Former Clemson and East Carolina running back Tyshon Dye, 25, died after drowning in a state park in Georgia on Friday. As reported by The Greenville News, Dye was unable to swim to shore after swimming with his two brothers, who were unable to help him once they noticed Dye was struggling.
Dye was a member of Clemson’s national championship team in 2016 and the national runners-up in 2015, although he did play in the national championship game (both against Alabama) in either season.
“All of our hearts are just broken,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a released statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever been associated with or coached. We’re just all heartbroken tonight, and we’re praying for his family and know that he’s been called home.”
Dye rushed for a career-high 124 yards in a game in his freshman season with the Tigers in 2014 when he carried the football 20 times and scored two touchdowns against Georgia State. After graduating from Clemson, Dye transferred to East Carolina for the 2017 season. With the Pirates, Dye rushed for a career season-high 217 yards in eight games.
Clemson managed to avoid an upset at the hand of Boston College, but came at a cost. Freshman running back Adam Choice has been lost for the season after tearing his ACL on Saturday.
The injury occurred early in the game, on Clemson’s second offensive possession of the game. Choice will now rehab and work to return to the field in 2015. It should be expected Clemson will go light on him in the spring as a precaution, but if all goes well Choice will be back in the mix in 2015 for the Tigers. Choice ends his freshman season with 218 rushing yards and one touchdown.
With Choice now done for the season, Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will be quick to try and get Tyshon Dye plugged in on offense. Dye tore his Achilles back in February. Dye has been practicing with the team recently and he made the trip up to Boston last weekend. Swinney says Dye is in good shape and said Sunday Clemson is close to getting Dye back on the field. Without Choice, Dye’s return may be accelerated if it does not pose a threat to his health.
A back injury and subsequent surgery cost four-star 2013 recruit Tyshon Dye his true freshman season. Another injury a few feet further south, unfortunately, has given the Clemson running back yet another medical obstacle with which to deal.
Dye suffered what was described as a torn Achilles tendon Friday, the school announced. The injury occurred during a winter workout earlier in the day.
While the injury will keep Dye off the field for spring practice, head coach Dabo Swinney is hopeful the player will be “back in time for the fall season.” Whether that means Dye will be healthy enough to participate in summer camp a few months down the road is unclear.
Dye was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 16 running back in the country. Coming off a redshirt for his true freshman season, Dye was expected to be a part of a stable of backs looking to replace the production lost by the departure of leading rusher Roderick McDowell.