Clemson @ Boston College 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

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Clemson follows a tough ACC opener against Florida State with a trip to Beantown and a matchup against the Boston College eagles. We'll see how this squad's recruited talent compares to our Clemson Tigers.

Before we get into the analysis, I'll begin with the standard housekeeping items. The 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. As you would likely expect, Clemson's two-deep was much more highly rated than BC's across the board. CU was a good 0.70 stars per player higher than the Eagles on both offense and defense. Likely, from here out with the possible exception of South Carolina, I expect Clemson to look much better than their opponents in these categories.

Table I: Overall Recruiting

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.33 3.54 3.09 3.37
Rivals 3.33 3.54 3.00 3.36
Average 3.33 3.54 3.05 3.36
Boston College Scout 2.61 2.79 2.25 2.64
Rivals 2.63 2.92 2.44 2.72
Average 2.62 2.85 2.35 2.68

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Figure 1: Average Data

Table II: Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense Boston College 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 77 EMMETT CLEARY 6-7 313 Sr. 2 3
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 71 Dan Lembke 6-7 286 Fr. 3 2
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 76 BOBBY VARDARO 6-5 312 So. 2 3
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 58 Victor Nelson 6-7 280 Fr. 3 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 59 ANDY GALLIK 6-3 300 So. 3 3
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 69 Paul Gaughan 6-6 287 Fr. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 RG 62 IAN WHITE 6-5 303 Jr. 2 2
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 67 Seth Betancourt 6-6 304 So. 4 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 RT 73 JOHN WETZEL 6-8 302 Sr. 2 2
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 70 Aaron Kramer 6-7 292 So. 2 2
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 TE 87 C.J. PARSONS 6-6 265 So. N/A N/A
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 80 Brian Miller 6-4 232 Fr. 3 4
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 WR 83 ALEX AMIDON 5-11 186 Jr. 2 2
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 3 Harrison Jackson 6-2 190 Fr. 3 2
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 QB 11 CHASE RETTIG 6-3 213 Jr. 3 3
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 8 Josh Bordner 6-4 221 So. 2 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 RB 44 ANDRE WILLIAMS 6-0 220 Jr. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 28 Rolandan Finch 5-10 211 Jr. 3 3
25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 or 26 David Dudeck 6-0 195 Fr. 2 2
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 FB 41 Jake Sinkovec 6-4 237 Jr. 2 2
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 82 Jarrett Darmstatter 6-4 238 Jr. 3 3
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 WR 14 JOHNATHAN COLEMAN 6-4 228 Jr. 2 2
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 18 Dan Crimmins 6-5 220 Fr. 3 3
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 WR 7 SPIFFY EVANS 6-0 184 So. NA 3
10 Bobby Swigert 6-1 186 Jr. 3 3

Table III: Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense Boston College 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 45 MEHDI ABDESMAD 6-6 264 So. 3 3
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 55 Kieran Borcich 6-3 264 Fr. 3 3
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 LDT 95 DOMINIC APPIAH 6-5 291 So. 3 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 95 Dominic Appiah 6-5 291 So. 3 3
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 RDT 65 JARYD RUDOLPH 6-4 295 Jr. 2 2
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 92 Dillon Quinn 6-6 312 Sr. 3 4
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 DE 99 BRIAN MIHALIK 6-8 285 So. 3 3
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 90 Connor Wujciak 6-4 267 Fr. 3 4
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 SLB 49 STEELE DIVITTO 6-3 226 Jr. 4 3
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 33 Tim Joy 6-2 220 Fr. 2 3
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 MLB 54 NICK CLANCY 6-3 232 Sr. 2 3
MLB 12 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-3 235 So. 5 5 34 Sean Duggan 6-4 228 So. 3 3
33 Spencer Shuey 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 or 48 Nick Lifka 6-2 242 Fr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 WLB 24 KEVIN PIERRE-LOUIS 6-1 215 Jr. 3 4
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 52 Steven Daniels 6-0 225 Fr. 3 4
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 FCB 21 MANUEL ASPRILLA 5-10 167 So. 2 2
CB 21 DARIUS ROBINSON 5-10 175 Jr. 3 4 17 Bryce Jones 6-0 170 Fr. 2 2
or 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 SS 23 JIM NOEL 6-4 185 Sr. 3 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 47 Spenser Rositano 6-1 200 So. 2 2
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 FS 19 SEAN SYLVIA 6-0 204 So. 3 3
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 25 Josh Keyes 6-2 208 So. 4 2
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 or 27 Justin Simmons 6-3 175 Fr. 2 3
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 BCB 6 C.J. JONES 5-11 185 So. 3 3
or 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3 43 Ameer Richardson 5-11 181 Fr. 3 2

Table IV: Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists Boston College 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 85 NATE FREESE 6-0 185 Jr. 2 2
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 42 Alex Howell 6-5 202 Fr. 2 2
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 32 GERALD LEVANO 6-2 201 Sr. N/A N/A
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 42 Alex Howell 6-5 202 Fr. 2 2
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 85 Nate Freese 6-0 185 Jr. 2 2
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 LS 57 Sean Flaherty 6-2 223 Sr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 15 Dave Shinskie 6-4 209 Sr. 3 NA
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A H 32 Gerald Levano 6-2 201 Sr. N/A N/A
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 8 Josh Bordner 6-4 221 So. 2 3
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A PR 7 Spiffy Evans 6-0 184 So. NA 3
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 10 Bobby Swigert 6-1 186 Jr. 3 3
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 KOR 7 Spiffy Evans 6-0 184 So. NA 3
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A 29 James McCaffrey 5-10 187 So. 2 2
PR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 So. 5 5
6 DeAndre Hopkins 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 So. 5 5
& 18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3
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