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Charts and notes of USC player snap participation in the Stanford game

USC used two tight end sets on six of first eight plays and averaged 8.7 yards per play on them. It used two TE sets once the rest of the game. That and much more from the participation notes and charts.

Couple of quick notes to go with the USC-Stanford participation breakdown chart:

- Players that were out with injuries: Noah Jefferson, Jamel Cook, John Plattenburg, Vavae Malepeai, Toa Lobendahn.

- Players that were injured and did not finish the home opener: Marvell Tell III, Ronald Jones II.

- Players that returned from injuries: Marvell Tell III, Ronald Jones II.

- Players that made their USC career debuts: Keyshawn Young, Clayton Johnston, Cole Smith.

- USC used 55 players in the game with snap counts ranging from Damien Mama's 79 total snaps to Dominic Davis' brief one-snap appearance on offense.

Offensive Line Solidified

While it sometimes seemed like the offensive line wasn't on the same page, for the first time this season, the five men up front remained the same throughout the entirety of the game. Damien Mama took over the left guard full-time officially and played every offensive play. With Chad Wheeler playing in front of Chuma Edoga and there being no injuries or ejections this week, all five linemen were together the whole time.

One offensive line change came on special teams where Nico Falah was taken off extra point and field goal duties with redshirt freshman Clayton Johnston taking his place.

Defense Packages, But Doesn't Sub

Defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast continues to substitute like he's coaching in the NFL, which means barely at all. The Trojans used did use four different personnel packages -- base, jumbo, nickel and dime -- against Stanford, but barely any actual player substitutions were used. 

The Trojans have been splitting time between their base package and nickel for the first two games, but unveiled two new groupings. When Stanford went to its "Ogre" package with extra linemen and no receivers, USC countered by taking out Adoree' Jackson, Chris Hawkins and Iman Marshall in favor of an extra defensive lineman, Josh Fatu, and a pair of linebackers that were placed on the edge of the alignment -- John Houston Jr. and Jordan Iosefa.

Since they were facing Stanford, the Trojans surprisingly also used a dime defensive package taking their best run stoppers, Cam Smith and Stevie Ts'ikolovatu, out and replacing them with a pass-rushing defensive lineman in Josh Fatu and a sixth defensive back with Jonathan Lockett getting that role.

The only actual substitutions included Fatu getting some snaps at defensive end alongside Tu'ikolovatu and Ajene Harris subbing in place of Iman Marshall for a handful of plays.

How did those packages fare?

The jumbo defense that USC used was the best, allowing 60 yards on 13 plays (4.6 ypp) while Stanford was able to 8.4 yards per play when USC was in its nickel defense.

Career Highs

Because of the different packages USC used to combat Stanford's physical rushing attack, there were four defenders that set USC career highs in total plays. In the jumbo package, freshmen John Houston Jr. and Jordan Iosefa got their first significant defensive playing time. Both played 24 total snaps with 13 coming on defense.

The defensive line also had a heavy workload with Stevie Tu'ikolovatu and Rasheem Green both went over the 50-play threshold for the first time in a USC uniform. Green played 58 snaps while Tu'ikolovatu finished with 52.

Top Play Counts

The USC offensive line stayed in tact throughout the game for the first time under Neil Callaway with all five starters playing all 61 offensive snaps. Left guard Damien Mama also played 18 special teams snaps, making him the most used Trojan against Stanford with 79 total snaps.

Four defensive players also played every snap on their side of the ball -- Uchenna Nwosu, Porter Gustin, Marvell Tell III and Michael Hutchings. Nwosu led the group in total snaps at 71 thanks to nine special teams snaps.

On special teams, Mama's 18 snaps led the team while Jabari Ruffin played 16 and Leon McQuay III was on the field for 15 plays.

Productive Offense

When you look at the yards per play production, the numbers are pretty good across the board. The offense averaged 5.8 yards per play. Wait...what? Yes. As much as anyone wanted to rag on Max Browne or Tee Martin or whoever, the offense was very productive. So how did they manage just 10 points? Penalties is the easy answer. The production was great when they snapped the ball, but penalties killed things.

At the running back position, the team was most productive when Ronald Jones II was in, averaging 6.2 ypp on his 24 snaps. Justin Davis' 33 total plays produced 5.8 ypp. The most productive ypp on the offense was Jalen Greene (11.9 ypp). He played only seven plays, but three of those went for 10+ yard gains. In correlation, Darreus Rogers had the lowest ypp (4.9) of anyone with more than two offensive snaps. 

This week, the offense was better with Steven Mitchell Jr. (6.7 ypp) on the field than Deontay Burnett (5.6) and there's one more surprising head-to-head. The offense actually produced a better ypp when Max Browne (5.9) was at quarterback than Sam Darnold (5.4). Last week, they were essentially the same.

