Clemson Football: Tigers RB Tyshon Dye Tears Achilles Tendon

Sebastian LenaAnalyst IFebruary 21, 2014

There were high expectations for Dye.
There were high expectations for Dye.Credit: 247 Sports

Clemson Tigers running back Tyshon Dye just can’t seem to catch a break.

On Friday morning, it was announced that the redshirt freshman tore his Achilles tendon during a workout, per

The Charleston Post and Courier’s Gene Sapakoff offered more on the injury:

This is the latest setback for Dye, who missed out on his true freshman season last year after being hampered by a back injury and eventually undergoing surgery.

Given the circumstances, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney planned to take it slowly in the spring.

“Any time you’re dealing with a back, you want to proceed very cautiously,” he said last month, via’s Kerry Capps. “I don’t know any reason to be concerned, but until you see a guy out there doing it again, there’s always a little bit of caution.”

Unfortunately, accidents happen even when being cautious.

With senior running back Roderick McDowell—1,025 yards and five touchdowns in 2013—graduating, the Tigers were hoping to rely on Dye to fill the void in the backfield. He was set to compete with rising junior Zac Brooks (246 YDS, 2 TD) and rising senior D.J. Howard (213 YDS, 2 TD) over the summer for the starting job.

Now, since Dye could potentially miss summer camp as well, there’s a good chance this opens the door for 2014 enrollees Adam Choice or Jae’lon Oglesby to avoid redshirting.

A former Elbert County High standout, Dye was a 4-star prospect in the class of 2013. He choose Clemson over hometown Georgia and other top schools, including Auburn, Notre Dame, South Carolina and USC.


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