Joe Moorhead told Travis Dye the training wheels will come off in 2021

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

In the first season of Joe Moorhead's offensive system in Eugene, few players benefitted more than running back Travis Dye.

The junior separated himself as the team's top passing down back amassing nine receptions for 239 yards and two touchdowns through the air in just seven games. 

Now in his second season in Moorhead's system, the Ducks offensive coordinator had a message for Dye.

"He used the phrase 'It's time to take the training wheels off this year,'" recalled the running back during Tuesday's media session.

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With a full spring season as well as a normal offseason, Moorhead will get to install his full offense as well as expand on some concepts implemented during the shortened 2020 season.

"I'm very excited. I cannot wait," added Dye. "He's utilized me really well, the way I want to be utilized."

When asked how Moorhead makes him satisfied in his role, Dye talked about how under Marcus Arroyo, he just played where he fit in. 

"Then Joe Moorhead came in and he put me in a spot and a position where I can make plays [with] the ball, get the ball and go into open space where I live," said Dye.

"It's just been a really fun time with Coach Moorhead and the things that he's done."


To make things more exciting, Dye will be joined again by CJ Verdell in the backfield, who forwent the 2021 NFL Draft to return to Eugene.

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The two former roommates and close friends want to show that they're among the nation's best.

"I think we are the best one-two punch in the Pac, if not the nation," said Dye. 

With Moorhead's play design and an offensive line Dye raved about Tuesday, both backs are primed for monster seasons.

"It's going to be a really fun season," concluded Dye.