More Offensive Subs

USC substituted the least it has this season on offense. That is probably partly due to how few times they had the ball offensively and the tempo the game was being played at, but there were no third-team guys getting in (something that does happen a decent amount with offensive skill players).

Other than switching Ronald Jones II in for Justin Davis and an occasional breather for the receivers, there wasn't much personnel swapping. Davis played nine more offensive snaps than Jones II (33 to 24), which is probably around the ratio the coaching staff is looking for this season. After being a significant part of the rushing attack the first two games, Aca'Cedric Ware played just two snaps against Stanford and didn't have a carry. For Dominic Davis, it was just one snap.

Out at receiver, De'Quan Hampton and Jalen Greene again proved to be the top subs on the outside while backup slot receiver Deontay Burnett played a season-low 25 snaps. In front of Burnett, Steven Mitchell Jr. matched the 33 play count he had last week.

Tight End Triangle

The tight end position is the one offensive position that continues to be a bit of an enigma.

Let's start with Daniel Imatorbhebhe.

He was given his first career start when USC started the game in a two tight end set. USC picked up a first down. USC picked up another first down. Then the Trojans picked up a yard on first down and after a false start penalty went to their more preferred three-wide sets. Imatorbhebhe played the first five plays of the game and then only played one play the rest of the game.

Taylor McNamara was in the game with Imatorbhebhe to open. He played all but one snap in the first quarter and then didn't play a single offensive snap in the second quarter. His 13 first quarter snaps proved to be more than he would see the rest of the game combined. 

Sophomore backup Tyler Petite was a bit of the opposite only playing one first quarter snap and six first half offensive snaps, which he eclipsed in both the third and fourth quarter.

Like Imatorbhebhe, USC basically abandoned two tight end sets after having success early in the game. Six of the first eight plays were two tight end sets. Only one play the rest of the game used the formation, which averaged 7.4 yards per play.

Special, Special Teams

Since we're talking about John Baxter-led positions, how about the special teams. USC was able to contain Stanford's Christian McCaffrey, but there was also this unique formation for an extra-point block:

https://twitter.com/ShotgunSpr/status/777972884857769985

The rules say you can only play with 11, but they don't say you have to.

Get in Formation

Speaking of formations, we've got the formation breakdown and how well the Trojans produced in those formations. They used more four wide receiver sets than we're used to seeing in the fourth quarter and passed for 7.1 yards per play out of it. But their more productive alignment featured the tight end split out where they passed the ball three times for 54 yards. USC's favorite set with three receivers, one tight end and one running back only passed for 4.8 yards per play, but passed for 5.3.

Of the Trojans’ 61 offensive plays, 48 were run out of the shotgun, seven used the pistol and there were six plays where USC went under center. It was most effective when under center, averaging 7.3 yards per play, but that is a small sample size skewed by a 23-yard gain on the only pass from under center.

The Trojans actually ran the ball best when they were in the shotgun, averaging 6.7 yards on 29 plays, but averaged just 4.1 ypp on pass plays out of the shotgun. With the shotgun, there were both pass and run options while they passed the ball only once each in the pistol or when under center.

  • Three receivers, one tight end, one running back: 33 plays, 168 yards (5.3 ypp)
  • Four receivers, one running back: 11 plays, 71 yards (6.5 ypp)
  • Three receivers, one tight end split out, one running back: 7 plays, 57 yards, (8.1 ypp)
  • Two receivers, two tight ends, one running back: 7 plays, 52 yards (7.4 ypp)
  • Three receivers, two running backs: 2 plays, -7 yards (-3.5 ypp)
  • Two receivers, one tight end, two backs: 1 play, 5 yards 

