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 Friday morning and will miss spring practices, the school said.
Dye, a redshirt freshman, could return in time for the Aug. 30 season opener at Georgia, according to the release.
Clemson's offense is getting an overhaul this spring, as the Tigers have to replace their leading rusher, leading receivers and quarterback Tajh Boyd. McDowell led the Tigers with 1,025 yards and had five touchdowns last year.
Dye arrived at Clemson from Elbert County Comprehensive High School in Elberton, Ga. He was ranked No. 12 in the country at his position by ESPN.com and No. 123 overall in the class of 2013.
Without him, Clemson will turn to D.J. Howard and Zac Brooks this spring. 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 had any starts.