Clemson added a pair of very notable walk-ons this offseason. Kirk Herbstreit’s twin sons Tye and Jake both joined the program this fall.
The Herbstreits have each seen some action this season. Tye, a wide receiver, has played against Georgia Tech, Charlotte, Boston College, and Wofford. Jake is listed at cornerback, but has also lined up at receiver against Charlotte, and got special teams work against Boston College and Wofford.
Apparently Tye Herbstreit is getting things done off the field at Clemson as well. On Wednesday, the Pre-Business major, along with junior defensive tackle Xavier Kelly and freshman offensive lineman Hunter Rayburn, was given an academic award by the program.
The trio were “recognized for applying ‘Best is the Standard,'” a Clemson mantra, in “academic achievement.”
Naturally, Kirk Herbstreit is a proud father, and made sure to congratulate his son and his two Tiger teammates on Twitter.
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) November 7, 2019
Tye and Jake Herbstreit each played at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, before making the jump up to Clemson. It seems like the Tigers experience has been pretty good for the pair so far.
The Tigers have no shortage of notable walk-ons. Head coach Dabo Swinney’s sons Will and Drew are both currently on the team. Former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan was also a regular on campus when his son Seth walked on with the program from 2013-2017, winning the national championship in his final year as a player.
He is now a quality control staffer with the Los Angeles Chargers.