Tyshon Dye likely headed for redshirt year, Mackensie Alexander 'cut loose' to play

Former Elbert County star playing wait-and-see with back injury

Football - Tyshon Dye

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Football - Tyshon Dye

Clemson freshman running back Tyshon Dye is apparently headed for a redshirt year as he plays wait-and-see with a back ailment that sidelined him for most of preseason camp.

Dabo Swinney said Tuesday that the former Elbert County star has undergone an epidural procedure, in hopes of avoiding surgery.

"The doctor says we'll wait another four weeks to make another evaluation," Swinney said. "So realistically, unless we have a disaster, that means we'll probably hold him."

Meanwhile, Swinney expects freshman cornerback Mackensie Alexander, junior tight end Sam Cooper and freshman tight end Jordan Leggett to play Saturday against South Carolina State. Redshirt freshman quarterback Chad Kelly will again be available, either if needed or if the opportunity to play him presents itself.

"We cut Mackensie loose yesterday, so if he does well this week, he'll play Saturday and then we'll go from there," Swinney said.

Swinney said he was pleased with the play of cornerbacks Garry Peters and Bashaud Breeland against Georgia. "Both those guys competed their tails off," he said.

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rsb8931#286014 writes:

Does the kid not want to be redshirted? I wouldn't want to waste a year of eligibility unless I knew I was gonna play an awful lot. He can sit out a year and come back next year and might get the starting job. We would have him for 4 years. Since he knows nothing will happen for at leat 4 weeks don't waste a season playing him. He sure is a nice looking kid, isn't he?

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