Adams, Zimmerman Grab Awards

Ty Zimmerman and Gaines Adams were named Offensive and Defensive Players of the Year for their football team at Fork Union this past year. Zimmerman is getting ready to go home, where he'll be practicing with Marlboro County's QB Syvelle Newton this summer.

Tymere Zimmerman, one of the most highly regarded incoming freshmen in the Clemson Tigers' 2002 recruiting class, has now finished his course work at Fork Union Prep.

But before he left, he and his future Clemson teammate Gaines Adams were able to grab a couple awards.

"Gaines was voted the Defensive Player of the Year, and I was voted the Offensive Player of the Year," said Zimmerman.

Adams, a highly touted defensive end out of Greenwood, registered 58 tackles and an incredible 22 sacks in 10 games this season with Fork Union Prep. He chose the Tigers after orginally committing to the North Carolina Tar Heels. Zimmerman, recorded 25 catches and six touchdowns last season, and he chose Clemson over South Carolina and UNC.

"My family will be here tomorrow, and I'm ready to go home," said Zimmerman. "I can say this though, being here was one of the hardest things I've ever had to do. I didn't want to do it, but I stuck it out and did it."

"That is how bad I wanted to be a Tiger."

Zimmerman will return to his home in Marlboro County with his family on Saturday, where he'll then immediately hit the weight room and the practice fields. "I'll be working out and throwing with Syvelle. We will work out together most of the summer, at least that's what we've talked about."

Working out aside, the one question on everyone's mind is what side of the ball will Tymere be playing on next year, offense or defense?

After all, the 6'4, 208 pound athlete has all the physical tools to be a big hitter as a safety, or a sensational playmaker as a wide receiver.

"I want to play defense but I don't think it will happen. I guess I like both the same. I had 27 INTs and almost 300 tackles in my 3 years of playing, I just hate to be off the field."

In end the though, Coach Bowden will have the final say, "Coach said I'll be playing offense," said Zimmerman. "I am going down to Clemson on July 8th so I will get to work out and every thing before practice starts.

As an All-American performer coming out of Marlboro County High School, Ty was ranked as the #5 wide receiver in the nation by SuperPrep, but he needed a year at Fork Union to get his grades in order.

He signed his official letter of intent with the Tigers for the second time, this past February.

"I am ready to run down the hill this fall, it was always important to be able to play football in South Carolina, and now I'm going to be able to do that." Top Stories