Furman-Clemson: Who got the snaps?

Fourteen players, including numerous backups, logged their season highs against Paladins

Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley pressures Furman quarterback Reese Hannon in the fourth quarter.

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Clemson defensive end Vic Beasley pressures Furman quarterback Reese Hannon in the fourth quarter.

With several front-line players nursing injuries and the Furman game in hand by midway through the third quarter, the Tiger coaching staff was again able to invest significant playing time in young players - particularly second-teamers growing into more substantial roles in their various position rotations.

Fourteen Tigers logged their season highs in snaps, in addition to Sammy Watkins, who saw his first action of the season.

Sophomore Vic Beasley led all players at the defensive end position with a season-high 35 snaps. First-year freshman Kevin Dodd played 14 snaps.

Four players topped out their season numbers on the interior defensive line, due in part to the absence of DeShawn Williams, who went out on the Tigers' first defensive series and did not return.

Josh Watson played a career-high 36 snaps, D.J. Reader had 28 (third overall among defensive linemen), Carlos Watkins was in for 15 plays, and Rod Byers played eight.

In the secondary, Jonathan Meeks topped all players with a season-high 61 snaps, while cornerback Cortez Davis surpassed his previous season-high with nine snaps.

Both Quandon Christian (39) and Spencer (32) hit new highs at the linebacker spots.

On offense, Ryan Norton, who played center in his debut against Ball State, moved to right guard in Tyler Shatley's absence and played a season-high 55 snaps. Harrison Tucker played 16 snaps on the offensive line.

Sam Cooper was in for a season-high 14 plays - second at the tight end position behind Brandon Ford.

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

Offense (32)

Offensive Line (11): Ryan Norton 55 (104), Dalton Freeman 52 (177), Brandon Thomas 52 (185), Kalon Davis 52 (104), Shaq Anthony 41 (98), Isaiah Battle 18 (59), Spencer Region 18 (54), Joe Gore 16 (50), Harrison Tucker 16 (29), Tyler Shatley 12 (145), Gifford Timothy 11 (99)

Running Back (3): Andre Ellington 40 (137), Zac Brooks 16 (36), Rod McDowell 12 (39)

Quarterback (2): Tajh Boyd 52 (182), Cole Stoudt 16 (52)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 5 (18)

Tight End (4): Brandon Ford 38 (148), Sam Cooper 14 (39), Eric Mac Lain 9 (24), Stanton Seckinger 5 (33)

Wide Receiver (11): Sammy Watkins 38 (38), DeAndre Hopkins 37 (160), Jaron Brown 35 (136), Charone Peake 24 (133), Adam Humphries we (94), Martavis Bryant 21 (78), Matt Porter 9 (59), Daniel Rodriguez 7 (24), Wes Forbush 6 (14), Julian Patton 1 (10), Andrew Maass 1 (6)

Defense (29)

Linebacker (6): Stephone Anthony 57 (160), Quandon Christian 39 (82), Spencer Shuey 32 (71), Corico Wright 32 (73), Tony Steward 25 (25), B.J. Goodson 1 (9)

Defensive Line (8): Josh Watson 36 (91), Grady Jarrett 36 (106), D.J. Reader 28 (59), Carlos Watkins 15 (27), DeShawn Williams 9 (80), Rod Byers 8 (14), Tra Thomas 4 (8), Stephen Young 2 (2)

Defensive End (5): Vic Beasley 35 (76), Malliciah Goodman 35 (128), Corey Crawford 31 (120), Tavaris Barnes 23 (60), Kevin Dodd 14 (22)

Defensive Back (10): Jonathan Meeks 61 (180), Darius Robinson 56 (169), Xavier Brewer 51 (154), Rashard Hall 49 (112), Bashaud Breeland 38 (148), Travis Blanks 31 (96), Cortez Davis 9 (15), Robert Smith 9 (27), Dante Stewart 9 (22), Taylor Watson 3 (15)

Special Teams Only (9): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Michael Sobeski, Phillip Fajgenbaum, C.J. Jones, Collins Mauldin, Bradley Pinion, Lateek Townsend, Jerodd Williams

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