2013 Clemson @ Syracuse Depth Chart Analysis

Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

The Tigers head up to New York this weekend to play ACC newcomer Syracuse in their dome. Today we'll compare depth chart talent between the two schools.

We'll compare Clemson/'Cuse talent levels based on officially released two-deep depth charts. 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 depth chart adjustments between the release of this information and game time, 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.

The figure and first table both show an average of offensive players, defensive players, and specialist listed on the two-deep roster. The second through fourth tables show the two-deep roster used for analysis along with the recruiting ratings for each player on the roster.

Clemson again easily covers this week's opponent's talent based on the criteria listed above. Clemson is 0.71 stars per player better than Syracuse on offense, 0.92 on defense, and 0.62 on special teams per the provided two-deep charts. This correlates to an overall Clemson advantage of just over three quarters of a star per player.

Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.21 3.43 3.00 3.26
Rivals 3.21 3.61 2.90 3.32
Average 3.21 3.52 2.95 3.29
Syracuse Scout 2.50 2.48 2.33 2.46
Rivals 2.50 2.71 2.33 2.56
Average 2.50 2.60 2.33 2.51

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Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense Syracuse Offense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
LT 63 BRANDON THOMAS 6-3 315 *Gr. 4 4 LT 60 SEAN HICKEY 6-5 291 Jr. 2 2
79 Isaiah Battle 6-7 275 So. 3 3 76 Kyle Knapp 6-4 276 Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3 LG 55 ROB TRUDO 6-3 284 So. 3 2
or 67 KALON DAVIS 6-5 340 *Jr. 3 3 57 Omari Palmer 6-2 309 Fr. 2 2
C 58 RYAN NORTON 6-3 280 *So. 3 3 C 59 MACKY MacPHERSON 6-2 290 Sr. 2 2
57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 *Fr. 3 3 78 Jason Emerich 6-3 280 Fr. 3 2
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 300 *Gr. 3 3 RG 68 NICK ROBINSON 6-5 297 So. 2 2
77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 *Jr. 3 3 64 Daniel Anyaegbunam 6-3 290 Sr. N/A N/A
RT 76 SHAQ ANTHONY 6-4 280 *So. 3 3 RT 72 IVAN FOY 6-4 313 So. 3 2
or 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 315 *Jr. 2 3 67 Michael Lasker 6-4 320 So. N/A N/A
TE 81 STANTON SECKINGER 6-4 230 *So. 2 3 TE 85 BECKETT WALES 6-3 255 Sr. 2 2
40 Darrell Smith 6-1 240 *Gr. 3 2 89 Josh Parris 6-2 255 Fr. 3 3
or 86 Sam Cooper 6-6 250 *Jr. 2 2 H-BACK 1 ASHTON BROYLD 6-2 221 So. 3 3
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5 20 Brisly Estime 5-9 170 Fr. 2 3
82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2 WR 25 JEREMIAH KOBENA 6-0 182 Jr. 2 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Sr. 5 4 18 Christopher Clark 5-11 160 Sr. N/A N/A
18 Cole Stoudt 6-4 210 Jr. 3 3 QB 10 TERREL HUNT 6-3 219 So. 3 3
RB 25 RODERICK McDOWELL 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4 8 Drew Allen 6-5 226 Sr. N/A N/A
24 Zac Brooks 6-1 190 So. 4 4 RB 45 JEROME SMITH 6-0 226 Jr. 2 3
22 D.J. Howard 6-0 195 *Jr. 3 3 or 23 PRINCE-TYSON GULLEY 5-10 190 Sr. 2 2
WR 13 ADAM HUMPHRIES 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2 FB 31 CLAY CLEVELAND 6-1 230 Jr. N/A N/A
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4 34 Adonis Ameen-Moore 5-11 241 Jr. 3 3
WR 1 MARTAVIS BRYANT 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4 WR 88 JARROD WEST 6-2 203 Jr. 3 3
7 Mike Williams 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4 18 Christopher Clark 5-11 160 Sr. N/A N/A

Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense Syracuse Defense
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 Jr. 4 4 DE 94 ROBERT WELSH 6-3 256 Jr. 3 2
9 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *Jr. 3 4 13 Ron Thompson 6-4 268 Fr. 4 3
DT 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 DT 52 ERIC CRUME 6-0 305 Jr. 2 2
48 D.J. Reader 6-2 325 So. 3 3 77 Zian Jones 6-4 311 Sr. 2 3
99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 96 JAY BROMLEY 6-4 285 Sr. NA NA
or 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 290 *Jr. 4 4 97 John Raymon 6-5 323 So. N/A N/A
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 295 So. 4 4 DE 93 MICAH ROBINSON 6-4 265 Jr. 2 2
DE 3 VIC BEASLEY 6-2 235 *Jr. 3 3 91 Isaiah Johnson 6-4 270 Fr. 2 2
90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 Fr. 3 4 OLB 38 CAMERON LYNCH 5-11 230 Jr. 3 3
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 230 *Sr. 3 3 33 Marqez Hodge 5-11 208 Fr. 3 3
41 T.J. Burrell 5-11 215 *Fr. 3 3 MLB 11 MARQUIS SPRUILL 6-1 224 Sr. 2 4
MLB 42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-2 245 Jr. 5 5 5 Luke Arciniega 6-2 241 Jr. 2 3
10 Ben Boulware 5-11 230 Fr. 4 4 OLB 35 DYSHAWN DAVIS 6-2 220 Jr. 3 3
WLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 240 *Gr. 3 3 10 Josh Kirkland 6-2 204 Jr. 2 2
7 Tony Steward 6-1 230 Jr. 4 5 CB 8 KEON LYN 6-1 201 Sr. 3 2
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 185 *Jr. 4 3 21 Julian Whigham 6-1 187 So. 2 3
26 Garry Peters 6-0 185 *Jr. 3 4 SS 3 DURELL ESKRIDGE 6-3 207 So. 2 3
S 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-0 200 So. 4 4 6 Ritchy Desir 5-11 187 Jr. 2 3
12 Korrin Wiggins 5-11 190 Fr. 3 3 FS 28 JEREMI WILKES 5-9 179 Sr. 2 3
S 27 ROBERT SMITH 5-11 210 Jr. 3 3 18 Darius Kelly 5-10 190 Jr. 3 2
30 Taylor Watson 5-10 210 *Jr. N/A N/A or 2 Wayne Morgan 5-10 197 So. 3 3
or 20 Jayron Kearse 6-4 205 Fr. 4 4 CB 9 Ri’SHARD ANDERSON 6-0 190 Sr. 2 3
CB 8 DARIUS ROBINSON 5-10 175 Sr. 3 4 or 4 BRANDON REDDISH 5-11 186 Jr. 3 3
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 185 *Jr. 3 3

Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists Syracuse Specialists
Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals Pos. # Player Hgt Wgt Cl. Scout Rivals
PK 39 CHANDLER CATANZARO 6-3 200 *Gr. N/A N/A PK 12 RYAN NORTON 5-11 179 So. 2 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 P 92 RILEY DIXON 6-5 205 So. N/A N/A
P 92 BRADLEY PINION 6-6 230 So. 3 3 46 Jonathan Fisher 6-1 209 Jr. 2 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 KO 12 Ryan Norton 5-11 179 So. 2 2
KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 LS 47 Sam Rodgers 6-2 234 Jr. 2 2
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 69 Keith Mitsuuchi 5-10 221 So. N/A N/A
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 17 Charley Loeb 6-4 220 Sr. 2 2
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A 92 Riley Dixon 6-5 205 So. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A PR 6 Ritchy Desir 5-11 187 Jr. 2 3
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 18 Darius Kelly 5-10 190 Jr. 3 2
H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 27 George Morris 6-0 203 Fr. 3 3
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 29 Devante McFarlane 6-0 201 Fr. 3 3
PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
KOR 5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
& 25 Roderick McDowell 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4
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