There were high expectations for Dye.
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 ClemsonTigers.com.
The Charleston Post and Courier’s Gene Sapakoff offered more on the injury:
Dabo says Tyshon Dye will miss spring practice but hopes to have him back for the fall season— Gene Sapakoff (@Sapakoff) February 21, 2014
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 Orangeandwhite.com’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.
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.