When a young player is looking to make it in the NFL one of the ways that they can make it is by playing well on special teams, and that is something that S/LB Paul Dye of the University of Toledo can do. Dye has been a special teams star since he arrived at Toledo from Muskegon, Michigan. When Dye came to Toledo he was asked to make the switch from running back, which he had played all four years in high school to the defensive side of the ball. As a running back he was an honorable mention all-state selection, first-team all-area, and in one game rushed for 309 yards as a senior. Since Dye was learning to play on defense he knew that a way he could get on the field was on special teams.
"I took special teams as a opportunity to produce as a freshman, I played a lot of special teams and worked hard because I knew if I worked hard and was productive there that I would have a chance to play defense," said Dye.
As a freshman he was a very productive player on special teams he blocked a punt and returned it 12 yards for a TD vs. Western Michigan and recovered another blocked punt in the end zone for a TD against Eastern Michigan.
"I just believed I would block punts, and I just worked hard and good things happened for me," Dye said.
Blocking punts wasn't just something that Dye did as a freshman he also blocked two punts as a sophomore, one as a junior, and one as a senior. So in Dye career he blocked 5 punts and recovered two punts for touchdowns.
"I know that my opportunity in the NFL is going to come on special teams and one of the best ways to make an NFL teams is to be a great player on special teams and I fell that is where I can help any NFL team that gives me a chance," said Dye.
Dye played the whip position at Toledo, which is a cross between a linebacker, and a defensive back put projects as a safety in the NFL. At Toledo pro timing day Dye ran a 4.5 40 yard dash as well as being 6-0 ½, 230 pounds and benched pressed 225 13 times. Many of the NFL teams that where in attendance where impressed with Dye, including the Detroit Lions, Indianapolis Colts, Houston Texans, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Cleveland Browns and the Carolina Panthers.
One of Dye's biggest strengths as a defensive back is his work ethic, leadership, ball hawking ability, and his ability to break on the ball.
"One of my biggest thing that I feel I will bring to a NFL team is a player that is going to be a hard worker, prepare well, be a leader on and off the field and the biggest thing that I will bring is my work ethic, no one is going to out work me," said Dye.
Football is not the only thing that Dye is talent at he is a record producer of both Rap and R & B music as well as getting his degree in finance and plans to go into banking in the future. But that is after he makes his mark as a special teams ace and on defense in the NFL.