2013 Clemson @ Virginia Depth Chart Analysis

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Clemson caps its two game road trip on Saturday as the Tigers head up to the Commonwealth for a game against the white meat. Below we'll examine how the two teams match up based on their depth charts and what the "experts" thought about their players coming out of prep school.

We'll compare these two teams' 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.

As bad as Virginia looks on the football field, this week's data really surprised me. Virginia appears to have a good bit more talent (again, based on the criteria outlined above) than most of our ACC foes. Clemson holds a modest --compared to other ACC schools not named Florida State--lead over UVa on offense and defense (0.20 and 0.30 stars per player, respectively). The specialists category (which saw no UVa kicker ranked, thus virtually included only skills players) boosted the Virginia rankings a bit and the Wahoos ended up only 0.15 stars per rated player behind Clemson. I'll let you look at the data and form your own opinions--though you potions of this data clearly indicates that Virginia (as most perceived) is bringing in talent despite their on-field results.

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Team Recruiting Service Offense Defense Specialists Overall Average
Clemson Scout 3.20 3.29 3.25 3.25
Rivals 3.20 3.50 3.00 3.28
Average 3.20 3.40 3.13 3.26
Virginia Scout 2.93 3.12 3.43 3.07
Rivals 3.07 3.08 3.71 3.15
Average 3.00 3.10 3.57 3.11

Offense

Clemson Offense Virginia 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 78 MORGAN MOSES 6-6 325 Sr. 4 4
79 Isaiah Battle 6-7 275 So. 3 3 76 Michael Mooney 6-6 285 Fr. 3 3
LG 67 KALON DAVIS 6-5 340 *Jr. 3 3 LG 74 CONNER DAVIS 6-5 300 Jr. 3 3
68 David Beasley 6-4 320 *Jr. 3 3 61 Cody Wallace 6-4 295 Jr. 2 2
C 58 RYAN NORTON 6-3 280 *So. 3 3 C 70 LUKE BOWANKO 6-6 300 Sr. 2 3
57 Jay Guillermo 6-3 315 *Fr. 3 3 67 Jackson Matteo 6-5 290 Fr. N/A N/A
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 300 *Gr. 3 3 65 Ross Burbank 6-4 290 So. 3 3
77 Reid Webster 6-3 300 *Jr. 3 3 RG 77 JAY WHITMIRE 6-6 300 So. 3 3
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 315 *Jr. 2 3 68 Eric Tetlow 6-6 300 Fr. 2 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 280 *So. 3 3 RT 72 ERIC SMITH 6-5 295 Fr. 3 2
TE 81 STANTON SECKINGER 6-4 230 *So. 2 3 75 Sadiq Olanrewaju 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3
86 Sam Cooper 6-6 250 *Jr. 2 2 TE 83 JAKE McGEE 6-6 250 Jr. 2 2
or 40 Darrell Smith 6-1 240 *Gr. 3 2 or 49 ZACHARY SWANSON 6-6 255 Jr. 3 3
or 16 Jordan Leggett 6-5 240 Fr. 3 3 89 Rob Burns 6-7 250 So. 3 3
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5 WR 85 KEEON JOHNSON 6-3 200 Fr. 3 3
82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2 84 Canaan Severin 6-2 225 So. 3 4
87 Matt Porter 5-11 200 *Jr. N.A N/A 80 Adrian Gamble 6-1 180 So. 3 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Sr. 5 4 QB 5 DAVID WATFORD 6-2 200 So. 3 3
18 Cole Stoudt 6-4 210 Jr. 3 3 11 Greyson Lambert 6-5 220 Fr. 4 3
RB 25 RODERICK McDOWELL 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4 15 Matt Johns 6-5 205 Fr. 3 3
24 Zac Brooks 6-1 190 So. 4 4 TB 25 KEVIN PARKS 5-8 205 Jr. 3 3
22 D.J. Howard 6-0 195 *Jr. 3 3 23 Khalek Shepherd 5-8 185 Jr. 3 3
WR 13 ADAM HUMPHRIES 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2 or 4 Taquan Mizzell 5-10 185 Fr. 4 5
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4 22 Daniel Hamm 5-10 190 Fr. N/A N/A
WR 1 MARTAVIS BRYANT 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4 FB 3 BILLY SKROBACZ 5-9 220 Sr. N/A N/A
7 Mike Williams 6-3 205 Fr. 4 4 41 Connor Wingo-Reeves 6-3 220 Fr. 3 2
WR 6 DARIUS JENNINGS 5-11 175 Jr. 4 4
2 Dominique Terrell 5-11 170 Jr. 4 4
17 Miles Gooch 6-3 220 Jr. 2 3
WR 20 TIM SMITH 6-0 195 Sr. 3 4
87 Kyle Dockins 6-3 205 Fr. 2 2
17 Miles Gooch 6-3 220 Jr. 2 3

