Playing time breakdown: Tiger defenders see ACC season-highs in snaps


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Christian Wilkins played his second-most snaps of the season versus Duke (55).
Christian Wilkins played his second-most snaps of the season versus Duke (55).

A storyline this season has been the lower percentage of snaps Clemson starters have had to play with depth built on both sides of the ball.

Going into the final two games before bowls/Playoffs, Dabo Swinney's Tigers faced their most defensive snaps of the season versus Duke (79). That meant conference-high totals for starters in A.J. Terrell (76), Kendall Joseph (73), Trayvon Mullen (72), Isaiah Simmons (70), Tanner Muse (62), Austin Bryant (56), Christian Wilkins (55) and Dexter Lawrence (50).

The number of times Clemson defenders have played 50 or more snaps have been minimal overall, however: Terrell (4 games), Simmons (4), Mullen (3), Joseph (3), Bryant (3), Clelin Ferrell (3), K'Von Wallace (3), Wilkins (2), Lawrence (2), Muse (2), Tre Lamar (1).

For comparison, Joseph played 50-plus snaps in eight of the first 11 games last season and Ferrell did so in seven of the first 11 contests.

Among the reserves this season, Xavier Thomas has played 20-plus snaps for six-straight games and seven in the last eight, posting three more or tackles in each (6.5 for loss).

Taking a look at more game and season totals:

Clemson snaps breakdown: Duke
(Players assigned positionally by place on the depth chart; the initial participation report is provided by Clemson and represents all non-special teams snaps; season totals in parentheses; this breakdown notes all depth chart contributors and select scholarship players)

Offense (31)
Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 61 (496), Chase Brice 13 (151).
Running Back (4): Travis Etienne 36 (340), Tavien Feaster 18 (155), Adam Choice 9 (170), Lyn-J Dixon 6 (83).
Wide Receiver (8): Amari Rodgers 43 (411), Trevion Thompson 39 (233), Tee Higgins 34 (402), Justyn Ross 20 (228), Derion Kendrick 20 (198), Hunter Renfrow** 17 (381), Diondre Overton 15 (172), T.J. Chase 15 (139).
Tight end (5): Garrett Williams 33 (298), Milan Richard 23 (235), Cannon Smith 8 (83), J.C. Chalk 5 (85), Braden Galloway 5 (81).
Offensive Line (12): John Simpson 64 (616), Mitch Hyatt 64 (599), Tremayne Anchrum 64 (556), Justin Falcinelli 64 (528), Gage Cervenka 51 (372), Sean Pollard 22 (372), Matt Bockhorst 11 (124), Chandler Reeves 9 (92), Cade Stewart 8 (242), Zach Giella 8 (109), Jackson Carman 8 (180), Blake Vinson 3 (74).

Defense (27)
Defensive End (6): Austin Bryant 56 (460), Clelin Ferrell 55 (473), Xavier Thomas 25 (214), Chris Register 10 (75), Justin Foster 9 (143), Logan Rudolph 9 (118).
Defensive Tackle (6): Christian Wilkins 55 (411), Dexter Lawrence 50 (379), Albert Huggins 24 (263), Nyles Pinckney 22 (241), Jordan Williams 9 (119), Xavier Kelly 1 (92).
Linebacker (7): Kendall Joseph 73 (509), Isaiah Simmons 70 (538), Tre Lamar 42 (397), Shaq Smith 25 (116), Chad Smith 15 (100), Jalen Williams 10 (220), Judah Davis 5 (59), Baylon Spector 4 (62), Mike Jones Jr. 2 (15), Jake Venables 1 (6).
DB (CB/S/NB - 8): A.J. Terrell 76 (536), Trayvon Mullen 72 (459), Tanner Muse 62 (456), K’Von Wallace 54 (478), Denzel Johnson 26 (279), Nolan Turner 23 (292), Mark Fields 10 (242), Mario Goodrich 5 (106).

Special teams-only:
Did not play (non-true freshmen): LB J.D. Davis (233)**, CB LeAnthony Williams (73), WR Cornell Powell (65)*, James Skalski* (23).
True freshmen participation (11): Xavier Thomas 11 games, Trevor Lawrence 11, Justyn Ross 11, Derion Kendrick 11, B.T. Potter 11, Kyler McMichael DNP (10), Braden Galloway 10, Lyn-J Dixon 10, Mario Goodrich 10, Jackson Carman 9, K.J. Henry* DNP (4), Jake Venables 3, Mike Jones Jr. 3, Jordan McFadden DNP (3), Ben Batson DNP (2), Justin Mascoll DNP (1), Darnell Jefferies DNP (1).

* Slated for redshirt (not limited to this group but these are players who have been tagged as redshirts by coaches in media sessions)
** Missed significant time or was out due to injury.
Snaps by week
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Game four
Game five
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