Man on the move: Carlos Watkins moves up into co-starter spot at defensive tackle

Sophomore played career-high 34 snaps against Georgia, second among DTs behind Grady Jarrett

Clemson's Carlos Watkins during spring practice.

Photo by Ken Ruinard

Clemson's Carlos Watkins during spring practice.

Carlos Watkins is on the move.

The Tigers' sophomore defensive tackle has climbed into co-starting position on the Tigers' depth chart after playing his way deep into Clemson's rotation Saturday night against Georgia.

The former four-star recruit logged a career-high 34 snaps on Saturday - second among defensive tackles behind Grady Jarrett, who had 46 snaps, and fourth among all defensive linemen after Corey Crawford (50), Vic Beasley (47) and Jarrett.

On the depth chart released on Monday, Watkins is listed as co-starter at one defensive tackle spot with Josh Watson, who played 33 snaps against the Bulldogs. Going into the game, he was listed in the co-No. 2 spot at the other defensive tackle position with D.J. Reader, behind Jarrett.

Also making his debut as a regular-rotation player up front was first-year freshman defensive end Shaq Lawson, who played 30 snaps.

Other defensive line totals included DeShawn Williams with 26, Tavaris Barnes with 22, D.J. Reader with eighth and Kevin Dodd with two.

Among linebackers, starters Stephone Anthony (71), Spencer Shuey (60) and Quandon Christian (57) got the majority of the snaps. Korrin Wiggins was in for 19 plays at nickel back, and T.J. Burrell got eight snaps behind Christian.

Other linebacker snap totals included Tony Steward with 11, B.J. Goodson with seven, and Kellen Jones with four.

Among defensive backs, Travis Blanks led the way with 74 snaps, followed by Robert Smith, who logged 67 despite having to leave the game at one point with cramps.

The majority of the snaps at the cornerback spots went to Bashaud Breeland (58), Garry Peters (49) and Darius Robinson (30).

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