Wake Forest: Who got the snaps?

Travis Blanks, Quandon Christian share position, but it's not 50-50

Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer and linebacker Travis Blanks stop Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro on third down during the fourth quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Clemson free safety Xavier Brewer and linebacker Travis Blanks stop Wake Forest's Michael Campanaro on third down during the fourth quarter at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Travis Blanks and Quandon Christian share the position designated ' Sam/Nickel' on Clemson's football depth chart.

It's not a 50-50 kind of sharing, however.

Brent Venables' personnel deployment is situational, and last Thursday's game against Wake Forest called for a heavy dose of defensive backs, just as the Tigers' previous game against Virginia Tech required more input from the linebacking corps.

Blanks played a season-high 71 snaps against Wake Forest, after logging a season-low 11 against Virginia Tech.

Christian, meanwhile, spent all but four snaps on the bench against the Deacons, after playing a season-high 68 snaps against the Hokies.

Blanks was one of five Tigers who played season-highs against Wake Forest, joining defensive end Tavaris Barnes (30 snaps), defensive backs Xavier Brewer (66) and Dante Stewart (21), and running back D.J. Howard (15).

Snaps at the two defensive end spots were spread relatively evenly among four players. Starters Malliciah Goodman and Corey Crawford played 40 and 38 snaps, respectively, while Barnes and Vic Beasley each played 30 snaps. Kevin Dodd also got into the mix with 13 snaps.

On the offensive line, Ryan Norton played 29 snaps, while Kalon Davis, Shaq Anthony, Reid Webster, and Isaiah Battle made brief appearances.

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

Offense (30)

Offensive Line (10): Tyler Shatley 84 (544), Brandon Thomas (84) (592), Gifford Timothy 84 (507), Dalton Freeman 80 (571), David Beasley 54 (439), Ryan Norton 29 (169), Kalon Davis 4 (133), Shaq Anthony 2 (101), Isaiah Battle 2 (61), Reid Webster 2 (8)

Wide Receiver (9): DeAndre Hopkins 51 (450), Sammy Watkins 45 (248), Jaron Brown 44 (388), Adam Humphries 39 (247), Charone Peake 29 (276), Martavis Bryant 25 (134), Matt Porter 6 (55), Wes Forbush 4 (18), Daniel Rodriguez 3 (28)

Running Back (4): Andre Ellington 53 (428), D.J. Howard 15 (52), Rod McDowell 12 (99), Zac Brooks 2 (38)

Tight End (4): Brandon Ford 57 (455), Sam Cooper 31 (160), Stanton Seckinger 6 (55), Eric Mac Lain 3 (35)

Quarterback (2): Tajh Boyd 79 (581), Cole Stoudt 6 (59)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 11 (66)

Defense (25)

Linebacker (6): Tig Willard 54 (385), Spencer Shuey 48 (214), Stephone Anthony 37 (390), Corico Wright 18 (127), Quandon Christian 4 (300), Tony Steward 3 (47)

Defensive Line (6): DeShawn Williams 38 (248), Grady Jarrett 37 (311), Josh Watson 22 (266), D.J. Reader 21 (153), Carlos Watkins 13 (53), Rod Byers 9 (23)

Defensive End (5): Malliciah Goodman 40 (381), Corey Crawford 38 (354), Tavaris Barnes 30 (155), Vic Beasley 30 (155), Kevin Dodd 13 (42)

Defensive Back (8): Rashard Hall 76 (435), Travis Blanks 71 (334), Xavier Brewer 66 (390), Jonathan Meeks 63 (532), Garry Peters 47 (219), Cortez Davis 22 (37), Dante Stewart 21 (47), Robert Smith 12 (40)

Special Teams Only (10): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Michael Sobeski, Phillip Fajgenbaum, Marcus Bullard, B.J. Goodson, Ammon Lakip, Bradley Pinion, Lateek Townsend, Taylor Watson

Did Not Play: Bashaud Breeland, Darius Robinson, Joe Gore, Tra Thomas, Jerrodd Williams

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