2011 Pre-Orange Bowl Clemson Participation Analysis

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 03: Tajh Boyd #10 of the Clemson Tigers looks to pass during the ACC Championship game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Bank of America Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

We were curious regarding the participation distribution based on class. Hence, we have taken all "regular snaps" (snaps taken on offense or defense but not on special teams) and looked at the numbers. We also did not take into account redshirt status. Hence, if a player is a redshirt freshman, we classify him as simply a Freshman. Graduate students are classified as Seniors (with the notable exception of Rashard Hall who we classified as a Junior because he still has another year of eligibility despite already being in graduate school). All information was obtained from the Clemson University athletic website, www.clemsontigers.com.

The results were about what is to be expected and the raw data is shown below. Roughly 2/3 of snaps this season were taken by juniors and seniors. Freshmen accounted for over 15% of the snaps and sophomores almost 18% of the overall snaps. The majority of the offensive/defensive line snaps were taken by upperclassmen. The receivers and QB slots were largely occupied by some of the young bucks. Andre Ellington was a junior who saw the majority of the snaps as the feature back.

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Class

No. Snaps

Overall Percentage of Snaps

Fr.

3,211

15.2%

So.

3,773

17.9%

Jr.

7,469

35.4%

Sr.

6,661

31.5%

Total

21,114

100.0%

Overall, 23 players had over 400 snaps on the season. These numbers can be seen in the table below. The snap breakdown should show few surprises. We were extremely thin on the offensive line so it is understandable that our starting center and tackle led the team in total snaps. Tajh Boyd was used almost exclusively over the course of the season as Cole Stoudt received little playing time during critical situations sans the Boston College game. Price, Allen, Thomas, and McClain each logged over 700 snaps as members of the offensive line / Tight End. Sensabaugh and Hall both played a tremendous amount in the defensive backfield. What makes these numbers impressive is that Hall played injured for the majority of the season and still racked up 714 snaps heading into the Orange Bowl.

As we've said all season, 2012 will require Clemson to replace a large number of offensive and defensive linemen who accounted for a very large portion of the teams' snaps. Fortunately, Clemson returns most of its offensive skills players who accounted for a ton of playing time this season. This includes quarterback Tajh Boyd (928 snaps), Andre Ellington and Nuk Hopkins (each with 694 snaps to date), and-of course-freshman phenom Sammy Watkins-606 total offensive plays in 2011.

#

Player

POS

Cl.

Total

55

Dalton Freeman

C

*Jr.

975

72

Landon Walker

OT

*Gr.

967

10

Tajh Boyd

QB

*So.

928

15

Coty Sensabaugh

CB

*Gr.

904

74

Antoine McClain

OG

Sr.

855

83

Dwayne Allen

TE

*Jr.

829

79

Phillip Price

OT

*Sr.

777

31

Rashard Hall

S

*Jr.

714

63

Brandon Thomas

OL

*So.

702

97

Malliciah Goodman

DE

Jr.

700

40

Andre Branch

DE

*Sr.

698

23

Andre Ellington

RB

*Jr.

694

6

DeAndre Hopkins

WR

So.

694

29

Xavier Brewer

DB

*Jr.

682

94

Rennie Moore

DT

*Sr.

669

98

Brandon Thompson

DT

Sr.

669

5

Jonathan Meeks

S

Jr.

664

42

Corico Hawkins

LB

Jr.

653

46

Jonathan Willard

LB

*Jr.

614

2

Sammy Watkins

WR

Fr.

606

18

Jaron Brown

WR

*Jr.

582

17

Bashaud Breeland

CB

*Fr.

561

34

Quandon Christian

LB

*So.

402

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