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Oregon Football

Dye Added to Bednarik Watch List

July 15, 2019

Via Oregon Communications

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Oregon senior linebacker Troy Dye has earned a spot on the Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List for the second consecutive year, announced by the Maxwell Football Club on Monday.


The Bednarik Award has been presented to the College Defensive Player of the Year since 1995.


Dye returned for his senior season after leading Oregon in tackles for the third consecutive year in 2018. He became the first Oregon player with 100 tackles in back-to-back seasons since Michael Clay (2011-12) and the 15th player in program history to reach 300 career tackles. Dye will be one of just two FBS players, and the only Power 5 player, returning in 2019 to lead his team in tackles each of the last three seasons (91 in 2016, 107 in 2017 and 115 in 2018).


A two-time Pac-12 All-Conference choice, Dye will lead Oregon into its season opener against Auburn on Aug. 31 at AT&T Stadium on ABC’s Saturday Night Football. In three career season openers, Dye has totaled 29 tackles, including 6.5 for loss, two sacks and two interceptions.


Career Notables 
» Enters senior season third among current FBS players with 313 tackles.
» Needs 121 tackles to become Oregon’s all-time career leader.
» Has led the team in tackles 19 of 37 career games.
» Ranks second in program history with double-digit tackles in 17 games.
» One of three FBS players with at least 100 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, four sacks, one interception, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery in 2017.


Preseason Honors 
» Chuck Bednarik Award Watch List
» Lott IMPACT Trophy Watch List 
» Athlon Sports All-America second team
» Phil Steele All-America second team 
» Athlon Sports Pac-12 first team
» Phil Steele Pac-12 first team 
» No. 85 on Sports Illustrated Top 100 Players 

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