Scouting Report: Troy Dye, OLB, Oregon

Norco, CA | 6026 | 225 | 4.70E | 2020

This prospect has yet to clearly identify with a position at the next level, as he is making the transition from outside linebacker to inside linebacker. He has continued to work on bulking up to help be more stout against the run game and setting the edge but at his size, he could be viewed as a safety/rover at the next level if he doesn’t continue to add more weight. Plays well in space and can bounce out to cover receivers. Has a great range of motion and is a smart player who is relied upon to make calls on the field under new head coach Willie Taggert and defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt. He played under Mark Helfrich and Brady Hoke during his freshman season, collecting 91 tackles, including 12 tackles for a loss and five and a half sacks in ten games. Became the mouthpiece for the Ducks early on in his career as a freshman and was often the one sent out to meet with media after tough losses and made no secrets about the need for holding the team accountable—highly competitive. Younger brother, Travis, a running back, is also committed to attend Oregon beginning in 2018.

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2016: Oregon’s first true freshman defender on record to be voted a share of the school’s Most Outstanding Player award, he was named to the prestigious Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) freshman All-America team after leading the country in tackles among collegiate newcomers . . . The Pac-12 Conference’s honorable mention all-conference recipient also was honored as a freshman All-American by USA Today and a true freshman All-America by ESPN . . . Selected Pac-12 Player of the Week following his collegiate debut against UC Davis, the first true freshman to start at linebacker in over 38 years became the first freshman to record double-digit tackles in his first appearance since Peter Sirmon posted 17 tackles in his 1996 opener . . . Dye finished his opener with a game-high of 11 tackles, including 4.5 tackles for loss and a QB sack . . . Led the Ducks in tackles (91), tackles for loss (13.0) and sacks (6.5) in addition to blocking one kick . . . Recording double-digit tackles in five games, including a career-high 14 stops at California while taking part in 102 snaps, he added 13 takeaways at USC as well as 10 vs. Colorado and Arizona State . . . Also picked off his lone interception against the Buffaloes . . . Paced all conference freshmen in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks . . . Finished second overall in the league in tackles (8.3 per game) while ranking third in tackles for loss and seventh in sacks.

High School/Personal: Named PrepStar All-West Region as a senior at Norco High School in Norco, Calif. … Ranked 29th among the list of the nation’s top safeties by Rivals.com after making a team-high 105 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and four interceptions in 11 games during senior season … Returned one pick for a touchdown First-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports, first-team All-CIF and co-defensive player of the year in the Big VIII League … Had 16 tackles against Citrus Hill and top-ranked Centennial (14 unassisted) … Also scored two TDs while finishing with 11 receptions for 212 yards (19.3-yard avg.) in 2015 … As a junior, finished with 106 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception … Had a career-high 18 tackles vs. Mission Viejo … Graduated from high school early in order to enroll at Oregon.

Rick Serritella

Established in 2002, NFL Draft Bible Founder Ric Serritella began his independent scouting service as a publication used by all 32 NFL teams. Eventually, it would evolve into an online scouting resource that reaches millions of people each month. An early adaptor to technology, the NFL Draft Bible produced the first ever livestream video show and live podcast on location from the NFL Draft. The NFL Draft Bible network extends to professional football leagues all over the world and includes general managers, executives, scouts, coaches, agents, trainers, advisors, along with other media outlets and draftniks. In addition to owning the NFL Draft Bible, Serritella has also served as executive producer of the T.Ocho Show (2010) on NBC Sports, producer for The Mike & The Mad Dog Show (2002) on YES Network, producer for NFL Now with Mike Francesa, one of the only nationally syndicated NFL shows at that time (2003), producer on ESPN Hollywoood (2005) and helped start up the Wall Street Journal YouTube channel (2007). He has interviewed the likes of Donald Trump, Roger Goodell, Archie Manning, Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Danica Patrick, Venus Williams, Howard Stern, Don King, Jay-Z, Madonna, Bon Jovi and hundreds of other celebrities/athletes. Other involvements include helping build the fiber-optic system for MLB Network during his time as manager at HTN Communications, writing for USA TODAY, working for CBS and AEG Live. Since 2015, he has served as the Director of Media for the Parabolic Performance NFL Draft Prep program. In 2017, Serritella served as the Director of Player Personnel for the College Gridiron Showcase & Symposium. A graduate of Johnson & Wales University (JWU) in Providence, RI, Serritella earned a B.A. in Sports Entertainment & Event Management and was honored with the Inaugural Sports Entertainment & Event Management Success Board Achievement Award by the school in 2009. While attending JWU, he interned for the New England Patriots and ESPN X-Games. A proud member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Serritella currently resides in his home state of New Jersey.

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