Best players in Clemson history: Offensive guard

Best players in Clemson history: Offensive guard


Best players in Clemson history: Offensive guard

When you think of offensive linemen at Clemson, the first name that pops in your head is, without a doubt, Bostic.

The Bostic Brothers of the mid-to-late 1970s are still considered two of the greatest brother combos in ACC history.

Joe, the older brother, played at Clemson from 1975-’78 where he became a two-time All-American at guard. Jeff, who played at Clemson because his older brother convinced the Clemson coaches they needed to recruit him, became a three-year starter for the Tigers at center and earned All-ACC honors in 1979.

Both were part of Clemson’s resurgence in the late 1970s as they were on the 1977 squad that ended an 18-year bowl drought as well as on the 1978 ACC Championship team that went 11-1 and finished No. 6 in the country nationally.

With the Bostic brothers leading the way, the Tigers running game averaged 296.5 yards a game in 1978, which led the ACC and ranked sixth nationally. Overall the offense ranked fourth nationally at 436.7 yards per game and fifth in scoring offense at 31.9 points per game.

Joe Bostic was a major catalyst for the Tigers’ success in the late 1970s. He played football for Clemson from 1975-78, and was part of the era that put the Tigers back on the college football map, helping them to two bowl appearances.

Bostic was the cornerstone of the offensive line in 1977 and ’78 as he earned All-American honors each year. He was selected to the first-team All-ACC both years and was awarded the prestigious Jacobs Blocking Trophy signifying the best offensive lineman in the state of South Carolina in 1977 and 1978 and for the ACC in 1977. Bostic was selected to Clemson’s Centennial Team in 1996 and was inducted into the Clemson Athletic Hall of Fame that same year.

Honorable mentions:

Harry Olszewski (1965-’67): Olszewski is best remembered when he ran 12 yards for a touchdown after a fumbled snap from center to lead Clemson to a 35-10 victory in Death Valley over South Carolina in 1966. The win clinched the 1966 ACC Championship for the Tigers. No Clemson offensive lineman had scored a touchdown for Clemson until the 2011 season when Brandon Thomas recovered a fumble in the end zone at Georgia Tech. Olszewski was a first-team consensus All-America in 1967 and was the only unanimous selection to the All-ACC team that year. “Harry O” was also named to the ACC Silver Anniversary team in 1977. He also won the ACC and the South Carolina Jacobs Blocking Trophy in 1967. A starter in all 30 games of his Clemson career, his blocking was a prime reason Clemson won the ACC all three years he played. In 1980, Olszewski was inducted in to the Clemson Hall of Fame and he was named to the state of South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1996, he was named to Clemson’s Centennial team.

Stacy Seegars (1990-’93): Stacy Seegars was a standout offensive guard for the Clemson football team from 1990-93. He accumulated a total of 2,457 snaps in his career, 17th-most in Clemson history. In 1991, Seegars started all 12 games and played 808 snaps while recording 50 knockdown blocks. The following year, Seegars doubled his knockdown blocks by recording 103 in 788 snaps. His 103 knockdowns tied a Clemson single-season record. He was named First-Team All-ACC and AP Second-Team All-American that season. He was also named ACC Offensive Lineman-of-the-Week twice that year. In 1993, Seegars was named a First-Team All-American by AP, Walter Camp, Scripps-Howard, and Football News. He was also named First-Team All-ACC and was selected to the All-ACC Academic team. In 1993, he started all 12 games, played 789 snaps, and recorded 58 knockdown blocks. Seegars finished his Clemson career with 213 knockdown blocks, making him one of just four Tigers in history to total over 200 career knockdown blocks at the time. He averaged a staggering five knockdown blocks per game during his career. He also started his final 35 games in a Tiger uniform.

John Phillips (1984-’87): Phillips was a two-time All-American offensive guard. The native of Spruce Pine, N.C., lettered for the Tigers from 1984-’87. He captured the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the state of South Carolina in 1986 and 1987. He started 32 games and played 47 in arrow during his career. He started on the ACC Championship teams of 1986 and 1987 and was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1999.

Jeb Flesch (1988-’91): Flesch was a first-team All-American according to AP, UPI Football News, and Walter Camp, and a first-team All-ACC choice. He was the leader of the offensive line that led the Tigers to the ACC title and in total offense in l99l. He was the team leader in knockdown blocks during the 1991 regular season with 72 and led the team in that category in six different games. He had 262 knockdown blocks for his career. He started 45 consecutive games from 1988-’91 and ended his career ranked second in Clemson history in career starts by an offensive lineman and second in starts by any player regardless of position.

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