Post-spring review: center

Up next in the post-spring review of each position on the Clemson roster are the centers.

In the mix

Ryan Norton: Listed as the starter on the post-spring depth chart, Norton will take over on a full-time role this fall after working part-time as a redshirt freshman in 2012. As a redshirt freshman, he logged 277 snaps in 12 games last season.

Jay Guillermo: A former Under Armour All-American out of high school, Guillermo took a redshirt during his first season on campus. He exited spring practice as the No. 2 behind Norton.

Reid Webster: Webster has done a little bit of everything on the offensive line during his first couple of years on campus. He spent some time at center during the spring.

Joining the mix

The two-deep depth chart is set up pretty well for the next couple of years with both Norton and Guillermo. With Webster now in the mix to provide depth behind those two, the Clemson coaching staff doesn't need to go after a center in the near future.


Jay Guillermo is second on the depth chart at center.
No offers have been sent out to any class of 2014 centers. The 2015 class, which will be big on numbers, could have a center. But no player at the position has been offered by Clemson.

Key storyline

Five games into his redshirt freshman season, Dalton Freeman took over the starting center job. He's started every game since.

Now a rookie free-agent signee with the New York Jets, Freeman is no longer available to touch the ball on every play for Clemson.

Fortunately, for Clemson, Freeman was the only starting offensive lineman not returning to the 2013 squad.

Looking ahead to the fall

Norton entered spring ball as the No. 1 and exited in the same spot. In fact, he distanced himself from the others. However, Guillermo did have a strong spring, and the coaches believe he could be a viable option, sooner rather than later.

If Guillermo does come on as a start-worthy option, Norton could slid over to guard.

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