Dabo Swinney Assesses Matt Bockhorst’s First Career Start at Center

One of the biggest questions heading into the season for Clemson was who would be the starting center.

Matt Bockhorst, last seasons starting left guard, won the job, and made his debut at the position against Georgia on Saturday night and head coach Dabo Swinney said on Sunday night that he was overall pleased with the performance.

“He actually did pretty good,” Swinney said. “He did have one bad snap, which we were fortunate that we came up with it but he actually did a pretty good job.”

Swinney noted that considering the fact that it was his first time playing the position in a game, Bockhorst played well.

“I was fairly pleased with him and his effort his knowledge,” Swinney said. “You know, first time really playing that many snaps at center, live reps there. I thought he did, in an incredibly difficult matchup, I thought he did a solid job.”

However, Swinney is still looking for more out of his new starting center, and maintains that the job is Bockhorst’s for the foreseeable future.

“Definitely room for improvement,” Swinney said. “But he was not bad. Definitely got to get better but I thought he did a nice job and yeah right now that’s the plan, to keep him there.”

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