Running back Tyshon Dye on the mend, but won't get green light until spring

Dabo Swinney: 'We've got him for four more years. I don't have any doubt that if he's healthy, he's going to show up pretty quick'

Clemson running back Tyshon Dye, a former Elberton High School standout, catches a ball during the first day of practice in Clemson.

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Clemson running back Tyshon Dye, a former Elberton High School standout, catches a ball during the first day of practice in Clemson.

Dabo Swinney is counting on Tyshon Dye being something special, once he puts his injuries behind him.

The highly-touted running back from Elbert County, Ga. went into preseason camp with high hopes, penciled in to play as a first-year freshman for what he brought to the table - a big-back body, with speed to spare.

It didn't work out.

Dye developed a back injury during August, and when the injury didn't respond to rest and physical therapy, he underwent surgery last month to correct a problem with a disc.

While he was in surgery, he also had work done on his ankle, which had been injured previously.

Swinney said this week that Dye's rehab is on schedule, but he won't likely be cleared to resume work until spring practice.

"He's just rehabbing right now," Swinney said. "He had the back surgery. He had a disc they had to clean up, and that went great. He feels good.

"He also had a ligament thing on his ankle that he's just been playing with. We just kind of cleaned that up to get that out of the way while he's rehabbing."

Swinney said the prospect of having Dye in the backfield for the next four years is consolation for his season lost.

"He is a phenomenal young man," Swinney said. "I hate that he got hurt because I think he would have been a special player this year. But we've got him for four more years. I don't have any doubt that if he's healthy, he's going to show up pretty quick."

Swinney said that the only two active Tigers who'll be limited in practice for the Georgia Tech game are running back C.J. Davidson and defensive back Ronald Geohaghan. Both are recovering from mild MCL sprains.

"Going into game 10 we have a lot of guys beat up but only a couple of guys out of practice," Swinney said. "Geohaghan is still coming back, and it's the same thing with C.J. I think both of those guys will be back pretty soon. Everybody else is practicing and getting after it.

Garry Peters is out there practicing, but I wouldn't say he's 100-percent, but he's in the process of working his way back to that. He's in a green jersey. We're not letting him have contact. I'm excited to get him back going.”

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TigerNE writes:

Good to know we've got Oglesby and Adam Choice coming in case Dye continues to struggle with that injury into next year. Back injuries can be re-aggravated pretty easily sometimes.

rsb8931#286014 writes:

With a back injury he may never play another down of football the rest of his life. On the other hand, he may be just fine. I crushed my L1 vertebre in a car accident back in the summer of 2006 and spent 2 months in the LDS hospital in Salt Lake City. I was ok 6 months later but now I am in a wheelchair. Go figure. Of course, I am not a young boy, either. And crushing a lower vertebre in yoiur back is somewhat different than a slip disc. They can be painful as heck, though, from what I have been told by others that have had their disc get whacked around. The back is a weird part of your body when it comes to hurting it and even weirder when fixing it. I feel sure the young man will recover and do just fine.

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