Clemson running back Tyshon Dye, who was expected to compete this spring to replace 1,000-yard rusher Rod McDowell, suffered a torn Achilles tendon during a workout on Friday morning and will miss spring practices, the school announced on Friday.
Dye, a redshirt freshman, could return in time for the Aug. 30 season opener at Georgia, according to the release. Dye was ranked No. 12 in the country at his position and No. 123 overall in the Class of 2013, according to ESPN.com.
Considering the need to find a dependable rusher, the Tigers are definitely going to miss Dye this spring, but they still have experienced running backs to work with in D.J. Howard and Zac Brooks. Brooks was third on the team in rushing with 246 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games, and Howard was right behind him with 213 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games. Neither of them, though, earned any starts last year.