2012 Clemson vs. WVU Orange Bowl Depth Chart Analysis

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 04: Geno Smith #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers looks to pass against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 4, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

A couple months ago Clemson played in the Orange Bowl against West Virginia. We did not take the time to evaluate how this squad’s recruited talent compared to our Clemson Tigers at game time and have been requested to supply this info. 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) within the "2012 Orange Bowl Guide" that was placed on the site back in January. 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 game time so, 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. A player whose Scout/Rivals data was not available but was signed was 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.

We all know what happened in the game, so I won't rant and rave again here but do encourage you to share your thoughts.

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.

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Team

Recruiting Service

Offense

Defense

Specialists

Clemson

Scout

3.44

3.26

3.22

Rivals

3.56

3.30

3.00

Average

3.50

3.28

3.11

West Virginia

Scout

2.82

2.79

3.33

Rivals

3.00

2.87

3.17

Average

2.91

2.83

3.25

Clemson Offense
West Virginia Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 79 PHILLIP PRICE 6-5 315 *Sr. N/A N/A
LT 64 DON BARCLAY 6-4 305 *Sr. 3 3

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

79 Nick Kindler 6-6 292 *So. 2 3
LG 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 300 *So. 4 4
LG 57 JEFF BRAUN 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3

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

65 Chad Snodgrass 6-4 295 *Sr. 3 3
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Jr. 4 4
C 74 JOE MADSEN 6-4 300 *Jr. 3 2

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

57 Jeff Braun 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3
RG 74 ANTOINE McCLAIN 6-6 335 Sr. 4 4
RG 67 QUINTON SPAIN 6-5 348 *Fr. 4 4

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

55 Tyler Rader 6-3 296 *Sr. N/A N/A
RT 72 LANDON WALKER 6-6 305 *Gr. 4 4
RT 62 CURTIS FEIGT 6-6 314 *So. 2 2

70 Gifford Timothy 6-6 315 *Fr. 2 3

76 Pat Eger 6-6 296 *So. 2 3
TE 83 DWAYNE ALLEN 6-4 255 *Jr. 4 4
WR-X 3 STEDMAN BAILEY 5-10 190 *So. 3 4

80 Brandon Ford 6-4 235 *Jr. 3 4

80 Ryan Nehlen 6-2 204 *Jr. N/A N/A

86 Sam Cooper 6-4 240 *Fr. 2 2
IWR-H 1 TAVON AUSTIN 5-9 173 Jr. 5 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-1 200 So. 4 4

85 Willie Milhouse 6-1 202 *Sr. N/A N/A

1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 205 Fr. 4 4
QB 12 GENO SMITH 6-3 214 Jr. 4 4
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *So. 5 4

14 Paul Millard 6-1 218 Fr. 2 3

8 Cole Stoudt 6-4 200 Fr. 3 3
RB-A 29 DUSTIN GARRISON 5-8 175 Fr. 2 2
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 190 *Jr. 4 4

13 Andrew Buie 5-9 184 Fr. 3 4

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

9 Vernard Roberts 5-9 182 Fr. 3 3

25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 190 *So. 3 4
RB-B 20 SHAWNE ALSTON 5-11 221 Jr. 3 3
FB 30 CHAD DIEHL 6-2 260 *Sr. 2 3

32 Ryan Clarke 6-0 232 *Jr. 2 2
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 200 *Jr. 3 3

38 Matt Lindamood 6-0 236 *Jr. N/A N/A

19 Charone Peake 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4

41 Ricky Kovatch 6-1 234 Sr. N/A N/A

26 Marquan Jones 5-10 195 Sr. 3 4
IWR-Y 89 TYLER URBAN 6-5 251 Sr. 2 3
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5

4 Devon Brown 5-9 185 *Sr. 2 2

16 Adam Humphries 6-0 190 Fr. 3 2
WR-Z 81 J.D. WOODS 6-0 195 *Jr. 2 2










5 Ivan McCartney 6-3 176 So. 4 4
Clemson Defense
West Virginia 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
DE 98 WILL CLARKE 6-6 260 *So. 2 2

