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Clemson plays a lot of freshmen in rout of Golden Flashes

In Clemson’s 56-3 victory over Kent State on Saturday, the Tigers were able to play a good number of true and redshirt freshmen.

Co-offensive coordinator Jeff Scott said afterward the offense played 43 players on the offensive side of the ball, and though Brent Venables did not know the exact amount, he too said a lot of younger players got in on defense.

Here is a look at some of the true and redshirt freshman that got to play on Saturday.

Amari Rodgers: The Knoxville, Tenn., native came in the first quarter to catch his first career pass, a seven-yard pass from Kelly Bryant. He finished the game with three catches for 19 yards, which tied Ray-Ray McCloud for the team-lead in receptions.

Tee Higgins: The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native caught his first pass in the second quarter, also from Bryant for a gain of six yards. He also had a 12-yard reception in the third quarter and finished the game with two catches for 18 yards. His second quarter touchdown from Bryant was waved off after the freshman was called for offensive pass interference. He also had a pass from Bryant bounce off his body that would have been another touchdown.

Travis Etienne: Travis Etienne led the Tigers with 81 yards on eight carries, including a 54-yard run in the fourth quarter. The Jennings, La., native averaged 10.1 yards per carry and scored on a four-yard touchdown run.

T.J Chase: The redshirt freshman saw playing time in the first quarter and throughout the game, but he did not catch a pass.

Zerrick Cooper: The redshirt freshman saw playing time in the third quarter. He led the Tigers on two scoring drives. He complete his first touchdown pass to Cornell Powell for 14 yards, who also score his first touchdown. Cooper threw for 37 yards on 4-for-6 passing.

Hunter Johnson: The freshman from Indiana came in the fourth quarter and finished the game with 39 yards passing on 5-for-6 passing. His longest pass was an 18-yard pass to tight end J.C. Chalk.

J.C Chalk:  The redshirt freshman tight end caught two passes for 19 yards in his debut game. He caught an 18-yard pass from Johnson.

Nyles Pinckney: The redshirt freshman defensive tackle recorded three tackles, including a half tackle for loss.

Logan Rudolph: The true freshman defensive end tallied two tackles in his first action.

A.J. Terrell: The true freshman from Atlanta got into the game and had one tackle from his cornerback position.

Shaq Smith: After redshirting last year, Smith got in the game in the second half and recorded a tackle.

Justin Foster: The defensive end from Shelby, N.C. had one tackle.

Will Swinney: He started the game as the holder and held on every extra point. He later came in and played some at wide receiver.

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