Tyshon Dye's Achilles tendon injury won't have much of an impact on Clemson's spring practice, which begins next Wednesday - the redshirt freshman running back had already been ruled out of contact drills for the spring.
It will have major implications in the fall, however, as the Tigers rebuild their backfield after the loss of Andre Ellington and Rod McDowell the past two years.
Dye's recovery timetable should have him available at some point next season, though being full speed for preseason camp and the August 30 opener against Georgia is probably overly optimistic.
Dye, who was ranked as the nation's No. 12 running back in 2013 by ESPN, has dealt with a string of injuries over the past two years - first a broken ankle that curtailed his senior season at Elbert County (Ga.) High, then a back injury that forced him to redshirt last fall.
He was expected to be in the thick of the Tigers' backfield competition, which includes rising senior D.J. Howard, rising juniors Zac Brooks and C.J. Davidson, redshirt freshman Wayne Gallman, and first-semester freshman Kurt Fleming, who comes to the Tigers after playing baseball for three years in the Atlanta Braves organization.
Brooks, whose sophomore season ended prematurely with a shoulder injury, looks to be the man to beat as spring practice begins. He rushed for 246 yards in 10 games, while Howard - who has dealt with a string of injuries throughout his career - rushed for 213 yards. Davidson, a converted track athlete, showed promising flashes, as well.
Gallman is considered to be a tough, inside runner. In high school, in addition to playing on offense, he was a star linebacker on Grayson High's (Loganville, Ga.) nationally ranked team.
In addition to Dye, players joining the backfield mix next summer will include 2014 signees Adam Choice, Jae'lon Oglesby and C.J. Fuller.