Playing time breakdown: Tigers get back to bigger rotation versus 'Noles

Playing time breakdown: Tigers get back to bigger rotation versus 'Noles

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Clemson got back to its regular healthy of rotation versus Florida State.

The Tigers mixed in an equal amount of scholarship products on offense and defense (29), with ten seeing action on both the offensive and defensive lines. The postgame boxscore logged 83 total players seeing the field on offense, defense or special teams.

Isaiah Simmons continues to lead the way in snaps and impact defensively, playing 35-plus snaps for a 17th-straight game (39) and posting six stops (2 for loss) with a sack.

In the 300-plus rushing effort, five running backs received a carry - Darien Rencher averaging nine yards per in his three attempts over nine snaps among that group.

Among the freshmen, running back Michel Dukes and offensive lineman Will Putnam reached the four-game limit for a redshirt possibility. QB Taisun Phommachanh, LB Keith Maguire, TE Jaelyn Lay and DL Ruke Orhorhoro are all on the cusp of that with three, with Phommachanh the only one playing of that group on Saturday.

"We kept a couple guys out the other night that we could have played," Dabo Swinney said on his call-in show Monday night. "We were like, 'Nah, let's just hang on.' Maybe they had one game left or something like that. We've got a couple guys who have played two games or played three games and that we know we want to hold but let's just save a game in case we need them. There will come a point where you bite the bullet and say, 'We're good.' No matter what happens -- we wouldn't burn his redshirt for two games. Balancing that. And then there's some guys we use the four because we know we're going to redshirt them so it doesn't matter. We've had those bubble guys that we just keep getting them ready and try to hold them and use their games wisely and save some here and there. We'll make a decision later."

Clemson snaps breakdown: Florida State

(Players' snaps assigned positionally by place on the depth chart below; 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 (29)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 57 (327), Chase Brice 25 (77), Taisun Phommachanh 14 (43).

Running Back (5): Travis Etienne 36 (231), Lyn-J Dixon 24 (104), Chez Mellusi 12 (36), Michel Dukes 10 (35), Darien Rencher 9 (30).

Wide Receiver (9): Justyn Ross 39 (218), Tee Higgins% 28 (207), Joseph Ngata 38 (147), Diondre Overton 37 (170), Frank Ladson Jr. 31 (112), Amari Rodgers 27 (146), Cornell Powell 27 (91), T.J. Chase 20 (81), Will Swinney 10 (48).

Tight end (3): JC Chalk 38 (227), Davis Allen 25 (75), Luke Price 25 (72), .

Offensive Line (10): Tremayne Anchrum 59 (356), John Simpson 56 (331), Jackson Carman 56 (328), Gage Cervenka 51 (285), Sean Pollard 49 (291), Matt Bockhorst 46 (184), Cade Stewart 42 (138), Chandler Reeves 32 (78), Will Putnam 29 (68), Jordan McFadden 24 (131).

Defense (29)

Defensive End (5): Xavier Thomas 25 (198), Justin Foster 24 (168), Justin Mascoll 24 (115), K.J. Henry 22 (141), Logan Rudolph 20 (146).

Defensive Tackle (5): Nyles Pinckney 24 (154), Tyler Davis 21 (182), Xavier Kelly 20 (56), Jordan Williams 15 (100), Darnell Jefferies 9 (55).

Linebacker (7): Isaiah Simmons 39 (328), James Skalski 31 (287), Baylon Spector 31 (149), Chad Smith 28 (233), LB Mike Jones Jr. 23 (75), Kane Patterson 23 (33), Jake Venables 5 (69).

DB (CB/S/NB - 12): Derion Kendrick 40 (256), A.J. Terrell 39 (308), K’Von Wallace 30 (266), Nolan Turner 22 (213), Denzel Johnson 22 (104), Lannden Zanders 20 (43), Joseph Charleston 20 (37), Tanner Muse 18 (242), Jalyn Phillips 17 (28), Andrew Booth Jr. 16 (43), LeAnthony Williams 14 (39), Sheridan Jones 11 (44).

Special teams-only**: QB Ben Batson (2), CB Brian Dawkins Jr.

Did not play: TE Jaelyn Lay (33), CB Mario Goodrich (90), WR Brannon Spector (27), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (22), OL Hunter Rayburn (19), OL Mason Trotter (13), OL Kaleb Boateng (12), LB Keith Maguire (7), DL Etinosa Reuben (3), DB Ray Thornton III (3), DE Greg Williams (2), QB Ben Batson (2), LB LaVonta Bentley (1), DT Tayquon Johnson (1).


True freshmen participation* (tracking for 4-game redshirt rule): DT Tyler Davis (4+), CB Andrew Booth (4+), WR Joseph Ngata (4+), WR Frank Ladson Jr. (4+), TE Davis Allen (4+), LB Kane Patterson (4+), CB Sheridan Jones (4+), RB Chez Mellusi (4+), S Lannden Zanders (4+), DB Jalyn Phillips (4+), S Joseph Charleston (4+), RB Michel Dukes (4), OL Will Putnam (4), TE Jaelyn Lay (3), LB Keith Maguire (3), QB Taisun Phommachanh (3), DL Ruke Orhorhoro (3), LB LaVonta Bentley (2), DB Ray Thornton (2), WR Brannon Spector (2), OL Hunter Rayburn (2), OL Kaleb Boateng (2), P Aidan Swanson (2), OL Mason Trotter (2), DT Tayquon Johnson (1), DL Etinosa Reuben (1), DE Greg Williams (1), LB Bryton Constantin% (0).

* Scholarship

** Non-specialists

% Injured.

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