Slimmer, healthy Tyshon Dye ready to make a name for himself


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Dye, now wearing No. 22, has dropped 20 pounds since the end of last season

CLEMSON – When Tyshon DyeTyshon Dye
RS So. Running Back
#22 5-11, 215
Elberton, GA

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returned to action last November, many Clemson fans wanted to see the Elberton, Ga., native carry more of the load as the Tigers dealt with injuries at the running back position. Dye admitted Monday, however, that he wasn’t physically ready to carry too much of that load.

Dye redshirted in 2013 after he suffered a back injury that forced him out of action, and his start to the 2014 season was delayed by a torn Achilles tendon. He returned to action against Wake Forest last November and had 14 yards on five carries as the coaches tried to ease him into action.

He wound up with 151 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries as he played in four games, but told the media following Wednesday’s practice that he came off his rehab weighing too much to really be effective.

“I was at 235 when I came back last year. I am 215 now, and I want to be at 210,” Dye said. “I'm not as slow as I was when I first came back. I feel like I've got a little bit more endurance so I can last a little longer than what I did before. I don't get winded as fast. I can be faster.”

Not being able to practice caused the increase in weight, but Dye said the coaches were patient with his progress.

“I wasn't able to move around, so I wasn't that active. All I could do were abs and stuff,” Dye said. “Nobody really ever said anything. Coach E (Tony ElliottTony Elliott
Assistant Coach / Running Backs
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) feels that wherever I feel the most comfortable, that's where he wants me to be. He's never said anything about my weight. I've always been a power-type running back. I was never really shifty. None of that was ever going to change. I was ready mentally, but physically I wasn't quite ready. I'm glad I got that opportunity because I needed it. I felt like I wanted to work hard to make a name for myself.”

Clemson head coach Dabo SwinneyDabo Swinney
Head Coach
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said that Dye – who showed glimpses of the back he can be – just needed an entire spring practice to get back into football shape. Dye agrees.

“I believe him, because I feel like I've gotten a whole lot better since when I first came back,” he said. “I've lost a lot of weight. By this summer I'll be where I want to be. I want to get my speed back. That's the main thing I want to do. I'm probably at about 80-percent.”

Sitting out gave Dye the opportunity he needed to analyze his game, and he came into the spring knowing what he needed to work on.

“It gave me a better mindset about things. It let me know what I needed to work on. Just getting faster and quicker,” Dye said. “Just doing a lot of bag drills and a lot of change of direction, running 100s that are timed. Trying to get down the field as fast as I can. When it first happened, I got down a little bit, but I knew that I had the chance to see better days. I just tried to stay positive and not be too down about it and try to get better from it and learn from it.

"I wanted to eat healthier and stretch more and all of that type of stuff. I just tried to put in the extra time. I was going over plays with my mom and my brothers to help me retain what I had learned. In my case, I felt like I didn't have time for a break. I felt like I needed the time to get a little better, so I worked out and went over the plays.”

Dye was asked if he had certain goals he wanted to achieve this season – whether it was a number of carries or yards – and he responded that he has just one goal in mind: to start.

“My goal is that I want to be first team,” he said. “Why would I not want to be? It's all up to the coaches and I'm just going to play my role until my time comes.”

Dye has switched numbers – he wore No. 23 last season but has switched to the No. 22 he wore in high school – and Swinney said Dye has looked like a different player in more ways than one.

"He just looked very different than he looked in the fall,” Swinney said. “It is just a combination of him just continuing to gain that confidence and just the off-season with the work ethic in the weight room, going through our off-season program. He's just really got back healthy and he really looks it. He looks great. His body looks great. I'm real pleased with Tyshon. He's moving and making cut and things that he wasn't quite able to do with the speed he is doing it at right now. And he is more confident in what we are doing."


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Why is he targeting 210?
NortherTiger
Re: Why is he targeting 210?
92TigerJohn
We could let you try to tackle him at 210 and see how
jch81
Re: We could let you try to tackle him at 210 and see how
SeantheObscure
Re: We could let you try to tackle him at 210 and see how
SeantheObscure
Re: Why is he targeting 210?
Anonymous08®
The coaches want him at whatever weight feels comfortable
TigerHawk76®
He's probably targeting a certain body fat %
PenthouseTiger
Re: Why is he targeting 210?
Tigerman1978
220 To 226 lbs Would Be A Good Weight For Dye
Xander5000
Re: 220 To 226 lbs Would Be A Good Weight For Dye
babaganoush
In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
truetiger1998
Re: In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
quozzel
seems more than a bit of an injustice to any similar
deadsolidperfect
Re: seems more than a bit of an injustice to any similar
OrangeFan95
Re: seems more than a bit of an injustice to any similar
SeantheObscure
Tre Mason, featured RB in Auburn's "smashmouth spread"
JD404®
Re: In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
Colavito®
Re: In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
OwRhAiNtGeE
Re: In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
Lurking Tiger803®
Re: In our offense speed is more important, Ellington excelled
FEEL
Re: 220 To 226 lbs Would Be A Good Weight For Dye
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Re: 220 To 226 lbs Would Be A Good Weight For Dye
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Re: Nobody Is B1tching ----
Xander5000
Re: New Story: Slimmer, healthy Tyshon Dye ready to make a name for himself
Tigerluvr
Re: New Story: Slimmer, healthy Tyshon Dye ready to make a name for himself
SeantheObscure
Amazing how many TNet experts know what Dye should weigh.
Judge Keller
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I bleed orange
Clicked on this story expecting to see a bunch of ppl
TigersAndCubs
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Orange Lightning
Re: New Story: Slimmer, healthy Tyshon Dye ready to make a name for himself
Corderiette®
I think you have to account for the back and achilles
TigersAndCubs
he & the staff know his best playing weight... there's
deadsolidperfect
Dan Brooks talks about his own weight issues?
Judge Keller
he's the best for a reason; i imagine the open honesty
deadsolidperfect

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