Maryland @ Clemson 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

Rob Carr

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 there as well. 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. Maryland trails Clemson by just under a third of a star on average against Clemson's offensive average. Defensively, Clemson was the decisive winner, 0.86 stars per player ahead of Maryland. The Special Teams comparison was dominated by Maryland, though you will notice that Clemson has three kickers with 2-3 star ratings included in these averages while none of Maryland's are included. Many great kickers were either not rated or walked on, so I am not so sure how important this one is (though for the record Maryland rolls there). Overall, Clemson holds a 0.44 star per player advantage over the Terps strictly looking at the "experts" ratings of players.

Table I Overall Recruiting Numbers

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.36 3.50 3.00 3.35
Rivals 3.36 3.58 2.82 3.35
Average 3.36 3.54 2.91 3.35
Maryland Scout 3.14 2.52 3.33 2.87
Rivals 3.00 2.84 3.17 2.94
Average 3.07 2.68 3.25 2.91

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Figure 1: Recruiting Stars Comparison

And...all the individual player data:

Table II: Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense Maryland 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 OT 77 MIKE MADARAS 6-5 290 Fr. 3 3
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 55 Ryan Doyle 6-4 295 Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 OG 68 JOSH CARY 6-5 300 Jr. N/A N/A
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 or 63 BENNETT FULPER 6-5 295 Sr. 2 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 50 EVAN MULROONEY 6-5 285 Fr. 3 2
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 65 Sal Conaboy 6-4 285 So. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 OG 70 De’ONTE ARNETT 6-4 290 Jr. 4 4
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 66 Andrew Zeller 6-6 295 Fr. 3 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 OT 75 JUSTIN GILBERT 6-6 300 Sr. 2 2
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 74 Nick Klemm 6-5 300 Jr. 2 2
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 TE 89 MATT FURSTENBURG 6-4 245 Sr. 4 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 34 Devonte Campbell 6-2 255 Sr. 3 4
88 Eric MacLain 6-4 260 *Fr. 4 4 WR 12 KEVIN DORSEY 6-2 210 Sr. 4 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 10 Tyrek Cheeseboro 6-0 190 Fr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 QB 31 SHAWN PETTY 6-2 228 Fr. 2 2
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 87 Brian McMahon 6-4 210 Fr. N/A N/A
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 TB 4 WES BROWN 6-1 210 Fr. 4 4
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 45 Brandon Ross 5-10 205 Fr. 3 2
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 44 Justus Pickett 5-10 185 So. 3 3
or 25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 or 5 Albert Reid 5-10 200 Fr. 4 3
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 FB 49 TYLER CIERSKI 6-0 255 So. 3 3
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 39 Jeff Hernandez 5-10 235 Sr. N/A N/A
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 WR 1 STEFON DIGGS 6-0 185 Fr. 5 5
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 8 Levern Jacobs 6-0 180 Fr. 3 3
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 WR 3 NIGEL KING 6-3 210 Fr. 3 3
85 James Bowman 6-0 190 Jr. N/A N/A

Table III: Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense Maryland 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 72 JOE VELLANO 6-2 285 Sr. 2 3
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 95 Justin Anderson 6-5 280 Jr. 3 3
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 or 99 Quinton Jefferson 6-4 260 Fr. 3 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 NT 97 DARIUS KILGO 6-3 300 So. 3 3
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 56 Isaiah Ross 6-2 270 Jr. 2 3
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 DE 96 A.J. FRANCIS 6-5 305 Sr. 2 3
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 91 Keith Bowers 6-1 260 So. 3 3
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 OLB 6 KENNETH TATE 6-4 220 Sr. 4 4
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 37 Avery Thompson 6-2 205 Fr. 2 2
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 ILB 47 COLE FARRAND 6-3 245 So. 2 2
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 58 Bradley Johnson 6-1 230 Jr. 2 3
MLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 ILB 53 L.A. GOREE 6-2 235 So. 3 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So. 5 5 35 Alex Twine 6-0 225 So. 2 2
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 OLB 52 DARIN DRAKEFORD 6-0 235 Sr. 3 3
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 41 Marcus Whitfield 6-3 245 Jr. 2 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 CB 14 JEREMIAH JOHNSON 6-0 185 So. 2 3
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 17 Isaac Goins 6-0 185 Jr. 2 2
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 *Fr. 3 4 S 48 ERIC FRANKLIN 6-2 215 Sr. 2 2
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 or 40 MATT ROBINSON 6-3 225 So. 2 3
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 21 Sean Davis 6-1 185 Fr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 S 20 ANTHONY NIXON 6-1 200 Fr. 3 3
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 19 A.J. Hendy 6-1 205 So. 3 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 CB 25 DEXTER McDOUGLE 5-11 190 Jr. 3 3
or 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4 23 Makinton Dorleant 5-11 180 Fr. 3 3
or 27 Alvin Hill 5-11 190 Fr. 2 3

Table IV: Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists Maryland 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 12 BRENDAN MAGISTRO 5-10 180 Fr. N/A N/A
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 15 Brad Craddock 6-1 180 Fr. N/A N/A
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 18 NATHAN RENFRO 6-1 205 Fr. 2 2
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 15 Brad Craddock 6-1 180 Fr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 15 Brad Craddock 6-1 180 Fr. N/A N/A
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 LS 59 Greg Parcher 6-4 185 Jr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 59 Christian Carpenter 6-0 205 Fr. N/A N/A
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A H 18 Nathan Renfro 6-1 205 Fr. 2 2
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 29 Michael Tart 6-3 185 So. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A PR 1 Stefon Diggs 6-0 185 Fr. 5 5
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 25 Dexter McDougle 5-11 190 Jr. 3 3
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 KOR 1 Stefon Diggs 6-0 185 Fr. 5 5
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A 45 Brandon Ross 5-10 205 Fr. 3 2
PR 16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2
2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
KOR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3
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