Star Ratings-Offense


  by - Radio Host - Tuesday, August 27, 2013 6:52 AM
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Like most of you, I don't think the star system used by recruiting websites is the best criteria to use in judging a football team.  Player development and scheme also have a lot to do with a team’s success.  However, a few of our readers asked that I break down Georgia players and share how many stars they had coming out of high school.  I decided to include both Clemson and Georgia for you to use as a reference point.  I have also included some notes for each position. 

 

Today we look at the offenses and tomorrow I will look at the defenses.  Again, the star system is not the only criteria that should be used to evaluate, but below is how many stars each player had on the depth charts released Monday according to Rivals.com:

 

Quarterbacks

Clemson

Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
RS Sr. Quarterback
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA

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4

Cole StoudtCole Stoudt
Jr. Quarterback
#18 6-4, 205
Dublin, OH

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3

 

Georgia

Aaron Murray 4

Hutson Mason 3

Notes:This is a pretty even battle on paper.  These are two of the nation's best quarterbacks.  In hindsight, I think Rivals.com hit on both of these quarterbacks with their four star ranking.  I can't give a decided edge to either quarterback heading into this one.  I would think the Georgia staff would not trade Murray for Boyd and the Clemson staff would not trade Boyd for Murray.

 

Running Backs

Clemson

Roderick McDowellRoderick McDowell
Gr. Running Back
#25 5-9, 195
Sumter, SC

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4

Zac BrooksZac Brooks
So. Running Back
#24 6-1, 185
Jonesboro, AR

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4

 

Georgia

Todd Gurley 4

Keith Marshall 4

Notes:This is where the star system is misleading.  There is a big difference in Georgia's backs and Clemson's even though all four backs were four stars.  There is not a college coach in America that would say this race is even.  Georgia's sophomore duo is the best in America, while Clemson's tandem is unproven.

 

Wide Receivers

Clemson

Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Jr. Wide Receiver
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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5

Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Jr. Wide Receiver
#13 5-11, 190
Spartanburg, SC

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2

 

Charone PeakeCharone Peake
Jr. Wide Receiver
#19 6-3, 200
Moore, SC

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4

Germone HopperGermone Hopper
RS Fr. Wide Receiver
#5 6-0, 170
Charlotte, NC

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4

 

Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Jr. Wide Receiver
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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4

Mike WilliamsMike Williams
Fr. Wide Receiver
#7 6-5, 205
Vance, SC

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4

 

Georgia

Malcolm Mitchell 4

Chris Conley 3

 

Michael Bennett 3

Juston Scott-Wesley 4

Notes:The star system points out what I believe to be true.  Clemson has an advantage here.  Georgia's wide outs are good, but Clemson has as good of a receiving corps as there is in the country.  Watkins, Peake and Bryant are NFL talents. 

 

Tight Ends

Clemson

Darrell SmithDarrell Smith
Gr. Fullback
#40 6-1, 250
Gadsden, AL

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2

Stanton SeckingerStanton Seckinger
RS So. Tight End
#81 6-4, 210
Isle of Palms, SC

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3

 

Georgia

Arthur Lynch 4

Jay Rome 4

Notes:This is perhaps Georgia's biggest advantage on offense.  Both of the Bulldog tight ends are headed for the NFL and at this point I can't see Clemson's getting there.  Jordan LeggettJordan Leggett
Fr. Tight End
#16 6-6, 235
Navarre, FL

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may play, which would help, but the Dawgs have a decided advantage here.

 

Offensive Line

Clemson

Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Gr. Offensive Line
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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4

Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
So. Offensive Tackle
#79 6-6, 280
Brooklyn, NY

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4

 

David BeasleyDavid Beasley
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#68 6-4, 315
Columbus, GA

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3

Kalon DavisKalon Davis
RS Jr. Offensive Guard
#67 6-5, 330
Chester, SC

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3

 

Ryan NortonRyan Norton
RS So. Offensive Line
#58 6-3, 270
Simpsonville, SC

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3

Jay GuillermoJay Guillermo
RS Fr. Center
#57 6-2, 290
Maryville, TN

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3

 

Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
Gr. Offensive Guard
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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3

Reid WebsterReid Webster
RS Jr. Offensive Tackle
#77 6-4, 285
Woodstock, GA

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3

 

Giff Timothy 3

Eric MacLain 4

Shaq AnthonyShaq Anthony
RS So. Offensive Tackle
#76 6-3, 265
Williamston, SC

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3

 

Georgia

Kenarious Gates 3

Mark Beard 3

 

Dallas Lee 4

Watts Dantzler 3

 

David Andrews 3

Hunter Long 3

 

Chris Burnette 4

Kolston Houston 3

 

John Theus 5

Xzavier Ward 3

Notes:The offensive lines are close.  Georgia may have a slight advantage here, but both offensive lines should be considered strengths.  Clemson has four returning starters while Georgia has all five starters back, and both have built solid depth.

 

 

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Thomasville, GA

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