ELBERTON, GA. (THECOUNT) — Tyshon Dye, a former Clemson U and East Carolina running back, has been identified as the victim in a Friday drowning at a Georgia lake.

Dye, 25, drowned in a lake Friday while visiting Richard B. Russell State Park, in Elberton, Georgia.


Dye became “tired” in the water and could not make it to shore, said Elbert County Corner Chuck Almond.

Dye played at Elbert County Comprehensive High School before coming to Clemson. He was a reserve on the Tigers’ 2016 national championship team then transferred to East Carolina for his final college season.

Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said everyone with the Tigers was heartbroken over Dye’s death. Swinney called his former player one of the “sweetest souls” he’d ever known and was praying for Dye’s family, reports WNCT.

The coroner’s office ruled Dye’s death accidental.

Geo quick facts: Elberton is the largest city in Elbert County, Georgia, United States. The population was 4,653 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Elbert County – Wikipedia.