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Farewell to Clemson LT Mitch Hyatt

Clemson’s record setting left tackle departs after his second National Championship victory, but not before we can thank him and highlight his contributions.

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We broke down how the Clemson Tiger offensive line played a huge part in their dynasty dismantling of Alabama (check that out here). Now we’ll zoom out to take a look and appreciate the whole career of one of the starters from that excellent OL.

Mitch Hyatt, the starting left tackle for all four of Clemson’s playoff teams, is often overlooked. He’s a quieter kid at a less glamorous position, so that makes sense, but his contributions can’t be understated.

Mitch Hyatt was a high four-star recruit from North Gwinnett High School that had offers from all the major Southern football programs. Fortunately, he grew up a Clemson fan. His signing was a big boost for a Clemson program that needed to improve its O-line recruiting at the time. He was expected to start his career as a reserve behind Isaiah Battle until Battle unexpectedly decided to enter the supplemental draft. This was a major blow as the Tigers would be forced to start a true freshman at left tackle.

To the surprise of many, Hyatt was able to jump right in as a true freshman and help solidify the O-line. He held the starting job for all four years, stayed healthy, and started the most games and played the most snaps in Clemson football history.

Prior to this year’s college football playoffs, ProFootball Focus shared Hyatt allowed only 11 QB pressures on his 398 pass-blocking snaps at left tackle.

Hyatt now enters the NFL draft where he is expected to be selected around the third round. He will have a chance to write a new narrative on Clemson’s ability to put successful offensive lineman into the NFL. Regardless of what happens in the rest of his NFL career, Mitch Hyatt was a huge contributor in Clemson’s greatest four year stretch in school history. Because of his position and quiet nature, he’ll often be overlooked, but he was certainly one of the star players driving Clemson’s run.

The Tigers improved O-line recruiting may keep the run going for years to come, but record setting left tackles shouldn’t be soon forgotten. Thank you Mitch Hyatt!