Hard-nosed yet eloquent vocal leader and academic stalwart who played 1,742 career snaps over 47 games (20 starts) in his Clemson career spanning 2017-21 … started at both guard and center in his career … part of the program for four ACC championships, four College Football Playoff berths, two National Championship Game appearances and one national title … two-time All-ACC Academic Team selection.
2021: William V. Campbell Trophy semifinalist … voted as a permanent team captain … All-ACC Academic Team selection … played 390 snaps and started all seven games in which he appeared prior to suffering a career-ending knee injury … helped the team by starting the first four games of the season at center before transitioning back to his natural position at guard … played 67 snaps vs. No. 5 Georgia in his first start at center … played 48 snaps vs. SC State as Clemson exceeded both 200 rushing yards and 200 passing yards … played 70 plays vs. Georgia Tech, Clemson’s second straight game allowing zero sacks … played 53 snaps at NC State … played 68 snaps and shared offensive player of the game honors after helping power Clemson to 231 rushing yards and 207 passing yards vs. Boston College … played 65 snaps in a Friday night win at Syracuse … played 19 snaps at No. 23 Pitt before exiting with a season-ending ACL tear.
2020: Second-team All-ACC pick who played 753 snaps in starting all 12 games as Clemson led the ACC as the only team to allow fewer than two sacks per game … NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American … All-ACC Academic Team selection … played 65 snaps and helped Clemson to 561 yards at Wake Forest … played 33 snaps in Clemson’s shutout win vs. The Citadel … played 68 snaps vs. Virginia in helping Trevor Lawrence post his second 300-yard passing game of the season … played 90 snaps in helping Clemson exceed both 200 yards passing and 200 yards rushing against No. 7 Miami … played 51 snaps at Georgia Tech as Clemson accumulated 671 yards and 73 points in the largest conference win in ACC history … played 82 snaps in Travis Etienne’s three-touchdown performance against Syracuse … played 81 snaps vs. Boston College as Clemson scored 24 unanswered points to overcome an 18-point deficit in the largest comeback win in the history of Death Valley … played 32 snaps prior to injury in helping D.J. Uiagalelei throw for 439 yards in a double-overtime contest at No. 4 Notre Dame … played 65 snaps vs. Pitt, helping protect Trevor Lawrence during his 403-yard passing performance … played 55 snaps at Virginia Tech, holding the Hokies without a sack and helping Clemson to 7.9 yards per carry in the contest … played 63 snaps as Clemson produced 541 yards of offense in ACC Championship Game vs. No. 2 Notre Dame … played 68 snaps in Sugar Bowl vs. No. 3 Ohio State.
2019: Played 421 snaps over 15 games (one start), helping Clemson finish fourth in the nation in points per game (43.9) and fifth in total offense (school-record 528.7 yards per game) … played 42 snaps vs. Georgia Tech in helping Clemson to its most rushing yards (411) in a season opener since 1957 … recorded 32 snaps vs. No. 12 Texas A&M … played 20 snaps at Syracuse … recorded 34 snaps vs. Charlotte … played 10 snaps at North Carolina in Clemson’s first one-point win since the 2012 Chick-fil-A Bowl … played 46 snaps and earned ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in helping Clemson to 552 yards of total offense vs. Florida State … played 38 snaps in the midst of Clemson’s 551-yard performance with 298 rushing yards at Louisville … played 38 snaps in helping Clemson exceed both 300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards vs. Boston College … played 33 snaps in helping Clemson to 702 yards of offense vs. Wofford … played 30 snaps in Clemson’s Atlantic Division-clinching win at NC State … played 22 snaps vs. Wake Forest, helping Clemson outgain the Demon Deacons, 516-105 … played 37 snaps at South Carolina as Clemson earned its sixth consecutive victory against the Gamecocks … played 23 snaps as Clemson rolled up 600 yards of offense vs. No. 22 Virginia en route to a fifth straight ACC Championship … played three snaps as Clemson produced the fifth-largest comeback in school history, overcoming a 16-0 deficit in a Fiesta Bowl win vs. No. 2 Ohio State … played 10 snaps vs. No. 1 LSU.
2018: Played 178 snaps over 13 games … played 18 snaps in his collegiate debut vs. Furman … played 20 snaps vs. Georgia Southern … played 16 snaps at Georgia Tech … played six snaps vs. Syracuse … played 21 snaps in helping Clemson accrue 698 yards and a school-record 11.8 yards per carry at Wake Forest, resulting in the entire offensive line earning team offensive player of the game honors … played 24 snaps in helping Clemson accrue 471 yards of offense against No. 16 NC State … played seven snaps at Florida State … played 11 snaps as Clemson eclipsed 200 passing yards and 200 rushing yards vs. Duke … played a season-high 30 snaps vs. South Carolina in helping guide Clemson to 744 total yards, the third-highest total in school history … played seven snaps in ACC Championship Game against Pitt and 11 snaps in Cotton Bowl vs. No. 3 Notre Dame … played six snaps in National Championship Game vs. No. 1 Alabama.
Before Clemson: 2016 Under Armour All-American … did not play senior season due to injury suffered at The Opening in Oregon on July 10 … still listed as a top-200 prospect by many of the services for 2016 … rated No. 157 in the nation by ESPN, they also list him No. 5 in the state of Ohio and No. 12 at his position nationally … No. 240 prospect by 247 Sports and No. 245 by Scout … No. 11 prospect in the state and No. 14 at his position by 247 Sports … first team all-state as a junior … a 4.0 student, he committed to Clemson on January 30, 2016 … first Clemson signee from the state of Ohio since Cole Stoudt in 2011 … wore #77 at St. Xavier High School where he played for Steve Specht … recruited by Robbie Caldwell.
Personal: Born Jan. 27, 1999 … earned degree in financial management in December 2020 … aspiring financial planner who was part of a Clemson contingent that rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange on Jan. 30, 2019 … completed microinternships with Cisco in 2018 and Merrill Lynch in 2019 … four-time ACC Honor Roll selection (2017-18, 20-21) … won the 2021 Tim Bourret Award, presented annually to the player who best represents himself, his teammates and Clemson University in the media.
They don't make dudes better than @MattBockhorst.As Dabo Swinney said, "That kid has given every ounce of everything he’s had in his career."His thank you to the media is excerpted below; the full interview is linked here: https://t.co/x1nZqZRvxu pic.twitter.com/qyCRpNfJrW— Ross Taylor (@ClemsonFBRoss) October 26, 2021
They don't make dudes better than @MattBockhorst.
As Dabo Swinney said, "That kid has given every ounce of everything he’s had in his career."
His thank you to the media is excerpted below; the full interview is linked here: https://t.co/x1nZqZRvxu pic.twitter.com/qyCRpNfJrW
— Ross Taylor (@ClemsonFBRoss) October 26, 2021