2011 Clemson vs. North Carolina Depth Chart Comparison

Clemson hosts UNC in Death Valley Saturday.   We'll see how this squad's recruited talent compares to our Clemson Tigers. Before we get into the analysis, I'll point out that I have taken the depth charts for both teams DIRECTLY from the Clemson website (www.clemsontigers.com).  A pdf version of this can be found here.  I will go ahead and tell you that because of injuries and Monday depth chart adjustments, some items here may end up a little out of place come gametime.  I won't try to interpret or guess.  In an effort to maintain consistency, I'll use both teams' depth charts as presented on the official Clemson Athletics website.

We should not have to tell you this, but some folks debate what to take from these articles. We expect you, the reader, to form an opinion of your own. Often we will give you our take on things, but you should independently form your own thoughts based on information out there.  This article shows recruiting data for the depth chart roster as referenced above.  It does not weigh experience nor does it evaluate coaching, preparation, etc... We think this is an interesting and valuable tool that is useful in overall program evaluation because there is a link between these star ratings and other metrics in both college football and the NFL.

Keep in mind as you look through this data that only players who were officially signed were given a "Star Rating".  Players who were not signed could not be quantitatively assessed a recruiting rating.  Such players get a "NA" rating and were not included in the averaged data.  Again, all data was attained from www.Scout.com and www.Rivals.com.  Players whose Scout/Rivals data was not available but were signed were assigned a "NR".  We picked carefully through the data and believe all is correct.  However, if we've overlooked an item we apologize in advance and ask that you point it out so that we can make the correction in our database.

Figure 1 and Table I both show an average of offensive players, defensive players, and specialist listed on the two-deep roster.   Tables II through IV show the two-deep roster used for analysis along with the recruiting ratings for each player on the depth chart.

You'll notice that Clemson again holds a superior average star rating over its opponent in all three categories.  The Tigers are about a ¼ star better than UNC on offense, less than 1/10th of a star better on defense, and nearly 0.70 stars better on special teams.  When all the stars are tallied, Clemson is a calculated 0.23 stars per player better than our Tarheel foes.

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.46 3.29 3.71 3.42
Rivals 3.62 3.33 3.29 3.46
Average 3.54 3.31 3.50 3.44
North Carolina Scout 3.25 3.27 2.67 3.19
Rivals 3.33 3.18 3.00 3.23
Average 3.29 3.23 2.83 3.21

 

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Clemson Offense
North Carolina Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 79 PHILLIP PRICE 6-5 315 *Sr. NA NA
LT 68 JAMES HURST 6-7 310 So. 5 4

63 Brandon Thomas 6-3 300 *So. 4 4

69 Nick Appel 6-6 305 Fr. 2 3
LG 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 310 *Gr. 4 4
LG 64 JONATHAN COOPER 6-3 305 Jr. 3 3

73 David Smith 6-5 310 *Gr. 3 3

63 Peyton Jenest 6-5 300 Jr. N/A N/A
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Jr. 4 4
C 65 CAM HOLLAND 6-2 320 Sr. 2 3

62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3
or 60 RUSSELL BODINE 6-4 305 Fr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-6 335 Sr. 4 4
RG 76 TRAVIS BOND 6-7 345 Jr. 3 3

62 Mason Cloy 6-3 310 *Gr. 3 3

78 Landon Turner 6-4 335 Fr. 4 4
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 305 *Gr. 4 4
or 62 David Collins 6-8 325 So. 3 3

70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 315 *Fr. 2 3
RT 73 BRENNAN WILLIAMS 6-7 315 Jr. 4 4
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *Jr. 4 4

71 Carl Gaskins 6-5 315 Sr. 2 2

80 Brandon Ford 6-4 235 *Jr. 3 4
TE 89 NELSON HURST 6-3 260 Jr. N/A N/A

86 Sam Cooper 6-4 240 *Fr. 2 2

33 Christian Wilson 6-3 250 Sr. 4 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 200 So. 4 4

85 Eric Ebron 6-4 230 Fr. 3 3

1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 205 Fr. 4 4
WR 83 DWIGHT JONES 6-4 225 Sr. 4 5
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *So. 5 4

5 T.J. Thorpe 6-0 190 Fr. 3 4

8 Cole Stoudt 6-4 200 Fr. 3 3

81 Reggie Wilkins 5-10 175 Fr. 3 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 190 *Jr. 4 4
QB 2 BRYN RENNER 6-3 215 So. 4 4

22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *Fr. 3 3

14 Braden Hanson 6-6 215 Jr. 3 3

5 Mike Bellamy 5-10 175 Fr. 4 5

12 Marquise Williams 6-2 220 Fr. 4 4

25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 190 *So. 3 4
TB 26 GIOVANI BERNARD 5-10 205 Fr. 4 4
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 260 *Sr. 2 3

