Sports Illustrated released a list of the top-100 college football players heading into the 2018 season, and Oregon linebacker Troy Dye made the list, coming in at No. 39.
Dye, a junior, is the heart and soul of Oregon’s defense, which figures to be much improved in Year 2 under Jim Leavitt. Dye was named second-team All-Pac-12 in 2017 and was the program’s defensive MVP.
Here is what Sports Illustrated wrote about Dye:
Dye, the third and final Duck defender to make this year’s top 100, was Oregon’s leading tackler in 2016 and ’17 and brings a 20-game start streak into his junior season. The 6-foot-4, 221-pounder showed off the open-field speed that makes him such a terror in pursuit on a 93-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the Las Vegas Bowl, and if the Ducks make noise in the Pac-12 North, he should be in line for serious conference defensive player of the year consideration.