Brandon Thomas makes key left-to-right switch, leads Tigers in snaps for season

Tyler Shatley, Dalton Freeman, David Beasley, Tajh Boyd, Nuk Hopkins, Thomas topped 100 plays in Chick-fil-A Bowl

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd fades back to pass near left tackle Brandon Thomas during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd fades back to pass near left tackle Brandon Thomas during the second quarter at Memorial Stadium in Clemson.

Little did Brandon Thomas know that when push came to shove against LSU, he'd finish the season playing an unfamiliar position in Clemson's milestone 11th victory.

Thomas moved from left tackle to right tackle early in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and logged 103 snaps, tying him for most on an offense that wore down LSU's defense and paved the way for Chandler Catanzaro's game-winning field goal.

For the season, Thomas led all Tigers with 987 snaps played, just ahead of Dalton Freeman and Tajh Boyd, both of whom played 959 snaps.

On defense, high-snap honors went to safety Jonathan Meeks, with 835 snaps.

In the LSU game, DeAndre Hopkins concluded his career by playing 102 snaps, while Jaron Brown played 93 - both season highs.

Freshman Isaiah Battle, who stepped in at left tackle when Thomas moved to the right side, played 73 snaps, nearly doubling his previous season total.

Travis Blanks led all first-year freshmen with 563 snaps.

Grady Jarrrett (38) and Josh Watson (35) carried the load for the interior defensive line, with spot help from DeShawn Williams, D.J. Reader and Carlos Watkins.

In the Tigers' final game, a total of 55 players saw action - 21 on offense, 20 on defense and 14 on special teams only.

Offense (21)

Offensive Line (8): Dalton Freeman 103 (959), Tyler Shatley 103 (939), Brandon Thomas 103 (987), David Beasley 101 (764), Isaiah Battle 73 (153), Gofford Timothy 21 (987), Joe Gore 9 (66), Kalon Davis 2 (166)

Wide Receiver (6): DeAndre Hopkins 102 (738), Jaron Brown 93 (651), Adam Humphries 84 (469), Charone Peake 24 (417), Sammy Watkins 1 (403), Matt Porter 1 (71)

Tight End (2): Brandon Ford 73 (695), Sam Cooper 29 (314)

Quarterback (1): Tajh Boyd 102 (959)

Running Back (3): Andre Ellington 51 (606), Rod McDowell 44 (244), D.J. Howard 2 (119)

Fullback (1): Darrell Smith 12 (126)

Defense (20)

Linebacker (5): Tig Willard 42 (683), Quandon Christian 39 (447), Spencer Shuey 36 (502), Stephone Anthony 15 (459), Corico Wright 6 (163)

Defensive Tackle (5): Grady Jarrett 38 (512), Josh Watson 35 (461), DeShawn Williams 9 (370), D.J. Reader 7 (236), Carlos Watkins 3 (113)

Defensive End (5): Malliciah Goodman 38 (622), Corey Crawford 38 (575), Tavaris Barnes 10 (232), Vic Beasley 9 (288), Kevin Dodd 2 (87)

Defensive Back (5): Xavier Brewer 49 (711), Rashard Hall 49 (776), Jonathan Meeks 49 (835), Garry Peters 49 (522), Travis Blanks 16 (563)

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

Did Not Play: Shaq Anthony, Bashaud Breeland, Martavis Bryant, Rod Byers, Martin Jenkins, Jerome Maybank, Bradley Pinion, Spencer Region, Darius Robinson, Justin Parker, Cole Stoudt, Tra Thomas, Lateek Townsend, Jerrodd Wiliams.

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Bigboots writes:

Giff Timothy should be placed at the very bottom of the depth chart. Over-rated to say the least. Needs extensive work and a lot of coaching.

Clemorange writes:

I say replace giff Timothy with bigboots and see the difference.

Bleedsorange writes:

Let's not and say we didn't.

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