Tyshon Dye, who played three seasons for the Clemson Tigers and was a member of their 2016 national championship team, drowned Friday, the university has confirmed.
According to multiple reports, the 25-year-old Dye was swimming Friday afternoon with family at Richard B. Russell State Park in Georgia near the South Carolina state line.
When Dye disappeared underwater, family called 911. Search crews recovered his body around 6 p.m.
“All of our hearts are just broken,” Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. I can honestly say Tyshon Dye is one of the sweetest souls I’ve ever been associated with or coached. We’re just all heartbroken tonight, and we’re praying for his family and know that he’s been called home.”
Dye played three seasons at running back for the Tigers, rushing for 351 yards and five touchdowns in 17 games from 2014-2016.
He was a member of the 2016 national championship team.
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After graduating with a degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management, Dye used his final year of eligibility to play for the East Carolina Pirates, where he gained 283 yards from scrimmage in 2017.