Florida State: who got the snaps?

Clemson's effort to build reliable depth still a work-in-progress on both sides of ball

Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

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Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins runs the ball past Florida State linebacker Vince Williams in the first quarter to set Clemson up for a touchdown in the first quarter.

The Tigers utilized a significantly scaled-down crew of players in their game against Florida State. A season-low total of 39 Tigers saw action from scrimmage - 20 on offense and 19 on defense.

At several positions, the numbers revealed the work-in-progress nature of the coaches' attempts to build reliable depth for big-game situations.

For example, only four linebackers saw action from scrimmage against the Seminoles, and one of those, senior Corico Wright, played just two snaps.

At the defensive end positions, starters Corey Crawford and Malliciah Goodman got the majority of the playing time, while Vic Beasley was in for just seven plays.

At running back, D.J. Howard and Rod McDowell spelled Andre Ellington for just nine plays, combined, while at tight end, Sam Cooper started the game and got 10 snaps, while Brandon Ford played 69. Neither Stanton Seckinger nor Eric Mac Lain played from scrimmage.

Several players who had logged significant snaps from scrimmage the past two weeks saw action only on special teams, including Tony Steward, Ryan Norton, Cortez Davis, Garry Peters and Robert Smith.

Several players being groomed as backups did not play, including Carlos Watkins, Shaq Anthony, Isaiah Battle, Joe Gore, Spencer Region, Rod Byers, Kevin Dodd, Zac Brooks and Seckinger.

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

Offense (20)

Offensive Line (6): Brandon Thomas 79 (264), Dalton Freeman 79 (256), Gifford Timothy 79 (178), Tyler Shatley 76 (221), David Beasley 57 (165), Kalon Davis 25 (129)

Wide Receiver (6): DeAndre Hopkins 67 (227), Sammy Watkins 65 (103), Jaron Brown 55 (191), Adam Humphries 14 (108), Charone Peake 12 (145), Martavis Bryant 10 (88)

Running Back (3): Andre Ellington 59 (196), D.J. Howard 5 (31), Rod McDowell 4 (43)

Quarterback (2): Tajh Boyd 77 (259), Cole Stoudt 1 (53)

Tight End (2): Brandon Ford 69 (217), Sam Cooper 10 (49)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 6 (24)

Defense (19)

Linebacker (5): Stephone Anthony 73 (233), Tig Willard 72 (159), Quandon Christian 64 (146), Spencer Shuey 9 (80), Corico Wright 2 (75)

Defensive Line (4): Grady Jarrett 38 (144), Josh Watson 33 (124), DeShawn Williams 31 (111), D.J. Reader 14 (73)

Defensive End (4): Malliciah Goodman 58 (186), Corey Crawford 43 (163), Tavaris Barnes 15 (75), Vic Beasley 7 (83)

Defensive Backs (6): Jonathan Meeks 77 (257), Rashard Hall 77 (189), Travis Blanks 69 (165), Xavier Brewer 59 (213), Darius Robinson 57 (226), Bashaud Breeland 44 (192)

Special Teams Only (17): Spencer Benton, Chandler Catanzaro, Cortez Davis, Phillip Fajgenbaum, B.J. Goodson, Eric Mac Lain, Ryan Norton, Garry Peters, Bradley Pinion, Daniel Rodriguez, Robert Smith, Michael Sobeski, Lateek Townsend, Tony Steward, Taylor Watson, Reid Webster, Jerrodd Williams

Did Not Play: Shaq Anthony, Isaiah Battle, Zac Brooks, Rod Byers, Kevin Dodd, Joe Gore, Matt Porter, Spencer Region, Stanton Seckinger, Tra Thomas, Carlos Watkins.

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