90 Kourtnei Brown 6-6 255 *Gr. 4 4

11 Bruce Irvin 6-3 236 Sr. 5 4
NG 98 BRANDON THOMPSON 6-2 310 Sr. 4 4

92 Trevor Demko 6-6 251 *Fr. 3 3

43 Tyler Shatley 6-3 295 *So. 3 3
NT 99 JORGE WRIGHT 6-2 281 *Jr. 2 2
DT 94 RENNIE MOORE 6-3 265 *Sr. 3 3

94 Josh Taylor 6-1 285 *Jr. N/A N/A

99 DeShawn Williams 6-1 290 Fr. 3 3

93 Kyle Rose 6-4 248 Fr. 3 3
BE 40 ANDRE BRANCH 6-5 260 *Sr. 2 2
DT 97 JULIAN MILLER 6-4 259 *Sr. 3 3

93 Corey Crawford 6-5 280 Fr. 4 4

91 J.B. Lageman 6-3 270 *Jr. 2 N/A
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 220 *So. 3 3

90 Shaq Rowell 6-3 301 Jr. 3 3

41 Daniel Andrews 5-11 205 Sr. 2 2
SLB 47 DOUG RIGG 6-1 228 So. 3 3
MLB 42 CORICO HAWKINS 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3

53 Tyler Anderson 6-2 238 *So. N/A N/A

12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 Fr. 5 5
MLB 33 JARED BARBER 6-0 225 Fr. 3 3

33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 250 *So. 3 3

56 Jewone Snow 6-3 236 *Fr. 2 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 220 *Jr. 3 4
WLB 52 NAJEE GOODE 6-1 239 *Sr. N/A N/A

8 Justin Parker 6-1 225 So. 3 4

43 Casey Vance 5-9 222 *Sr. N/A N/A
CB 15 COTY SENSABAUGH 6-0 185 *Gr. 2 2

17 Josh Francis 6-1 214 Jr. 3 3

21 Darius Robinson 5-11 170 So. 3 4
LCB 8 KEITH TANDY 5-10 200 *Sr. 3 3
SS 29 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Jr. 4 3

34 Ishmael Banks 6-0 185 *Fr. 2 3

5 Jonathan Meeks 6-1 210 Jr. 4 4

18 Brantwon Bowser 5-11 185 *Sr. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-1 210 J*Gr. 3 3
SS 28 TERENCE GARVIN 6-3 216 Jr. 2 3

32 Carlton Lewis 6-2 205 *Jr. 3 3

37 Wes Tonkery 6-1 201 *Fr. 3 2
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 185 *Fr. 4 3
FS 24 EAIN SMITH 5-11 198 *Sr. 3 3

14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 175 So. 3 3

26 Travis Bell 6-2 202 So. 3 3










46 Matt Moro 6-1 195 Jr. N/A N/A









BS 25 DARWIN COOK 5-11 201 *So. 3 2










36 Shaq Petteway 6-0 200 Fr. 3 3









RCB 23 BRODRICK JENKINS 5-10 184 *So. 3 3










6 Pat Miller 5-10 185 Jr. 3 3










22 Avery Williams 5-11 176 Fr. 2 3

Clemson Specialists
West Virginia Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-2 200 *So. N/A N/A
PK 40 TYLER BITANCURT 6-1 198 *Jr. 2 2

13 Spencer Benton 6-2 195 *Jr. 2 2

44 Corey Smith 5-11 214 *Jr. N/A N/A
P 96 DAWSON ZIMMERMAN 6-2 205 Sr. 3 2
P 44 COREY SMITH 5-11 214 *Jr. N/A N/A

13 Spencer Benton 6-2 195 *Jr. 2 2

48 Michael Molinari 6-2 190 *Fr. N/A N/A
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-2 195 *Jr. 2 2
KO 44 Corey Smith 5-11 214 *Jr. N/A N/A

39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 200 *So. N/A N/A
LS 87 Cody Nutter 6-3 241 *Sr. N/A N/A
LS (PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. N/A N/A

27 Trent Lusk 5-9 194 *Jr. N/A N/A

52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. N/A N/A
H 48 Michael Molinari 6-2 190 *Fr. N/A N/A
LS (P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Fr. N/A N/A
PR 1 Tavon Austin 5-9 173 Jr. 5 4

75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 195 *Fr. N/A N/A

23 Brodrick Jenkins 5-10 184 *So. 3 3
H 96 Dawson Zimmerman 6-2 205 *Sr. 3 2
KOR 1 Tavon Austin 5-9 173 Jr. 5 4
PR 6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-1 200 So. 4 4

3 Stedman Bailey 5-10 190 *So. 3 4

2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5

4 Devon Brown 5-9 185 *Sr. 2 2
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 200 Fr. 5 5









18 Jaron Brown 5-10 190 *Jr. 3 3








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