Ducks Freshman Linebacker Troy Dye Gets Off to Fast Start
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Troy Dye has appeared in just one college game but already he's grabbing attention with his play — so much so that he was named Pac-12 defensive player of the week.
Even the freshman linebacker was kind of surprised by his opening line in Oregon's 53-28 season-opening victory over UC Davis: 11 tackles, including seven solo, 4.5 for loss and a sack. He also blocked a field goal attempt. His overall tackles led the team, and his tackles for loss led the nation.
It was the most for an Oregon freshman since Walter Thurmond III had 14 tackles in 2006.
Dye says he just went out and tried to play fast and physical like the Ducks' coaches told him to do and had fun.
He'll no doubt look to build on his debut on Saturday night when the 24th-ranked Ducks host Virginia. The Cavaliers, under new coach Bronco Mendenhall, fell to Richmond 37-20 in their opener.