Last time out: who got the snaps against Wake Forest?

Korrin Wiggins, Jayron Kearse provide relief at safety spots

Clemson safety Korrin Wiggins dives to try to tackle Wake Forest flanker Michael Campanaro.

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Clemson safety Korrin Wiggins dives to try to tackle Wake Forest flanker Michael Campanaro.

More Tigers got more playing time against Wake Forest, while a few, as planned, got less.

After playing almost every snap against N.C. State, starting safeties Robert Smith and Travis Blanks got regular-rotation relief from first-year freshmen Jayron Kearse and Korrin Wiggins, both of whom logged season highs in snaps.

Jordan Leggett, another first-year freshman, got his most significant action of the season at tight end, while Mike Williams got his first start and, with 40 snaps, was second only to Sammy Watkins among wide receiver.

Shaq Anthony topped the offensive line chart, along with Tyler Shatley and Brandon Thomas, with 61 snaps, while Joe Gore played a career-high 24 plays. Others who shared in the playing time included Oliver Jones, Jerome Maybank and Cody Thurlow.

Other player with season highs included wide receivers Daniel Rodriguez, Matt Porter and Wes Forbush, running back Hammid Williams, linebacker Tony Steward, and defensive backs Cordrea Tankersley and Ronald Geohaghan.

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

Offense (38)

Offensive Line (14): Shaq Anthony 61, (147), Brandon Thomas 61 (254), Tyler Shatley 61 (222), Kalon Davis 58 (119), Ryan Norris 47 (239), Jay Guillermo 29 (86), Reid Webster 25 (63), Joe Gore 24 (31), Eric Mac Lain 24 (55), Oliver Jones 14 (23), Harrison Tucker 6 (13), Jerome Maybank 3 (3), Cody Thurlow 3 (3), David Beasley 2 (166)

Wide Receiver (11): Sammy Watkins 47 (181), Mike Williams 40 (97) Germone Hopper 33 (108), Adam Humphries 30 (147), Martavis Bryant 28 (188), T.J. Green 23 (61), Daniel Rodriguez 12 (22), Matt Porter 10 (23), Wes Forbush 4 (7), Julian Patton 3 (5), Alex Burdette 4 (7)

Running Back (5): C.J. Davidson 32 (69), D.J. Howard 21 (69), Rod McDowell 13 (142), Zac Brooks 11 (51) Hammid Williams 4 (7)

Tight End (5): Sam Cooper 25 (73), Stanton Seckinger 24 (127), Jordan Leggett 24 (45), Jay Jay McCullough 14 (32), Smith 12 (97)

Quarterback (3): Tajh Boyd 57 (253), Cole Stoudt 21 (53), Chad Kelly 7 (18)

Defense (31)

Defensive End (6): Vic Beasley 29 (153), Corey Crawford 29 (152), Shaq Lawson 21 (102), Tavaris Barnes 20 (77), Kevin Dodd 14 (40), Martin Aiken 7 (26)

Defensive Tackle (5): D.J. Reader 27 (79), Grady Jarrett 26 (140), Rod Byers 22 (48), DeShawn Williams 22 (97), Josh Watson 19 (101)

Linebacker (6): Stephone Anthony 41 (221), Spencer Shuey 37 (200), Tony Steward 26 (51), Quandon Christian 19 (162), Ben Boulware 15 (39), T.J. Burrell 3 (44)

Defensive Back (14): Darius Robinson 44 (154), Robert Smith 43 (218), Bashaud Breeland 36 (191), Travis Blanks 35 (220), Korrin Wiggins 25 (63), Jayron Kearse 23 (44), Garry Peters 22 (122), Martin Jenkins 21 (63(, Jerrodd Williams 10 (24), C.J. Jones 10 (23), Jadar Johnson 9 (35), Taylor Watson 6 (35), Ronald Geohaghan 3 (3), Cordrea Tankersley 3 (3)

Special Teams Only (7): Jim Brown, Chandler Catanzaro, Phillip Fajgenbaum, Corbin Jenkins, Ammon Lakip, Bradley Pinion, Michael Sobeski

Did Not Play: Isaiah Battle, Patrick DeStefano, Carlos Watkins, B.J. Goodson, Kellen Jones, Charone Peake, Spencer Region, Gifford Timothy

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

I thought Tony Steward was a 5 star recruit? I realize he has had a lot of bad breaks with injuries, but when is he gonna show his stuff? And I made a comment about McKenzie Alexander and his playing time. I realize the importance of maybe red shirting him, but I also know this is our best chance to do something big with football this year and he was gonna be a key to our defensive backfield resurrection and now he's hurt. I'm just really disappointed and don't want us to not play him if we really need him. I hope we are good enough at corner not to have to play him, but I don't know.

lhaselden writes:

Tony Steward wasa 5 star recruit... you do not get playing time by how many stars you were in high school! Last year Willard was in his spot... and Shuey was in Anthony's spot... I would not have had it anyother way..... This year Anthony pushed Shuey out of his spot in the middle by the way he played, so Shuey took Steward's spot and I love the way Shuey and Anthony compliment each other... and if Stward does not push himself. Boulware may take the spot next year! Steward is a good player, he is earning his scholarship... but the best player starts and plays the most... Stwward has been learnign behind Willard last year and Shuey this year... if he ain't starting next year then somebody that is playing better will be....

Clemorange writes:

Yeah I love the way Anthony and Spencer play off each other. It's the best combo for sure. Let him redshirt. I have said this from before kick off against Georgia and I'm saying it now. I'm more worried about our offense than our defence. We had offensive three and outs against wake forest. There are no excuses for that. It will be much easier for a good D to stall our offense out than it will be for a good offense to continuously have success against out defense.

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