USC vs. Stanford Participation Chart

Off/Def SnapsSTTotal Plays
1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
1 - Darreus Rogers 12 10 18 17 57 6 63
1 - Jack Jones 0 11 11
2 - Adoree' Jackson 13 16 11 10 50 8 58
4 - Max Browne 14 10 20 7 51 51
4 - Chris Hawkins 13 16 11 9 49 49
6 - Michael Pittman 0 10 10
7 - Steven Mitchell Jr. 7 5 13 8 33 33
7 - Marvell Tell III 13 22 11 16 62 5 67
8 - Iman Marshall 13 12 11 8 44 10 54
9 - JuJu Smith-Schuster 12 7 16 15 50 6 56
10 - Jalen Greene 2 1 2 2 7 7
10 - John Houston Jr. 6 7 13 11 24
13 - De'Quan Hampton 2 5 3 10 10
14 - Sam Darnold 10 10 10
14 - Isaiah Langley 0 5 5
15 - Isaac Whitney 2 2 2
16 - Dominic Davis 1 1 1
17 - Keyshawn Young 0 2 2
18 - Quinton Powell 0 5 5
19 - Michael Hutchings 13 22 11 16 62 62
22 - Justin Davis 10 5 10 8 33 33
22 - Leon McQuay III 7 13 6 8 34 15 49
23 - Jonathan Lockett 1 2 2 5 5
25 - Ronald Jones II 3 5 8 8 24 24
26 - James Toland IV 0 0
27 - Ajene Harris 4 1 5 5 10
28 - Aca'Cedric Ware 2 2 2 4
30 - Ykili Ross 0 7 7
34 - Olajuwon Tucker 0 6 6
35 - Cameron Smith 12 20 9 16 57 5 62
36 - Chris Tilbey 0 5 5
37 - Matt Lopes 0 DNP
39 - Matt Boermeester 0 5 5
40 - Jabari Ruffin 0 16 16
42 - Uchenna Nwosu 13 22 11 16 62 9 71
44 - Malik Dorton 6 9 4 4 23 23
45 - Porter Gustin 13 22 11 16 62 5 67
46 - Wyatt Schmidt 0 2 2
47 - Reuben Peters 0 8 8
48 - Taylor McNamara 13 8 4 25 8 33
50 - Toa Lobendahn 0 DNP
51 - Damien Mama 14 10 20 17 61 18 79
56 - Jordan Austin 0 DNP
56 - Jordan Iosefa 6 7 13 11 24
60 - Viane Talamaivao 14 10 20 17 61 2 63
62 - Khaliel Rodgers 0 DNP
64 - Richie Wenzel 0 DNP
66 - Cole Smith 0 DNP
68 - Jordan Simmons 0 7 7
70 - Chuma Edoga 0 DNP
72 - Chad Wheeler 14 10 20 17 61 61
73 - Zach Banner 14 10 20 17 61 7 68
74 - Nico Falah 14 10 20 17 61 61
76 - Clayton Johnston 0 2 2
77 - Chris Brown 0 2 2
80 - Deontay Burnett 1 8 5 11 25 25
82 - Tyler Petite 1 5 10 7 23 23
88 - Daniel Imatorbhebhe 5 1 6 6
89 - Christian Rector 0 9 9
90 - Connor Murphy 0 7 7
91 - Noah Jefferson 0 DNP
92 - Jacob Daniel 0 DNP
92 - Zach Smith 0 7 7
94 - Rasheem Green 13 22 8 15 58 58
96 - Stevie Tu'ikolovatu 12 18 9 13 52 52
98 - Josh Fatu 1 10 6 15 32 32

Here's also a tally of the snap counts for all three games so far this season starting with offensive/defensive snaps followed by a chart of each players' total snaps for the season thus far:

Off/Def Snaps
Ala UtSt Stan Season
1 - Darreus Rogers 47 60 57 164
1 - Jack Jones 6 8 0 14
2 - Adoree' Jackson 54 42 50 146
4 - Max Browne 49 58 51 158
4 - Chris Hawkins 57 62 49 168
6 - Michael Pittman 1 3 0 4
7 - Steven Mitchell Jr. 31 33 33 97
7 - Marvell Tell III 55 28 62 145
8 - Iman Marshall 54 53 44 151
9 - JuJu Smith-Schuster 50 59 50 159
10 - Jalen Greene 11 18 7 36
10 - John Houston Jr. 0 0 13 13
13 - De'Quan Hampton 15 19 10 44
14 - Sam Darnold 17 23 10 50
14 - Isaiah Langley 0 3 0 3
15 - Isaac Whitney 8 2 2 12
16 - Dominic Davis 4 6 1 11
17 - Keyshawn Young 0 0 0 0
18 - Quinton Powell 6 3 0 9
19 - Michael Hutchings 57 62 62 181
22 - Justin Davis 36 42 33 111
22 - Leon McQuay III 38 45 34 117
23 - Jonathan Lockett 6 15 5 26
25 - Ronald Jones II 22 10 24 56
26 - James Toland IV 1 0 0 1
27 - Ajene Harris 7 15 5 27
28 - Aca'Cedric Ware 8 23 2 33
30 - Ykili Ross 6 3 0 9
34 - Olajuwon Tucker 6 3 0 9
35 - Cameron Smith 57 62 57 176
36 - Chris Tilbey 0 0 0 0
37 - Matt Lopes 8 37 0 45
39 - Matt Boermeester 0 0 0 0
40 - Jabari Ruffin 0 0 0 0
42 - Uchenna Nwosu 56 62 62 180
44 - Malik Dorton 22 28 23 73
45 - Porter Gustin 63 54 62 179
46 - Wyatt Schmidt 0 0 0 0
47 - Reuben Peters 0 4 0 4
48 - Taylor McNamara 47 23 25 95
50 - Toa Lobendahn 55 0 0 55
51 - Damien Mama 39 43 61 143
56 - Jordan Austin 0 11 0 11
56 - Jordan Iosefa 0 3 13 16
60 - Viane Talamaivao 55 67 61 183
62 - Khaliel Rodgers 15 0 0 15
64 - Richie Wenzel 0 2 0 2
66 - Cole Smith 0 11 0 11
68 - Jordan Simmons 11 12 0 23
70 - Chuma Edoga 30 4 0 34
72 - Chad Wheeler 36 66 61 163
73 - Zach Banner 66 70 61 197
74 - Nico Falah 11 70 61 142
76 - Clayton Johnston 0 11 0 11
77 - Chris Brown 27 38 0 65
80 - Deontay Burnett 31 28 25 84
82 - Tyler Petite 8 38 23 69
88 - Daniel Imatorbhebhe 4 31 6 41
89 - Christian Rector 0 3 0 3
90 - Connor Murphy 0 3 0 3
91 - Noah Jefferson 21 0 0 21
92 - Jacob Daniel 1 2 0 3
92 - Zach Smith 0 0 0 0
94 - Rasheem Green 44 47 58 149
96 - Stevie Tu'ikolovatu 48 37 52 137
98 - Josh Fatu 8 26 32 66

