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Clemson @ Wake Forest 2012 Depth Chart Comparison

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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.

Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE

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. Clemson dominates these numbers all across the board, out-recruiting Wake up and down the board. We'll see if Clemson can turn this definite talent advantage into a victory during this short week in Winston Salem.

Table I Overall Recruiting Numbers

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
Wake Forest Scout 2.29 2.50 2.18 2.35
Rivals 2.68 2.60 2.30 2.57
Average 2.48 2.55 2.24 2.46

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Figure 1: Recruiting Stars Comparison

And...all the individual player data:

Table II: Offensive Comparison

Clemson Offense Wake Forest 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 73 STEVEN CHASE 6-7 305 *Jr. 2 NA
79 Isaiah Battle 6-6 280 Fr. 3 3 71 Hunter Goodwin 6-6 310 *Fr. 3 3
LG 68 DAVID BEASLEY 6-4 315 *So. 3 3 LG 60 WHIT BARNES 6-4 290 *Jr. 2 3
67 Kalon Davis 6-5 330 *So. 3 3 79 Gabe Irby 6-4 315 *Sr. 2 2
C 55 DALTON FREEMAN 6-5 285 *Gr. 4 4 C 74 GARRICK WILLIAMS 6-4 310 *Sr. 2 2
58 Ryan Norton 6-3 270 *Fr. 3 3 72 Cody Preble 6-5 295 *Fr. 3 3
RG 62 TYLER SHATLEY 6-3 295 *Jr. 3 3 RG 75 FRANK SOUZA 6-4 310 *Jr. 3 3
77 Reid Webster 6-5 285 *So. 3 3 79 Gabe Irby 6-4 315 *Sr. 2 2
RT 70 GIFFORD TIMOTHY 6-6 310 *So. 2 3 RT 68 COLIN SUMMERS 6-5 315 *So. 2 3
76 Shaq Anthony 6-4 265 *Fr. 3 3 63 Dylan Intemann 6-5 300 *Fr. 3 3
TE 80 BRANDON FORD 6-4 240 *Gr. 3 4 TE 89 SPENCER BISHOP 6-2 240 *Jr. N/A N/A
86 Sam Cooper 6-5 250 *So. 2 2 97 Daniel Vogelsang 6-3 255 *So. 2 NA
WR 6 DeANDRE HOPKINS 6-2 205 Jr. 4 4 WR 81 TERENCE DAVIS 6-2 205 *Sr. 2 2
1 Martavis Bryant 6-5 200 So. 4 4 86 Brandon Terry 6-5 205 *So. 3 3
QB 10 TAJH BOYD 6-1 225 *Jr. 5 4 QB 10 TANNER PRICE 6-2 205 Jr. 2 3
8 Cole Stoudt 6-5 205 So. 3 3 12 Brendan Cross 6-2 200 *Jr. 2 3
RB 23 ANDRE ELLINGTON 5-10 195 *Sr. 4 4 TB 25 JOSH HARRIS 5-11 210 *Jr. 2 2
22 D.J. Howard 5-11 195 *So. 3 3 21 Deandre Martin 6-2 215 *Fr. 2 3
or 25 Roderick McDowell 5-9 195 *Jr. 3 4 FB 42 TOMMY BOHANON 6-2 245 Sr. 2 3
FB 40 DARRELL SMITH 6-2 250 *Jr. 3 2 44 Ben Emert 6-1 235 *So. 2 3
WR 18 JARON BROWN 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3 FLK 4 LOVELL JACKSON 5-10 185 *Sr. 2 2
19 Charone Peake 6-3 200 So. 4 4 18 Quan Rucker 6-0 205 *Jr. 3 3
WR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2

