When the first spring scrimmage concluded for the Miami Hurricanes back on March 23rd, head coach Al Golden found himself fielding media questions about the Achilles injury that DE Dyron Dye had suffered earlier in the session. At the time, Golden wouldn’t shed much light on what had happened, aside from just calling the injury ‘significant’. Tuesday, we may have learned just how significant the injury was.
The University of Miami confirmed Tuesday that the senior defensive lineman had undergone successful Achilles tendon surgery.
Dye began his career in Coral Gables as a defensive lineman in 2010. In 2011, the coaching staff moved him to tight end, where he would stay for the next two seasons. Last season, Dye hauled in just four passes for 48 yards as mainly a jumbo-formation, blocking tight end.
There was no confirmation given by the university as to whether or not Dye would in fact see action on the field in 2013. The most information that was given was that Dye’s status is listed as out ‘indefinitely’. A question that was also not answered was whether or not the Achilles had ruptured. Should that be the case, then the prognosis for the senior seeing playing time this season drastically takes a hit.
Listed as the No.2 defensive end on the depth chart, losing Dye would be a heavy blow to a Miami defensive line that needs to improve significantly. The ‘Canes ranked an abysmal 104th in the nation last season against the run.
Miami returns three starters from last year’s defensive line. The coaching staff had hoped that the addition of an experienced player like Dye would help the improvement process. Now, those hopes seem to be in serious jeopardy.