True Freshman Troy Dye has a big day first game out.

EUGENE, ORE. -- The No. 24 Oregon Ducks beat FCS opponent UC Davis 53-28 in their home opener on Saturday September 3rd  and true freshman Troy Dye lead the Oregon defense with 11 total tackles in his Ducks debut.

When Oregon needed a stop Troy Dye was always in the area to make the stop or help the Ducks get off the field.

Heach coach Mark Helfrich  spoke highly of Dye.

“Troy Dye, that’s how he is everyday at practice,” Helfrich said of Dye. “He’s a football player.”

Along with his 11 tackles, Dye had one sack among 4.5 tackles for a loss and one blocked field goal on special teams,

“The atmosphere was great and I just read what I read, Dye said about his play making ability. 

Dye is the first true freshman to start as an Oregon linebacker in many seasons. In fact it would be difficult to remember who the last true freshman starter was.

Dye who is 6-4 played safety in high school for Norco in Norco, Calif.,  but converted to linebacker and was coached by his older brother Tony Dye who is a former UCLA and Cincinnati Bengals safety.

Next weekend, September 10th, will be an even better and tougher matchup for Dye as the Ducks host the Virginia Cavaliers.

Garrett Hill contributed to this story.

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