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2016 Clemson Football Offensive Line Participation

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As is tradition at STS, we are once again taking a look at the participation numbers for each player at Clemson during the 2016 season. While number of games played is a nice top level number, looking at snap counts provides a much better idea of how much experience a player is getting. It is also a good way of determining if a player should have redshirted or not. Ideally, a player should get at least 100 snaps in a season as a freshman, otherwise a redshirt would have been a better idea barring issues with depth. Also note that all snap counts are through the Ohio State game; totals for the Alabama game have not been published by Clemson.

The offensive line is always interesting to look at in these charts. We always preach about the importance of recruiting 3-4 guys on the OL each season, but it is rare for more than 6 of them to get significant snaps. Continuity is key for the OL and outside of blowouts some of the best teams in the country play the same 5-6 guys for most of the snaps during the season.

OL Snaps

Player Position Year Auburn Troy SC State Georgia Tech Louisville Boston College NC State FSU Syracuse Pittsburgh Wake Forest South Carolina Virginia Tech Ohio State Totals
Player Position Year Auburn Troy SC State Georgia Tech Louisville Boston College NC State FSU Syracuse Pittsburgh Wake Forest South Carolina Virginia Tech Ohio State Totals
Jay Guillermo OL R Senior 81 79 30 72 66 42 94 73 51 97 74 56 80 77 972
Taylor Hearn OL R Sophomore 81 63 30 68 66 44 84 77 41 98 62 52 80 77 923
Mitch Hyatt OL Sophomore 81 74 30 68 66 46 94 81 63 2 69 64 80 77 895
Tyrone Crowder OL R Junior 81 54 20 62 54 28 86 70 59 59 57 48 61 54 793
Jake Fruhmorgen OL Sophomore 81 74 30 78 66 44 94 56 0 0 0 0 0 0 523
Sean Pollard OL Freshman 0 11 32 4 0 15 0 25 57 98 64 60 70 53 489
Maverick Morris OL R Junior 0 32 23 20 12 23 8 11 9 39 19 35 22 37 290
Tremayne Anchrum OL Freshman 0 13 32 15 0 4 0 0 34 89 12 45 7 37 288
Justin Falcinelli OL R Sophomore 0 23 32 18 0 17 10 8 23 1 2 30 0 10 174
John Simpson OL Freshman 0 10 32 0 0 24 0 3 33 7 15 26 0 10 160
Gage Cervenka OL R Freshman 0 0 21 0 0 9 0 0 6 0 2 15 0 8 61
Noah Green OL R Freshman 0 0 15 0 0 9 0 0 6 0 2 9 0 0 41
Zach Giella OL R Freshman 0 0 10 0 0 4 0 0 3 0 0 11 0 4 32
Logan Tisch OL R Freshman 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 5 0 0 26
Seth Penner OL R Freshman 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 5 0 0 26
Kelby Bevelle OL R Junior 0 0 15 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 21
Pat Godfrey OL R Freshman 0 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 0 0 12

In 2015, the starting 5 on the OL was rock solid outside of an injury to Tyrone Crowder late in the season. I 2016, things were a bit more fluid. Some poor performances led to the coaching staff giving different guys a shot at playing. Jake Fruhmorgen’s departure from the team also created a little bit of upheaval.

That’s why Sean Pollard saw so many snaps this year and Maverick Morris got a good look in relief as well. Sadly the backups weren’t quite ready to challenge the starting 5. Given some lackluster performances by the OL it would have been nice for the coaching staff to have the threat of the backups taking time from the starters for motivational purposes.

As for 2017, things will get interesting. Only 26% of the snaps are departing, and a chunk of those are from Jake Fruhmorgen. I’d argue that those snaps have already been replaced by Sean Pollard so Clemson should be ok. Even if Pollard isn’t amazing he should be more than up to the task and certainly better than Fruhmorgen.

The other big name leaving is Jay Guillermo. I know we’ve bagged on Guillermo during his time at Clemson, but he really put things together this year and did a very good job at center. It is a difficult position and he handled it well. What the coaching staff decides to do at center is going to have repercussions along the entire line and may be the second most important position battle this year.