Battle-tested Tigers ready to go the distance against Gamecocks

N.C. State: who got the snaps? Numerous Tigers played season highs in win over Wolfpack

Clemson right guard Tyler Shatley blocks for quarterback Tajh Boyd during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson right guard Tyler Shatley blocks for quarterback Tajh Boyd during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

If needed, the Tigers should be well prepared to go the distance on both sides of the ball Saturday night against South Carolina.

Many Clemson players saw a season high in snaps last week against N.C. State, as the Tigers hit a season-high 102 offensive plays. Four of Clemson's five starting offensive linemen played all 102 snaps - the exception being David Beasley (85), who was subbed by Kalon Davis and Ryan Norton.

Tajh Boyd played all but one snap for the offense, while fullback Darrell Smith played a season-high 20 snaps.

On defense, starting linebackers Spencer Shuey (83) and Tig Willard (83) rarely came off the field. The same was true of the starting secondary of Jonathan Meeks, Rashard Hall and Xavier Brewer (all 88 snaps each) and Garry Peters (83).

Overall, the Tigers used a pared-down lineup of 21 offensive players and 21 defensive players against N.C. State. Fourteen Tigers saw action on special teams only.

Following is a breakdown of Clemson's player participation against N.C. State, with total season snaps in parentheses:

Offense (21)

Offensive Line (7): David Beasley 85 (611), Kalon Davis 2 (164), Dalton Freeman 102 (804), Ryan Norton (263), Tyler Shatley 102 (777), Brandon Thomas 102 (825), Gifford Timothy 102 (740)

Wide Receiver (6): DeAndre Hopkins 66 (587), Sammy Watkins 59 (356), Jaron Brown 58 (512), Adam Humphries 41 (371), Charone Peake 37 (381), Martavis Bryant 30 (232)

Tight End (2): Brandon Ford 61 (575), Sam Cooper 44 (271)

Quarterback (2): Tajh Boyd 101 (799), Cole Stoudt 1 (100)

Running Back (3): Andre Ellington 59 (518), Rod McDowell 21 (182), D.J. Howard 14 (115)

Fullback: Darrell Smith 20 (106)

Defense (21)

Linebacker (6): Spencer Shuey 83 (374), Tig Willard 83 (549), Quandon Christian 53 (378), Stephone Anthony 5 (444), Tony Steward 3 (73), Corico Wright 2 (157)

Defensive Line (5): Grady Jarrett 58 (412), Josh Watson 45 (467), DeShawn Williams 38 (332), D.J. Reader 20 (207), Carlos Watkins 10 (110)

Defensive End (4): Malliciah Goodman 68 (511), Corey Crawford 57 (470), Vic Beasley 44 (252), Kevin Dodd 8 (85)

Defensive Back (6): Xavier Brewer 88 (570), Rashard Hall 88 (635), Jonathan Meeks 88 (695), Gary Peters 83 (381), Travis Blanks 45 (485), Bashaud Breeland 5 (369)

Special Teams Only (14): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Phillip Fajgenbaum, Michael Sobeski, Bradley Pinion, Zac Brooks, Cortez Davis, B.J. Goodson, Eric Mac Lain, Daniel Rodriguez, Robert Smith, Lateek Townsend, Taylor Watson, Reid Webster

Did Not Play: Shaq Anthony, Tavaris Barnes, Isaiah Battle, Rod Byers, Matt Porter, Spencer Region, Tra

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