Virginia Tech @ Clemson 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

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We continue assessing our opponents' talent level via two-deep assessment using Rivals/Scout ratings as assessment tool.depth charts for both teams were attained 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 be a little out of place but in an effort to maintain consistency, I'll use both teams' depth charts as presented on the official 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 roster. Overall and in each category, Clemson rates higher than VPI on a stars per player basis. Again, Clemson enters the game with higher recruited talent ratings then their opponent.

Table I Overall Recruiting Numbers

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.33 3.50 3.00 3.34
Rivals 3.33 3.58 2.82 3.34
Average 3.33 3.54 2.91 3.34
Virginia Tech Scout 2.95 2.95 2.88 2.94
Rivals 3.24 3.30 3.13 3.24
Average 3.10 3.13 3.00 3.09

And the Chart:

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Figure 1: Recruiting Stars Comparison

Table II: Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense Virginia Tech Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 305 *Jr. 4 4 LT 54 NICK BECTON 6-6 317 *Sr. 3 3
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 69 Mark Shuman 6-7 307 *So. 3 4
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 76 DAVID WANG 6-2 288 *Jr. 3 3
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 or 64 MATT ARKEMA 6-3 287 *So. 3 3
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 67 MICHAEL VIA 6-7 304 *Sr. 3 3
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 64 Matt Arkema 6-3 287 *So. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 RG 55 BRENT BENEDICT 6-5 304 *So. N/A N/A
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 67 Michael Via 6-7 304 *Sr. 3 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 RT 71 VINSTON PAINTER 6-6 309 *Sr. 4 4
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 63 Laurence Gibson 6-6 303 *So. 4 4
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 TE 88 RYAN MALLECK 6-4 244 So. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 9 Randall Dunn 6-2 240 *Sr. 2 3
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 SE 7 MARCUS DAVIS 6-4 232 *Sr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 83 Corey Fuller 6-2 196 *Sr. 2 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 QB 3 LOGAN THOMAS 6-6 260 *Jr. 5 4
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 6 Mark Leal 6-1 213 *So. 3 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 TB 4 J.C. COLEMAN 5-8 192 Fr. 3 4
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 20 Michael Holmes 6-0 208 *Fr. 3 3
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 or 22 Tony Gregory 6-0 185 *Jr. 2 3
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 FB 45 JOEY PHILLIPS 5-11 234 *Sr. N/A N/A
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 25 Martin Scales 5-11 222 *Sr. N/A N/A
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 FLK 11 DYRELL ROBERTS 6-2 195 *Sr. 2 4
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 80 Demitri Knowles 6-1 177 *Fr. 3 3
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 or 19 Kevin Asante 5-11 181 *Fr. 2 2

Table III: Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense Virginia Tech Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 97 MALLICIAH GOODMAN 6-4 270 Sr. 4 4 DE 42 J.R. COLLINS 6-2 261 *Jr. 3 3
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 96 Corey Marshall 6-1 267 So. 4 4
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 DT 98 DERRICK HOPKINS 6-0 306 Jr. 3 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 97 Kris Harley 6-1 282 *Fr. 4 4
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 DT 92 LUTHER MADDY 6-1 288 So. 2 2
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 or 56 ANTOINE HOPKINS 6-1 313 *Sr. 3 3
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 DE 99 JAMES GAYLE 6-4 269 *Jr. 2 3
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 66 Tyrel Wilson 6-1 228 *Jr. 2 4
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 OLB 37 RONNY VANDYKE 6-3 215 *Fr. 3 4
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 43 Jeron Gouveia-Winslow 6-2 210 *Sr. N/A N/A
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 LB 58 JACK TYLER 6-1 236 *Jr. N/A N/A
MLB 12 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-3 235 So. 5 5 36 Chase Williams 6-2 235 *So. 3 3
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 LB 51 BRUCE TAYLOR 6-2 244 *Sr. 3 4
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 24 Tariq Edwards 6-2 237 *Jr. 3 3
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 CB 17 KYLE FULLER 6-0 193 Jr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 30 Donaldven Manning 5-9 155 Fr. 3 4
CB 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4 ROV 34 KYSHOEN JARRETT 5-11 195 So. 4 4
21 Darius Robinson 5-10 175 Jr. 3 4 2 Michael Cole 6-1 199 *Fr. 3 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 FS 8 DETRICK BONNER 6-0 198 *So. 3 3
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 26 Desmond Frye 6-2 182 Fr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 CB 1 ANTONE EXUM 6-1 224 *Jr. 3 3
or 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 31 Donovan Riley 5-11 200 Fr. 2 3
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3
or 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3

Table IV: Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists Virginia Tech Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A PK 89 CODY JOURNELL 6-0 195 *Jr. 3 2
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 21 Brooks Abbott 6-2 182 Fr. N/A N/A
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 27 A.J. HUGHES 6-1 190 Fr. N/A N/A
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 85 Hunter Windmuller 6-3 170 Fr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 21 Brooks Abbott 6-2 182 Fr. N/A N/A
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 38 Michael Branthover 5-9 184 So. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 LS 65 Joe St. Germain 6-0 212 *So. N/A N/A
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 59 Eddie D’Antuono 6-6 256 Fr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 12 Trey Gresh 6-1 212 *So. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 6 Mark Leal 6-1 213 *So. 3 3
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A PR 20 Michael Holmes 6-0 208 *Fr. 3 3
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 & 34 Kyshoen Jarrett 5-11 195 So. 4 4
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 80 Demitri Knowles 6-1 177 *Fr. 3 3
PR 16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 & 4 J.C. Coleman 5-8 192 Fr. 3 4
2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 11 Dyrell Roberts 6-2 195 *Sr. 2 4
KOR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 & 19 Kevin Asante 5-11 181 *Fr. 2 2
18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3
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