32 Ryan Houston 6-2 245 Sr. 4 3
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 200 *Jr. 3 3

15 A.J. Blue 6-2 230 So. 2 2

19 Charone Peake 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4
FB 38 CURTIS BYRD 6-1 255 Sr. N/A N/A

26 Marquan Jones 5-10 195 Sr. 3 4
WR 88 ERIK HIGHSMITH 6-3 190 Jr. 2 2
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5

87 Jheranie Boyd 6-2 190 Jr. 4 4

13 Adam Humphries 6-0 190 Fr. 3 2

6 Sean Tapley 6-1 185 Fr. 3 3

 

 

Clemson Defense North Carolina Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 97 MALLICIAH GOODMAN 6-4 280 Jr. 4 4 LDE 90 QUINTON COPLES 6-6 290 Sr. 4 4
90 Kourtnei Brown 6-6 255 *Gr. 4 4 93 Tim Jackson 6-5 265 So. 3 3
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Sr. 4 4 LDT 92 SYLVESTER WILLIAMS 6-3 315 Jr. 4 3
43 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 *So. 3 3 97 Shawn Underwood 6-1 300 Fr. 3 3
DT 94 RENNIE MOORE 6-3 265 *Sr. 3 3 or 96 Ethan Farmer 6-3 280 Fr. 3 3
99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 290 Fr. 3 3 RDT 91 TYDREKE POWELL 6-3 305 Sr. 4 4
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Sr. 2 2 78 Jordan Nix 6-3 295 Sr. N/A N/A
93 Corey Crawford 6-5 280 Fr. 4 4 RDE 95 KAREEM MARTIN 6-6 260 So. 4 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 220 *So. 3 3 98 Donte Paige-Moss 6-4 260 Jr. 5 5
41 Daniel Andrews 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2 SLB 41 EBELE OKAKPU 6-2 225 Sr. 4 3
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3 or 23 DARIUS LIPFORD 6-3 230 So. 3 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 Fr. 5 5 MLB 48 KEVIN REDDICK 6-3 240 Jr. 4 3
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *So. 3 3 49 Fabby Desir 6-0 225 Jr. N/A N/A
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *Jr. 3 4 WLB 47 ZACH BROWN 6-2 230 Sr. 4 4
7 Tony Steward 6-1 245 Fr. 4 5 9 Travis Hughes 6-2 225 Fr. 4 4
CB 15 COTY SENSABAUGH 6-0 185 *Gr. 2 2 LCB 12 CHARLES BROWN 5-10 205 Sr. 2 2
17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 185 *Fr. 4 3 13 Todd Harrelson 6-2 195 Jr. 3 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Jr. 4 4 SS 28 JONATHAN SMITH 6-2 210 Sr. 2 3
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 Fr. 3 3 or 1 GENE ROBINSON 5-11 190 Jr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-1 210 J*Gr. 3 3 29 Brian Gupton 6-3 200 Sr. 2 3
32 Carlton Lewis 6-2 205 *Jr. 3 3 FS 25 MATT MERLETTI 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2
CB 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Jr. 4 3 10 Tre Boston 6-1 190 So. 3 3
21 Darius Robinson 5-11 170 So. 3 4 RCB 4 JABARI PRICE 6-0 190 So. 3 3
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 175 So. 3 3 7 Tim Scott 5-11 180 Fr. 3 3

 

 

Clemson Specialists North Carolina Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 200 *So. NA NA PK 14 THOMAS MOORE 5-10 190 Fr. N/A N/A
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Sr. 3 2 11 Casey Barth 5-11 185 Sr. N/A N/A
KO 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 P 37 THOMAS HIBBARD 5-10 185 Fr. N/A N/A
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 200 *So. NA NA 30 C.J. Feagles 6-0 210 So. 2 2
LS (PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA KO 19 Trase Jones 6-0 195 Sr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA 14 Thomas Moore 5-10 190 Fr. N/A N/A
LS (P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. NA NA LS 61 Mark House 6-1 205 Sr. N/A N/A
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. NA NA H 19 Trase Jones 6-0 195 Sr. N/A N/A
H 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2 PR 12 Charles Brown 5-10 205 Sr. 2 2
PR 6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 So. 4 4 13 Todd Harrelson 6-2 195 Jr. 3 3
2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 5 T.J. Thorpe 6-0 190 Fr. 3 4
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5 KOR 5 T.J. Thorpe 6-0 190 Fr. 3 4
18 Jaron Brown 5-10 190 *Jr. 3 3 6 Sean Tapley 6-1 185 Fr. 3 3
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