Season totals including special teams:

Total Snaps
Ala UtSt Stan Season
1 - Darreus Rogers 52 62 63 177
1 - Jack Jones 23 23 11 57
2 - Adoree' Jackson 65 49 58 172
4 - Max Browne 49 58 51 158
4 - Chris Hawkins 57 62 49 168
6 - Michael Pittman 24 18 10 52
7 - Steven Mitchell Jr. 31 33 33 97
7 - Marvell Tell III 67 29 67 163
8 - Iman Marshall 73 57 54 184
9 - JuJu Smith-Schuster 55 61 56 172
10 - Jalen Greene 11 18 7 36
10 - John Houston Jr. 14 15 24 53
13 - De'Quan Hampton 15 19 10 44
14 - Sam Darnold 17 23 10 50
14 - Isaiah Langley 0 24 5 29
15 - Isaac Whitney 8 2 2 12
16 - Dominic Davis 4 6 1 11
17 - Keyshawn Young 0 7 2 9
18 - Quinton Powell 14 16 5 35
19 - Michael Hutchings 59 62 62 183
22 - Justin Davis 38 42 33 113
22 - Leon McQuay III 66 62 49 177
23 - Jonathan Lockett 6 15 5 26
25 - Ronald Jones II 22 10 24 56
26 - James Toland IV 4 0 0 4
27 - Ajene Harris 23 17 10 50
28 - Aca'Cedric Ware 19 30 4 53
30 - Ykili Ross 14 12 7 33
34 - Olajuwon Tucker 15 5 6 26
35 - Cameron Smith 65 64 62 191
36 - Chris Tilbey 12 2 5 19
37 - Matt Lopes 8 37 0 45
39 - Matt Boermeester 5 15 5 25
40 - Jabari Ruffin 9 8 16 33
42 - Uchenna Nwosu 76 64 71 211
44 - Malik Dorton 23 28 23 74
45 - Porter Gustin 78 56 67 201
46 - Wyatt Schmidt 2 0 2 4
47 - Reuben Peters 17 15 8 40
48 - Taylor McNamara 70 33 33 136
50 - Toa Lobendahn 55 0 0 55
51 - Damien Mama 70 57 79 206
56 - Jordan Austin 0 11 0 11
56 - Jordan Iosefa 23 20 24 67
60 - Viane Talamaivao 57 75 63 195
62 - Khaliel Rodgers 15 0 0 15
64 - Richie Wenzel 0 2 0 2
66 - Cole Smith 0 11 0 11
68 - Jordan Simmons 13 22 7 42
70 - Chuma Edoga 30 4 0 34
72 - Chad Wheeler 36 66 61 163
73 - Zach Banner 76 80 68 224
74 - Nico Falah 13 78 61 152
76 - Clayton Johnston 0 11 2 13
77 - Chris Brown 29 46 2 77
80 - Deontay Burnett 32 29 25 86
82 - Tyler Petite 8 38 23 69
88 - Daniel Imatorbhebhe 10 25 6 41
89 - Christian Rector 19 7 9 35
90 - Connor Murphy 10 13 7 30
91 - Noah Jefferson 21 0 0 21
92 - Jacob Daniel 1 2 0 3
92 - Zach Smith 14 10 7 31
94 - Rasheem Green 44 47 58 149
96 - Stevie Tu'ikolovatu 48 37 52 137
98 - Josh Fatu 8 26 32 66

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