Virginia Tech: who got the snaps?

Spencer Shuey has 15 tackles in 57 snaps at MLB; Grady Jarrett plays 72 snaps on defensive line

Spencer Shuey prepares to wrap up Tech runner JC Coleman

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Spencer Shuey prepares to wrap up Tech runner JC Coleman

It's one thing to get your first career start.

It's another to take ownership of the position.

Junior middle linebacker Spencer Shuey took a big step toward nailing down his top-tier role on Saturday when he started and played a career-high 57 snaps in Clemson's victory over Virginia Tech.

Shuey took advantage of his opportunity with the highest tackle game by a Clemson player this season - 15 tackles, according to coaches' film review, with 2.5 tackles for loss. In the Tigers' previous game, he made seven stops in just 24 snaps against Georgia Tech.

Shuey played in primary rotation with Quandon Christian, whose 68 snaps marked a season-high, and Tig Willard, who played 62 snaps. Stephone Anthony, who started the first six games of the season at middle linebacker, played 22 snaps against the Hokies, while Corico Hawkins played 17.

Christian's increased role against Virginia Tech's more tradition pro-sets meant a decrease in playing time for freshman Travis Blanks, who played just 11 snaps.

On the defensive front, Grady Jarrett rarely left the game. His 72 snaps marked a career high, and the highest total for a Clemson defensive lineman this season. Josh Watson was next with 43 snaps, while sophomore DeShawn Williams (30) and freshman D.J. Reader (27) played almost equally.

At defensive end, both Corey Crawford and Malliciah Goodman had season highs in snaps, as did Jonathan Meeks and Rashard Hall in the secondary.

On offense, all five starting offensive linemen went the distance (67 snaps). Martavis Bryant returned to the wide receiver rotation with 21 snaps.

Senior center Dalton Freeman was honored as Clemson's offensive player of the game; Meeks claimed the defensive award; and Tony Steward was cited as the Tigers' top special teams performer.

Following is a breakdown of Clemson's player participation against Virginia Tech, with total season snaps in parentheses:

Offense (20)

Offensive Line (5): David Beasley 67 (385), Dalton Freeman 67 (491), Tyler Shatley 67 (460), Brandon Thomas 67 (508), Gifford Timothy 67 (423)

Wide Receiver (7): DeAndre Hopkins 44 (399), Sammy Watkins 40 (203), Jaron Brown 33 (344), Adam Humphries 24 (208), Martavis Bryant 21 (109), Charone Peake 20 (172), Daniel Rodriguez 1 (25)

Tight End (3): Brandon Ford 54 (398), Sam Cooper 18 (129), Eric Mac Lain 2 (32)

Running Back (3): Andre Ellington 44 (375), D.J. Howard 10 (47), Rod McDowell 6 (87)

Quarterback (1): Tajh Boyd 66 (502)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 11 (55)

Defense (23)

Linebackers (5): Quandon Christian 68 (296), Tig Willard 62 (331), Spencer Shuey 57 (166), Stephone Anthony 22 (363), Corico Wright 17 (109)

Defensive Line (5): Grady Jarrett 72 (304), Josh Watson 43 (244), DeShawn Williams 30 (210), D.J. Reader 27 (132), Carlos Watkins 11 (40)

Defensive End (5): Malliciah Goodman 62 (341), Corey Crawford 56 (316), Vic Beasley 10 (125), Tavaris Barnes 9 (125), Kevin Dodd 7 (29)

Defensive Back (8): Jonathan Meeks 79 (469), Rashard Hall 79 (359), Garry Peters 58 (172), Xavier Brewer 45 (324), Bashaud Breeland 38 (317), Darius Robinson 21 (281), Travis Blanks 11 (263), Dante Stewart 4 (26)

Special Teams Only (14): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Cortez Davis, Kalon Davis, Phillip Fajgenbaum, B.J. Goodson, Ryan Norton, Stanton Seckinger, Robert Smith, Michael Sobeski, Tony Steward, Lateek Townsend, Reid Webster, Jerrodd Williams

Did Not Play: Shaq Anthony, Isaiah Battle, Zac Brooks, Rod Byers, Joe Gore, Bradley Pinion, Matt Porter, Spencer Region, Cole Stoudt, Tra Thomas

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