There was a time, in the not-too-distant past, when Dabo Swinney always knew exactly which of his playmakers were on the field.
It mattered to the point of dictating what plays would, and wouldn't, be called.
Not any more.
Swinney's not touching Clowney controversy
While Swinney acknowledges the he still has a pretty good idea of when Sammy Watkins is on the field, it's not the same as when he took over the Tiger program, and C.J. Spiller and Jacoby Ford became the focal points of the offense.
"I don't even pay attention any more," Swinney said on Tuesday. "There was a time when certain guys had to be everywhere. We weren't going to win unless they were where they needed to be, to give us a chance. That's what makes us so difficult to handle. Sammy is going to get his touches, but he's also the best decoy we've got.
"He's the bait. They bite on that one, and that creates opportunities for other people."
Adam Humphries, Mike Williams and Germone Hopper all played more snaps than Watkins against Syracuse.
Through the first five games of the season, 11 players have caught touchdown passes - which is already a Clemson single-season record.
"I think that says in itself that we're pretty comfortable with how we substitute," Swinney said. "Guys are unselfish, the guys can all make plays, and we're confident in all those guys, and they know what they're doing."
Swinney Refuses To Bite
During his press conference on Tuesday, Swinney was asked if he'd ever had a player dictate his injury status or playing time, and what would he do if that happened - obviously referring to last week's Jadeveon Clowney situation at South Carolina.
Swinney refused to take the bait.
"I'm going to take the next question," he said. "I hope that never happens. I'm usually pretty in-tune with the injury report - on the same page with our trainers."