ELBERT COUNTY, GA (FOX Carolina) - A former Clemson football player drowned Friday afternoon while swimming in a Georgia state park.
According to Elbert County coroner Chuck Almond, 25-year-old Tyshon Dye was swimming with family at Richard B. Russell State Park, which is near the state line with South Carolina. At some point, Almond says Dye went under and family called 911 at 4:50 p.m. They also tried to help him, but they couldn't get him out.
Search crews pulled Dye's body from the water before 6 p.m.
Almond confirmed that Dye was a former Clemson player. We've reached out to Clemson officials for more details.
"All of our hearts are just broken," head coach Dabo Swinney said. "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."
Clemson athletics officials confirmed Dye, a former running back, graduated in May 2017 with a degree in parks, recreation, and tourism management. He appeared in 17 games across the 2014-16 seasons after redshirting in 2013. Dye recorded 76 career carries for 351 yards with five rushing touchdowns and two career receptions for 11 yards.
He was on the team in 2016 that secured Clemson's second national championship, appearing in seven games that season and recording 53 offensive snaps, along with 109 yards on 21 carries. He scored a rushing touchdown in a 56-10 road win against Boston College that year.
After earning his degree, Dye transferred to East Carolina for his final year of eligibility, recording 217 rushing yards on 50 carries and six receptions for 56 yards for the Pirates in 2017.
Dye graduated from Elbert County Comprehensive High School. He earned region offensive player of the year honors as a senior there.
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