Playing time breakdown: Tigers return plenty for 2019 run


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These two ACC players of the year are in a group of stars coming back offensively for the Tigers.
These two ACC players of the year are in a group of stars coming back offensively for the Tigers.

Clemson's final participation report for the 2018 football season was released recently, showing the depth in experience coming back on offense and how deep they ran on defense despite the number of departures.

Per Clemson, an average of 72.5 players saw action per game, which was at least 17 more than every fellow Playoff participant (55.7 the most).

On offense, 21 of the 28 depth chart contributors from the 44-16 National Championship win over Alabama are still on the roster after the NFL draft decisions. In that projected returning group, 17 averaged double-digit snaps per game.

Defensively, 10 return who averaged double-digit snaps, including four starters - two being Clemson's leaders in snaps last year on defense (CB A.J. Terrell - 805; OLB Isaiah Simmons - 780).

Last season, Clemson returned 18 each on offense and defense with a double-digit snap average.

Breaking down the playing time for the national championship with a look ahead to 2019:

Clemson snaps breakdown: National Championship game/Early 2019 outlook

(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 and players currently on roster in italics; this breakdown notes all depth chart contributors and select scholarship players)

Offense (28)

Quarterback (2): Trevor Lawrence 61 (768), Chase Brice 4 (174).

Running Back (3): Travis Etienne 34 (486), Adam Choice 18 (218), Tavien Feaster 17 (231).

Wide Receiver (8): Hunter Renfrow 47 (553), Justyn Ross 37 (343), Amari Rodgers 35 (565), Tee Higgins 29 (550), Derion Kendrick 20 (283), Trevion Thompson 19 (324), Diondre Overton 19 (252), T.J. Chase 8 (178).

Tight end (4): Garrett Williams 19 (433), Milan Richard 8 (305), Cannon Smith 8 (111), J.C. Chalk 1 (105).

Offensive Line (11): Mitch Hyatt 62 (869), Tremayne Anchrum 62 (805), Justin Falcinelli 62 (803), John Simpson 61 (858), Gage Cervenka 36 (549), Sean Pollard 30 (508), Matt Bockhorst 6 (178), Jackson Carman 4 (209), Cade Stewart 4 (265), Chandler Reeves 4 (109), OT Blake Vinson (77).

Defense (22)

Defensive End (4): Clelin Ferrell 57 (691), Austin Bryant 57 (667), Xavier Thomas 20 (305), Justin Foster 12 (180).

Defensive Tackle (4): Christian Wilkins 64 (621), Albert Huggins 56 (408), Nyles Pinckney 16 (316), Jordan Williams 4 (147).

Linebacker (7): Isaiah Simmons 73 (780), Kendall Joseph 61 (738), Tre Lamar 61 (565), J.D. Davis 10 (346), LB James Skalski* 9 (38), Chad Smith 3 (127), Judah Davis 2 (74).

DB (CB/S/NB - 7): A.J. Terrell 73 (805), Tanner Muse 56 (664), K’Von Wallace 56 (661), Trayvon Mullen 55 (701), Nolan Turner 26 (391), Mark Fields 18 (302), Denzel Johnson 14 (378).

Special teams-only (NCG): LB Jalen Williams (249), Shaq Smith (140), CB Kyler McMichael (101), CB Mario Goodrich (113), LB Baylon Spector (62).

Did not play (non-true freshmen in NCG): DT Dexter Lawrence** (467), Logan Rudolph (141), OL Zach Giella** (114), RB Lyn-J Dixon (106), DT Xavier Kelly (93), TE Braden Galloway** (87), DE Chris Register (81), CB LeAnthony Williams (73), WR Cornell Powell (65)*.

True freshmen participation: Xavier Thomas 15 games, Trevor Lawrence 15, Justyn Ross 15, Derion Kendrick 15, B.T. Potter 15, Mario Goodrich 14, Lyn-J Dixon 13, Jackson Carman 13, Kyler McMichael 12, Braden Galloway 12, K.J. Henry* 4, Jake Venables* 3, Mike Jones Jr.* 3, Jordan McFadden* 3, Ben Batson* 2, Justin Mascoll* 1, Darnell Jefferies* 1.

* Redshirt

** Suspended for Alabama game.

Snaps by week

Game one

Game two

Game three

Game four

Game five

Game six

Game seven

Game eight

Game nine

Game ten

Game eleven

Game twelve

Game thirteen

Game fourteen

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