CUTigers' Top 25 in '13: No. 18

The second of the four offensive linemen that made our top 25 in 2013 list is center Ryan Norton.

CUTigers continues the list of the 25 players we think will have the most productive seasons in 2013.

No. 18

C Ryan Norton, Redshirt Sophomore
It's tough for a freshman to take snaps away from a senior like Dalton Freeman. But when Norton did play last season, he was solid.

The Resume

Norton appeared in 12 games last season, nine of which were as an offensive lineman. He logged 277 snaps, 104 of which were against Ball State and Furman.

During his first year on campus, Norton took a redshirt, but he nearly avoided sitting out. The Clemson coaches dressed Norton for the first few games in 2011 before deciding on a redshirt.

Moving Forward

As expected, Norton entered and exited the spring as the starter at center. Towards the end of the 15 practices, Jay Guillermo began to emerge as a more viable option.

It's possible that Norton could be shifted over and play left guard if the Clemson coaches believe Guillermo can be counted on at center. Regardless, they feel good about what Norton brings to the table at center.

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