It's the final snap counts update of the 2015 season as we wrap things up. I have some things planned for offseason coverage, breaking down the full season look at how playing time changed throughout the year, and how many snaps need to be replaced at certain positions. For now, though, let us take a look at the final game of this season, Penn State's TaxSlayer Bowl loss to Georgia.
|C||66||RS Senior||Angelo Mangiro||72||100%|
|RT||59||RS Sophomore||Andrew Nelson||72||100%|
|WR||5||RS Sophomore||DaeSean Hamilton||64||89%|
|RG||72||RS Junior||Brian Gaia||64||89%|
|TE||87||RS Senior||Kyle Carter||50||69%|
|QB||9||RS Freshman||Trace McSorley||47||65%|
|LG/RG||53||RS Junior||Derek Dowrey||40||56%|
|LG||70||RS Sophomore||Brendan Mahon||40||56%|
|WR||7||RS Junior||Geno Lewis||37||51%|
|TE||11||RS Junior||Brent Wilkerson||29||40%|
|RB||22||RS Junior||Akeel Lynch||10||14%|
|WR||3||RS Freshman||DeAndre Thompkins||9||13%|
|RB||24||RS Freshman||Nick Scott||3||4%|
Christian Hackenberg was injured early in the second quarter after scrambling from a broken pocket. He stayed in for a few plays before yielding to Trace McSorley in what ended up being Hackenberg's final game for Penn State.
The wide receiver trend continued from what we saw against Michigan State: more snaps for Geno Lewis and fewer three tight end sets. Consequently there were a limited number of snaps for Mike Gesicki, who may still have been dealing with the effects of an injury that kept him out against the Spartans. Another trend carried over from Michigan State was slightly more snaps for DeAndre Thompkins than Brandon Polk.
On the offensive line, the starters were Palmer-Mahon-Mangiro-Gaia-Nelson. Derek Dowrey rotated in for both guards at times, but for most of the second half Dowrey replaced Mahon at left guard. Wendy Laurent was notably absent on the offensive line.
|S||6||RS Junior||Malik Golden||64||100%|
|DE||90||RS Sophomore||Garrett Sickels||54||84%|
|DT||99||RS Junior||Austin Johnson||51||80%|
|DE||19||RS Freshman||Torrence Brown||14||22%|
|DE||94||RS Junior||Evan Schwan||10||16%|
|DT||41||RS Sophomore||Parker Cothren||9||14%|
|DE||52||RS Sophomore||Curtis Cothran||3||5%|
It was surprising to see a full game's worth of snaps for Brandon Bell, who seemed throughout the season to be limited in stamina. While we knew he would see an increased workload with Troy Reeder injured and unable to play, it was unprecedented to see Bell play that much. Jake Cooper played most of the snaps in place of Reeder (with Manny Bowen taking the other three), and was the linebacker who came off the field in all nickel and dime situations.
In the secondary, John Reid surpassed Trevor Williams in snaps for the first time this season, playing with Grant Haley in base defense when the game was on the line in the fourth quarter. Malik Golden was the only safety to play the entire game. Troy Apke rotated in for a couple of series and also played in dime packages. In nickel and dime scenarios, as has been the case since Jordan Lucas was lost for the season, Grant Haley played slot corner.
Bob Shoop also used tighter rotations on the defensive line, with limited usage of his backup players. The only returning starter, Garrett Sickels, led all defensive linemen in snaps. Torrence Brown saw the most snaps of the backups.