Christopher Smith

Clemson RB Tyshon Dye Injures Achilles

Created on Feb. 22, 2014 3:28 PM EST

Clemson running back Tyshon Dye tore an Achilles tendon Friday morning during a workout and will miss all of spring practice, the team announced.

Dye, a four-star recruit in 2013, was a strong option to replace outgoing senior Roderick McDowell as the team's starting running back in a retooled offense.

Per the Tigers, coach Dabo Swinney thinks Dye can be ready for the Aug. 30 opener against Georgia. This is the second injury setback for Dye, a Elberton, Ga., native who suffered a back injury that led to a redshirt last season.

Clemson is replacing McDowell, starting quarterback Tajh Boyd and starting receivers Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant.

Four-star running back Alvin Kamara, rumored to transfer to Clemson from Alabama, instead got arrested in Georgia and is headed to Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College.

The Tigers do have depth with Zac Brooks and D.J. Howard, both of whom ran for more than 200 yards in 2013. Offensive coordinator Chad Morris recently told that Wayne Gallman, another redshirt freshman, is "probably as dynamic and electric a back as I've seen. He can turn speed to power so fast. There's a lot of great things going on with our backs."

The team would love a healthy Dye, but given the abundance of options and Dye's lack of practice reps, it's difficult to see him starting this fall even if he's able to physically recover from a torn Achilles in just six months.

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