2012 LSU vs. Clemson Depth Chart Analysis

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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 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. It appears as though the Clemson AD did a little copy and paste as several players listed on the two deep will not play in Atlanta. It should be no surprise that LSU did a better job pulling in star-rated talent than our Tigers. They were definitively better than Clemson in all three areas and are by far the deepest and probably most talented team we'll see all year.

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
LSU Scout 3.73 3.77 3.00 3.65
Rivals 3.88 3.65 3.13 3.68
Average 3.80 3.71 3.06 3.66

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Offensive Information

Clemson Offense LSU 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 68 JOSH DWORACZYK 6-6 301 Sr. 3 4
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 73 Chris Davenport 6-4 320 Jr. 5 5
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 70 LA’EL COLLINS 6-5 320 So. 5 5
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 55 Elliott Porter 6-4 278 So. 3 3
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 64 P.J. LONERGAN 6-4 305 Sr. 3 3
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 55 Elliott Porter 6-4 278 So. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 61 Ben Domingue 6-3 272 Jr. N/A N/A
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 RG 56 TRAI TURNER 6-2 332 Fr. 3 4
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 74 Josh Williford 6-7 324 Jr. 3 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 RT 78 VADAL ALEXANDER 6-6 315 Fr. 4 4
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 71 Jonah Austin 6-6 322 Fr. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 TE 88 CHASE CLEMENT 6-5 251 Sr. 4 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 41 Travis Dickson 6-3 230 So. 4 4
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 WR-X 86 KADRON BOONE 6-0 195 Jr. 4 4
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 82 James Wright 6-2 201 Jr. 4 4
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 81 Armand Williams 6-3 200 So. 2 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 QB 8 ZACH METTENBERGER 6-5 222 Jr. 4 4
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 17 Stephen Rivers 6-7 220 Fr. 3 3
or 25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 RB 33 JEREMY HILL 6-2 225 Fr. 4 N/A
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 11 Spencer Ware 5-11 223 Jr. 4 5
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 42 Michael Ford 5-10 215 Jr. 5 4
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 or 27 Kenny Hilliard 5-11 240 So. 4 4
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 FB 44 J.C. COPELAND 6-1 280 Jr. 3 4
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 43 Connor Neighbors 5-10 233 So. N/A N/A
WR-Z 3 ODELL BECKHAM 5-11 183 So. 4 4
10 Russell Shepard 6-1 185 Sr. 5 5
WR 80 JARVIS LANDRY 6-0 190 So. 5 5
21 Paul Turner 5-11 186 Fr. 3 3

Defensive Information

Clemson Defense LSU 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 49 BARKEVIOUS MINGO 6-5 240 Jr. 4 4
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 59 Jermauria Rasco 6-3 225 So. 5 4
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 87 Chancey Aghayere 6-4 279 Sr. 4 4
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 DT 77 JOSH DOWNS 6-1 287 Sr. 4 4
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 9 Ego Ferguson 6-3 283 So. 4 4
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 DT 18 BENNIE LOGAN 6-3 287 Jr. 3 3
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 90 Anthony Johnson 6-3 294 So. 5 5
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 DE 99 SAM MONTGOMERY 6-4 260 Jr. 4 4
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 89 Lavar Edwards 6-5 264 Sr. 3 3
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 SLB 25 KWON ALEXANDER 6-2 220 Fr. 4 4
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 or 23 LAMAR LOUIS 6-0 220 Fr. 3 3
MLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 MLB 46 KEVIN MINTER 6-2 242 Jr. 4 4
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So. 5 5 22 Ronnie Feist 6-2 225 Fr. 4 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 WLB 57 LAMIN BARROW 6-2 229 Jr. 3 3
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 45 Deion Jones 6-2 202 Fr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 35 Lorenzo Phillips 6-2 215 Fr. 4 3
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 CB 28 JALEN MILLS 6-0 185 Fr. 3 4
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 *Fr. 3 4 32 Jalen Collins 6-1 184 Fr. 3 4
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 SS 6 CRAIG LOSTON 6-2 208 Jr. 5 5
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 34 Micah Eugene 5-11 194 Fr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 12 Corey Thompson 6-2 210 Fr. 4 3
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 FS 1 ERIC REID 6-2 208 Jr. 4 4
CB 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4 26 Ronald Martin 6-1 200 So. 3 3
or 17 Bashaud Breeland 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 CB 24 THAROLD SIMON 6-3 187 Jr. 4 4
13 Dwayne Thomas 6-0 175 Fr. 4 3
19 Derrick Raymond 6-1 175 Fr. 4 4

Special Teams Information

Clemson Specialists LSU 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 30 DREW ALLEMAN 5-11 183 Sr. N/A N/A
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 30 James Hairston 6-0 200 So. 2 2
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 38 BRAD WING 6-3 184 So. 2 3
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 38 Jamie Keehn 6-4 222 Fr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 30 Drew Alleman 5-11 183 Sr. N/A N/A
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 30 James Hairston 6-0 200 So. 2 2
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 LS 50 Reid Ferguson 6-2 235 Fr. 2 2
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 53 Logan Boudreaux 5-11 215 Fr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 38 Brad Wing 6-3 184 So. 2 3
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 48 Seth Fruge 5-11 220 Jr. N/A N/A
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A PR 3 Odell Beckham 5-11 183 So. 4 4
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 KOR 42 Michael Ford 5-10 215 Jr. 5 4
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A 80 Jarvis Landry 6-0 190 So. 5 5
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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