Maryland: who got the snaps?

Coaches push starting offensive line to the final two series in 45-10 rout of Terps

Clemson center Dalton Freeman greets fans after a 45-10 win over Maryland at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson center Dalton Freeman greets fans after a 45-10 win over Maryland at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Chad Morris and Robbie Caldwell pushed Clemson's offensive line long and hard against Maryland.

Despite the fact that the Tigers were in cruise control after jumping on top 28-0 in the first half en route to a 45-10 victory, four of Clemson's starting five offensive linemen played 71 of the team's 76 offensive snaps. The lone exception was left guard David Beasley, who gave way earlier to Ryan Norton, who continues to log significant playing time as he prepares to move into the starting lineup next season.

Why, when most of Clemson's starters on both sides of the ball saw playing time divided relatively equally among starters and reserves, did the offensive line stay in the game?

It might be that while taking time off is good for quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and defensive lineman, it's not so beneficial for offensive linemen, who will likely be pushed from kickoff to final whistle in the Tigers' final two regular-season games.

Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that the coaching staff is still seeking a complete, full-game, consistent effort from Clemson's entire group of offensive linemen.

"We've done a good job - we did a good job last week," Swinney said. "What we're looking for now is consistency as a group - not just this guy or that guy."

One player among Clemson's regular rotation - wide receiver Adam Humphries - played a season-high in snaps against Maryland. He led all receivers with 49 snaps.

Two others match their season highs - running back Rod McDowell with 31 and linebacker Lateek Townsend with 13. Several walk-on reserves saw their first action of the season, including running backs George Johnson and C.J. Davidson, defensive back Beau Brown, and placekicker Brian Symmes.

A total of 69 players saw action from scrimmage, including 11 offensive linemen, 11 wide receivers, 11 defensive backs, eight defensive tackles and seven defensive ends.

Following is a breakdown of the Tigers' player participation against Maryland, with total season snaps in parentheses:

Offense (35)

Offensive Line (11): Gifford Timothy 71 (638), Brandon Thomas 71 (723), Dalton Freeman 71 (702), Tyler Shatley 71 (675), David Beasley 48 (526), Ryan Norton 33 (248), Eric Mac Lain 8...also played tight end (48), Reid Webster 6 (28), Joe Gore 3 (57), Shaq Anthony 3 (123)

Wide Receiver (11): Adam Humphries 49 (330), Charone Peake 37 (244), Martavis Bryant 33 (202), DeAndre Hopkins 32 (521), Jaron Brown 30 (454), Sammy Watkins 14 (322), Daniel Rodriguez 6 (46), Matt Porter 6 (70), Wes Forbush 4 (22), Julian Patton 2 (12), Andrew Maass 2 (8)

Tight End (3): Brandon Ford 39 (514), Sam Cooper 32 (227), Stanton Seckinger 11 (88)

Quarterback (3): Tajh Boyd 55 (698), Cole Stoudt 19 (99), Morgan Roberts 3 (10)

Running Back (6): Rod McDowell 31 (161), Andre Ellington 30 (459), Zac Brooks 7 (55), D.J. Howard 6 (101), George Johnson 3 (3), C.J. Davidson 2 (2)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 5 (86)

Defense (34)

Linebacker (8): Tig Willard 30 (466), Stephone Anthony 29 (439), Spencer Shuey 26 (291), Quandon Christian 18 (325), Tony Steward 16 (70), Lateek Townsend 13 (28), Corico Wright 10 (155), B.J. Goodson 2 (22)

Defensive Line (8): Carlos Watkins 22 (100), Grady Jarrett 18 (354), DeShawn Williams 18 (294), Rod Byers 14 (54), D.J. Reader 14 (187), Tra Thomas 3 (11), Steven Young 1 (3)

Defensive End (7): Corey Crawford 30 (413), Malliciah Goodman 24 (443), Tavaris Barnes 20 (207), Vic Beasley 19 (208), Kevin Dodd 13 (77), Zach Fulmer 1 (2), Collins Mauldin 1 (4)

Defensive Back (11): Travis Blanks 43 (440), Rashard Hall 40 (547), Jonathan Meeks 35 (607), Garry Peters 30 (298), Xavier Brewer 30 (482), Cortez Davis 26 (92), Bashaud Breeland 23 (364), Robert Smith 20 (103), Dante Stewart 3 (62), Beau Brown 1 (1), Taylor Watson 1 (27)

Special Teams Only (6): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Phillip Fajgenbaum, Michael Sobeski, Bradley Pinion, Brian Symmes

Did Not Play: Isaiah Battle, C.J. Jones, Jerome Maybank, Spencer Region, Darius Robinson, Jerrodd Williams, Justin Parker, Martin Jenkins

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