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Snap Count Review - Clemson vs. FSU

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The offense scored 24 against FBS competition!

Syndication: The Greenville News JOSH MORGAN/Staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

At least it wasn’t FSU too. In a year where Clemson has looked the most vulnerable since 2014, it was quite satisfying to see the Tigers deny FSU a win in Death Valley. Wins are hard to come by these days and each victory should be appropriately celebrated. This game was once again a close call (but still a W!) and gave bettors a heart attack just to keep things extra spicy.

All snap counts come from the official Clemson report found here; numbers do not necessarily denote official plays, but rather non-special-team snaps.

Clemson Offensive Snaps

Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
DJ Uiagalelei* QB 76 513
Will Shipley* RB 56 210
Phil Mafah RB 20 80
Justyn Ross* WR 67 394
Joseph Ngata* WR 60 354
EJ Williams WR 46 202
Beaux Collins WR 26 179
Ajou Ajou WR 13 200
Will Brown WR 5 27
Will Swinney WR 4 18
Dacari Collins WR 3 29
Drew Swinney WR 1 14
Davis Allen* TE 47 269
Sage Ennis* TE 21 125
Jake Briningstool TE 9 18
Jordan McFadden* OL 76 525
Walker Parks* OL 76 515
Will Putnam* OL 75 432
Marcus Tate* OL 62 379
Hunter Rayburn OL 62 162
Mason Trotter* OL 25 164
Paul Tchio OL 1 101

Shipley (56 snaps) is carrying this offense right now. On an offense largely devoid of consistent playmakers, he and fellow freshman RB Phil Mafah (20 snaps) are doing their best to provide an explosive element to this offense.

That critical score reminded me of Wayne Gallman’s touchdown run from a similar spot to seal the game against FSU in 2015. Shipley’s hard running and quick cuts are exciting to watch and give me a lot of hope for the future at this position, especially when paired with Mafah and Kobe Pace (held out for COVID-19).

DJ Uiagalelei (76 snaps), while far from perfect, did what was needed to win this game. Although the offense was aided by some late penalties to extend a game-winning drive, the team stepped up when it mattered most and delivered a go-ahead score. DJ’s fade to TE Davis Allen (47 snaps) in the corner of the endzone was his best throw all year in my opinion. More of that, please!

Ross (67 snaps) had probably his best game of the season, hauling in several crucial catches that he had previously dropped or missed in similar situations prior to this point. Perhaps this is the spark #8 needed to really kick his play into a higher gear; he was a much-needed reliable target for DJ on Saturday.

Mason Trotter made his third start of the season but unfortunately exited with an injury after only 25 snaps. That’s not good news for an offensive line that has had to rotate starters quite frequently this year.

Clemson Defensive Snaps

Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
Player Name (* indicates start) Position Game Snap Count Season Snap Count
Myles Murphy DE 43 343
Xavier Thomas DE 41 343
Justin Mascoll* DE 17 156
KJ Henry* DE 15 193
Kevin Swint DE 4 39
Tyler Davis* DT 38 134
Ruke Orhorhoro DT 33 327
Etinosa Reuben DT 7 120
Tre Williams DT 6 221
Payton Page DT 2 45
Baylon Spector* LB 49 389
James Skalski* LB 42 445
Trenton Simpson* LB 34 325
Barrett Carter LB 10 118
LaVonta Bentley LB 4 142
Andrew Booth* CB 49 443
Mario Goodrich* CB 47 339
Malcolm Greene CB 23 124
Fred Davis CB 10 71
Sheridan Jones CB 8 246
Nate Wiggins CB 5 75
Jalyn Phillips* S 56 230
Nolan Turner* S 36 402
Tyler Venables* S 31 195
Andrew Mukuba S 25 340
RJ Mickens S 24 199

Myles Murphy (43 snaps) is who we thought he was. The sophomore had the best game of his career against FSU, racking up 2.5 sacks, 3.5 TFL, and a blocked PAT, earning him ACC Co-Defensive Lineman of the week honors. He’s only getting better, and his talent pairs quite well with a resurgent Xavier Thomas (41 snaps).

It’s good to have Tyler Davis (38 snaps) back anchoring the defensive line - his presence can sometimes go under the radar in terms of flashy stats or big plays (that is often the life of a DT), but he is a war daddy if I ever saw one. Watching him play so hard does make me miss seeing his partner in crime Bryan Bresee out there (fingers crossed Davis returns for one more season!), but Ruke Orhorhoro (33 snaps) is having quite a season himself.

Syndication: The Greenville News JOSH MORGAN/Staff / USA TODAY NETWORK

James Skalski (42 snaps) leads the team with 63 tackles, closely followed by Baylon Spector (49 snaps) with 53 tackles and Trenton Simpson (34 snaps) with 33 tackles. These three are playing strong and were a large part of limiting FSU to just 65 yards on the ground, a week after the Seminoles ran for 365 yards against UMass.

Playing at an equally high level are corners Andrew Booth (49 snaps) and Mario Goodrich (47 snaps). This is a great CB duo, one of the stronger pairings of the Dabo era. There is the occasional bust or missed tackle, but the secondary play has been mostly consistent this year.

Assisting with those efforts is Jalyn Phillips (56 snaps), who has seen an uptick in his playing time the last two games. Andrew Mukuba (25 snaps) on the other hand has only logged 37 snaps in that same span after clearing 300 snaps in the first six games of the season.

I wrote last week that there were still several opportunities for this group of Tigers to end the year on a high note - FSU was second-highest on my personal wishlist for this season. If Clemson can find a way to win this weekend against Louisville, they have a chance to ride a 3-game winning streak (after UConn) into a primetime showdown with Wake Forest on November 20th.