Defense

Clemson Defense Virginia 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 90 JAKE SNYDER 6-4 270 Sr. 3 3
9 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *Jr. 3 4 32 Mike Moore 6-4 275 So. 4 4
DT 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 DT 93 DONTE WILKINS 6-2 305 Fr. 3 3
48 D.J. Reader 6-2 325 So. 3 3 56 Andre Miles-Redmond 6-4 260 Fr. 3 3
DT 48 D.J. READER 6-2 325 So. 3 3 DT 55 DAVID DEAN 6-1 290 So. 3 3
91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 290 *Jr. 4 4 56 Andre Miles-Redmond 6-4 260 Fr. 3 3
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 295 Jr. 3 3 DE 7 ELI HAROLD 6-4 230 So. 5 4
DE 3 VIC BEASLEY 6-2 235 *Jr. 3 3 43 Trent Corney 6-3 250 So. N/A N/A
90 Shaq Lawson 6-3 270 Fr. 3 4 SLB 88 MAX VALLES 6-5 240 Fr. 3 2
SLB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 230 *Sr. 3 3 42 Demeitre Brim 6-3 225 So. 2 3
41 T.J. Burrell 5-11 215 *Fr. 3 3 59 Mark Hall 6-2 250 Fr. 3 3
MLB 42 STEPHONE ANTHONY 6-2 245 Jr. 5 5 MLB 44 HENRY COLEY 6-2 240 Jr. 3 3
44 B.J. Goodson 6-1 235 *So. 2 3 or 13 DAQUAN ROMERO 6-1 235 Jr. 3 3
WLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 240 *Gr. 3 3 WLB 13 DAQUAN ROMERO 6-1 235 Jr. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 230 Jr. 4 5 or 51 ZACH BRADSHAW 6-3 210 Fr. 3 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 5-9 185 *Jr. 4 3 29 D.J. Hill 6-0 220 Jr. 3 3
14 Martin Jenkins 5-9 185 *Jr. 3 3 CB 5 TIM HARRIS 6-2 190 Fr. 4 4
S 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-0 200 So. 4 4 1 Demetrious Nicholson 5-11 185 Jr. 4 4
20 Jayron Kearse 6-4 205 Fr. 4 4 37 Divante Walker 5-11 170 Fr. 2 2
S 27 ROBERT SMITH 5-11 210 Jr. 3 3 SS 8 ANTHONY HARRIS 6-1 185 Jr. 3 3
12 Korrin Wiggins 5-11 190 Fr. 3 3 38 Kelvin Rainey 6-1 190 Fr. 3 3
18 Jadar Johnson 6-1 195 Fr. 3 3 FS 27 RIJO WALKER 5-10 190 Sr. 3 3
CB 8 DARIUS ROBINSON 5-10 175 Sr. 3 4 or 21 BRANDON PHELPS 6-0 185 Jr. 4 4
36 Jerrodd Williams 6-0 195 *Sr. 3 4 46 Mason Thomas 6-0 200 So. 2 2
CB 22 DreQUAN HOSKEY 6-0 180 Jr. N/A 2
or 26 MAURICE CANADY 6-2 185 So. 2 3
21 Brandon Phelps 6-0 185 Jr. 4 4

Special Teams

Clemson Specialists Virginia 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 30 ALEX VOZENILEK 5-10 190 Jr. N/A N/A
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 or 14 IAN FRYE 6-6 195 So. N/A N/A
P 92 BRADLEY PINION 6-6 230 So. 3 3 P 30 ALEX VOZENILEK 5-10 190 Jr. N/A N/A
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 KO 91 Dylan Sims 6-0 195 Fr. N/A N/A
KO 92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 LS 45 Matt Fortin 5-11 185 Jr. N/A N/A
36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 200 *So. 3 2 31 Blake Blaze 6-4 210 Jr. N/A N/A
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 15 Matt Johns 6-5 200 Fr. 3 3
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A PR 20 Tim Smith 6-0 195 Sr. 3 4
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-1 225 *Gr. N/A N/A 23 Khalek Shepherd 5-8 185 Jr. 3 3
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 2 Dominique Terrell 5-11 170 Jr. 4 4
H 32 Corbin Jenkins 5-10 175 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 6 Darius Jennings 5-11 175 Jr. 4 4
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 So. 3 3 4 Taquan Mizzell 5-10 185 Fr. 4 5
PR 13 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 Jr. 3 2 23 Khalek Shepherd 5-8 185 Jr. 3 3
5 Germone Hopper 6-0 180 *Fr. 3 4
KOR 2 Sammy Watkins 6-1 205 Jr. 5 5
& 1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 Jr. 4 4
82 T.J. Green 6-3 195 Fr. 3 2
& 25 Roderick McDowell 5-10 200 *Gr. 3 4

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