A former football star in college drowned in a state park in Georgia during a picnic with his family. On Friday afternoon, when he got into trouble and couldn’t make it back to the coast, Tyshon Dye, once running back for the Clemson football squad, was swimming in Richard B. Russell Skate Park with his two siblings. Tragically, his brothers watched the 25-year-old ex athlete go under water but couldn’t assist him, said Chuck Almond, sheriff of Elbert County.

Dye’s body was recovered later that afternoon, his death was ruled an accidental drowning, he said. Dye graduated form Clemson with a degree in parks, recreation and tourism management in May 2017. He was a part of the for the Clemson Tigers for two years and played a role in the 2016 national championship winning side.

‘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.’

The area where his body was recovered

Dye was an All-Region player at Elbert County High School, playing for three seasons at Clemson as a reserve running back where he sustained injuries that impaired his career. He transferred to East Carolina for his final season of eligibility.

Dye, who had a back injury red-shirt in 2013, rushed with the Tigers in his three seasons for 351 yards on 76 carriages and five touchdowns. He hurried for 217 yards on 50 carriages in the 2017 season at East Carolina. Dye had 1,561 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior at Elbert County, but as a senior, he was restricted by injury and played in just seven matches, totaling 817 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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