Clemson, Dabo Swinney Lose Star To Pro Soccer
Clemson and Dabo Swinney lost a star to pro soccer this past week.
Kicker Tanner Tessmann will be leaving the Tigers behind to sign a Major League Soccer Homegrown deal with FC Dallas.
This is obviously no huge surprise seeing as Tessmann has been a USA Youth National Soccer Team prospect over the past few years, but it is still a blow of sorts to Swinney.
The Clemson head coach signed Tessmann to a full scholarship back in December and spoke with pure, unbridled joy regarding the move after the fact.
“Hopefully he’ll have the opportunity to win national championships in two sports at Clemson before he gets out of here,” Swinney said at the time.
Sadly, it does not appear as though Swinney will ever get the chance to see his star prospect in action as a member of the Tigers football team.
Back in December of 2019 Swinney admitted that he had been watching Tessmann for a very long time and that the youngster’s father, PJ, is one of his best friends.
Moreover, Tessmann’s uncle married Swinney’s sister-in-law. Those are some deep ties.
But it was not just the ties that caught Swinney’s eye.
Tessmann reportedly is able to hit 65-yard field goals with his right foot and 50-yards with his left.
While Clemson is no doubt sad to lose its promising young kicker, Swinney will no doubt also view this through the perspective of it being a huge opportunity for a family friend – and that will probably soften the blow to some degree.