PASADENA-- There is no stopping Oregon senior linebacker Troy Dye from playing in his Duck finale against No. 8 Wisconsin (10-3) in the 106th Rose Bowl.
Yes, Oregon’s leading tackler’s knee is bothering him.
Yes, he wears a cast on his right hand for a broken thumb suffered against Washington.
Yes, he will suit up for his final 60 minutes in a Duck uniform.
My thumb is doing great. My knee was bothering me but that’s just because I’m an old man… It’s just knicks and dings…Nothing major or crazy that is going to stop me from playing in the ‘Granddaddy of Them All,’ that’s for sure. I mean, I played the whole season with a broken thumb and a big club on, so if you think anything is going to stop me, you are crazy. -Troy Dye
In his final Oregon practice in pads, Dye’s right knee was wrapped for the Ducks’ Rose Bowl practice in Los Angeles on Sunday. His right knee was not wrapped during Saturday’s practice.
For the 15 minutes media is allowed to watch practice, the AP First Team All-Pac-12 selection participated in drills, but did seem to be favoring the wrapped leg.
Yesterday was the last time I’ll have a full padded practice. It was kind of surreal to know that was the last time I put on that white practice jersey with pads underneath it. This whole year has been ‘Last Time Moments’ and I’ve enjoyed every one of them. At six o’clock on January 1, when it’s all said and done and I’m no longer a Duck, it’ll hit me a little bit harder. But once a Duck, always a Duck. –Troy Dye
The “Granddaddy of them All” will be Dye and the rest of the senior class’ finale as members of the Oregon Ducks. It's a chance to earn their most substantial win in green and yellow. A victory over the Big Ten opponent would give the Pac-12 Champion Ducks 12 wins this season and scratch out another bucket list item for Dye’s sensational senior season.
In 2019, Dye’s senior tour has featured 75 tackles with 9.5 for loss including 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups and two interceptions on one of Oregon’s strongest defenses in history.
As a freshman in 2016, Dye played on a team that finished 4-8 and left out of a bowl game. Now, Dye is leading a 11-2 team and only 12 tackles away from reaching 400 career tackles in front of his home crowd. Before he plays in the 2020 senior bowl, the Ducks are counting on his leadership as they prepare for their biggest challenge of the season.