Table III: Defensive Comparison

Clemson Defense Wake Forest 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 96 HASAN HAZIME 6-5 270 Gr. N/A N/A
6 Tavaris Barnes 6-4 275 *So. 3 4 90 Kris Redding 6-4 265 *Jr. 2 2
NG 50 GRADY JARRETT 6-1 290 So. 3 3 NG 50 NIKITA WHITLOCK 5-11 260 *Jr. 2 2
48 D.J. Reader 6-3 335 Fr. 3 3 91 Johnny Garcia 6-4 250 *So. 2 2
DT 91 JOSH WATSON 6-4 285 *So. 4 4 DE 98 ZACH THOMPSON 6-5 255 *Jr. 3 3
or 99 DeSHAWN WILLIAMS 6-1 285 So. 3 3 36 Tylor Harris 6-4 245 Fr. 2 2
94 Carlos Watkins 6-3 300 Fr. 4 4 LOU 40 JOEY EHRMANN 6-4 220 *Sr. 2 3
DE 93 COREY CRAWFORD 6-5 270 So. 4 4 35 Zachary Allen 6-2 240 *So. 3 3
3 Vic Beasley 6-3 225 *So. 3 3 MLB 41 MIKE OLSON 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 2
SLB/NB 34 QUANDON CHRISTIAN 6-2 225 *Jr. 3 3 48 Brandon Chubb 6-1 235 *Fr. 2 2
or 11 TRAVIS BLANKS 6-1 190 Fr. 4 4 WLB 45 RILEY HAYNES 6-1 220 *Sr. 2 3
MLB 33 SPENCER SHUEY 6-3 230 *Jr. 3 3 32 Scott Betros 6-2 240 *Sr. 3 3
12 Stephone Anthony 6-3 235 So. 5 5 ROB 39 JUSTIN JACKSON 6-1 220 *Jr. 3 3
WLB 46 JONATHAN WILLARD 6-2 225 *Sr. 3 4 49 Derricus Ellis 6-2 240 *Sr. 2 2
42 Corico Wright 5-11 230 Sr. 3 3 CB 7 MERRILL NOEL 5-10 180 *So. 3 3
7 Tony Steward 6-1 235 So. 4 5 15 Allen Ramsey II 6-0 190 *Fr. 3 3
CB 9 XAVIER BREWER 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 SS 6 CHIBUIKEM OKORO 6-1 190 *Sr. 2 2
29 Cortez Davis 6-3 200 *Fr. 3 4 5 Daniel Mack 6-0 200 *Jr. 3 3
SS 5 JONATHAN MEEKS 6-1 210 Sr. 4 4 FS 17 A.J. MARSHALL 6-0 190 Jr. 3 4
27 Robert Smith 5-11 210 So. 3 3 18 Josh Strickland 6-2 200 Sr. N/A N/A
FS 31 RASHARD HALL 6-2 210 *Gr. 3 3 CB 9 KEVIN JOHNSON 6-1 175 *So. 3 2
9 Xavier Brewer 5-11 190 *Gr. 4 3 23 James Ward 5-10 170 Fr. 2 3
CB 17 BASHAUD BREELAND 6-0 195 *So. 4 3
or 26 GARRY PETERS 6-0 195 *So. 3 4

Table IV: Special Teams Comparison

Clemson Specialists Wake Forest 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 27 CHAD HEDLUND 6-1 185 *Fr. 2 2
13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 82 Jimmy Newman 6-2 195 Sr. 3 2
or 36 Ammon Lakip 5-10 175 *Fr. 3 2 P 38 ALEXANDER KINAL 6-4 210 *Fr. NA NA
P 13 SPENCER BENTON 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 24 Alex Wulfeck 5-9 175 Sr. N/A N/A
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 KO 82 Jimmy Newman 6-2 195 Sr. 3 2
KO 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 27 Chad Hedlund 6-1 185 *Fr. 2 2
92 Bradley Pinion 6-6 230 Fr. 3 3 LS 52 Logan Feimster 6-5 250 *So. 2 NA
LS(PK) 75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A 60 Whit Barnes 6-4 290 *Jr. 2 3
52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A H 24 Alex Wulfeck 5-9 175 Sr. N/A N/A
LS(P) 52 Phillip Fajgenbaum 6-0 220 *Jr. N/A N/A 38 Alexander Kinal 6-4 210 *Fr. NA NA
75 Michael Sobeski 6-2 205 *So. N/A N/A PR 4 Lovell Jackson 5-10 185 *Sr. 2 2
H 13 Spencer Benton 6-1 195 *Sr. 2 2 5 Orville Reynolds 5-9 185 So. 2 3
39 Chandler Catanzaro 6-2 195 *Jr. N/A N/A KOR 4 Lovell Jackson 5-10 185 *Sr. 2 2
PR 16 Adam Humphries 5-11 190 So. 3 2 5 Orville Reynolds 5-9 185 So. 2 3
2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5 6 Chibuikem Okoro 6-1 190 *Sr. 2 2
KOR 2 SAMMY WATKINS 6-1 205 So. 5 5
18 Jaron Brown 6-2 205 *Gr. 3 3