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The Final Cockdown: #51, Cory Helms

A 2013 freshman All-American offensive lineman carries on the countdown for us on this Independence Day.

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Cory Helms
Redshirt Junior
Offensive guard/center
6’4", 306
Alpharetta, GA


The #16 center in the class of 2013 according to 247Sports, Helms was offered by the likes of North Carolina, Kentucky and Georgia Tech before settling on Wake Forest. Helms transferred to South Carolina after two seasons despite overtures from several other programs, and had to sit out last season due to NCAA regulations.

College Career

Helms appeared in every game in 2013 and 2014 for Wake Forest, starting all but one. In 2013, he earned Freshman All-American honors for his efforts. After the 2014 season, he completed his transfer to South Carolina to be closer to his grandmother (who is ill) but was unable to gain immediate eligibility by the NCAA.

2016 Outlook

Helms’ addition provides much-needed depth and veteran leadership to the Gamecocks’ offensive line, and he’ll benefit strongly under the guidance of Shawn Elliott. He found himself as the starting right guard on the post-spring two-deep ahead of Donell Stanley (which he should have locked up). However, he’ll back up Alan Knott at center and will be more than ready to go if the redshirt junior can’t go for any reason.