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.
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.