Countdown to Kickoff: #63 Nathan Bennett

Spring practice has served Bennett extremely well the last two years. In 2003, he overtook Chip Myrick as the starter, and in 2004, he was named the most improved offensive lineman by the coaching staff.

OL Nathan Bennett
6-5, 312
Paulding County HS
Dallas, GA


Quick Bio
Nathan Bennett was an all-region selection as a senior and all-Paulding County High School as a junior and senior. After redshirting his first year at Clemson, he emerged as the starter at right guard for most of last season.
The Scoop
Bennett redshirted his freshman year at Clemson but quickly moved up the depth chart in the spring of 2003 at right guard. After it was announced that Jermyn Chester would give up football after tearing a knee ligament, it became crystal clear that Bennett would claim a spot on the first team.

Key Points
  • Nathan Bennett is listed ahead of Chip Myrick at right guard headed into fall practice, but both players are expected to see significant playing time in 2004.

  • The right guard position represents another spot on the offensive line with quality talent and depth. As a redshirt sophomore, Nathan Bennett has proved himself as one of the top offensive linemen on the team, and the good news is he has three years of playing time still ahead of him.

  • Spring practice has served Bennett extremely well the last two years. In 2003, he overtook Chip Myrick as the starter, and in 2004, he was named the most improved offensive lineman by the coaching staff.

  • Competition should be the name of the game when talking about every position on the offensive line in 2004. "When you have somebody right behind you, it forces you to play mistake free football," said Tommy Sharpe. "And we're starting to see that now with our guys, so hopefully that will just help us play at a higher level on gameday."

    Outlook
    The overall outlook on the offensive line seems to be getting better with each year Tommy Bowden is at Clemson. Bennett, along with fellow redshirt sophomores Dustin Fry and Roman Fry, will make up the heart of the offensive line for the next three seasons.

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