Clemson Tigers News: Ousmane Sylla, Hunter Helms, new PWO commitment

Ousmane Sylla wins the 2023 MAC Hermann Award, Hunter Helms finds a new program and Clemson receives a new 2024 commitment from a preferred walk-on linebacker.
Dec 11, 2023; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers midfielder Ousmane Sylla (10) celebrates
Dec 11, 2023; Louisville, KY, USA; Clemson Tigers midfielder Ousmane Sylla (10) celebrates / Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Today’s Events

Clemson Men’s Basketball vs North Carolina: 12:00 PM at Littlejohn Coliseum

Read Marty Coleman’s preview of the game here.

Ousmane Sylla wins MAC Hermann Award

The MAC Hermann Award is annually given to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college soccer players in the nation. It is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy for college football.

This season’s award has been bestowed upon Ousmane Sylla from Clemson Men’s Soccer.

Sylla led the Tigers to their fourth national championship in 2023, scoring 13 goals and 10 assists. He scored the game-winner in the national championship match against Notre Dame.

MAC stands for Missouri Athletic Club and it is named after Bob Hermann, who was an executive with the North American Soccer League.

Sylla is the fourth player in program history to win the MAC Hermann.

In other Clemson Tigers News....

Former Clemson quarterback Hunter Helms has found his new program.

Helms is a former walk-on at Clemson who earned a scholarship and was Cade Klubnik’s primary backup in 2023.

The Tigers received a commitment from a preferred walk-on linebacker.

Billy Wilkes is from Charlotte, North Carolina, and played at Providence High School.

One of the first preseason polls for college baseball has been released and Clemson Baseball is included.

Six ACC teams are included, the other five being No. 1 Wake Forest, No. 10 Virginia, No. 14 UNC, No. 19 NC State and No. 23 Duke. Future ACC program Stanford was ranked at No. 12.

Clemson Football freshman Sammy Brown has racked up another high school honor.

ACC opponent North Carolina recently parted ways with defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, who was once the head coach at Auburn. The Tar Heels are targeting another former head coach to replace him.

Geoff Collins was the head coach who had the task of shifting Georgia Tech from the triple option of Paul Johnson. He infamously had his team transport weights to his first game in Death Valley so his players could lift them on the sidelines.