Troy Dye
Troy Dye gets pumped up when Autzen played Shout (Photo: Jaime Valdez, USA TODAY Sports)

Former University Oregon Ducks star Troy Dye is expected to make his first NFL start this Sunday. 

With Minnesota Vikings starting slot linebacker Todd Davis testing positive for COVID-19, Dye, who has been out for four weeks due to a foot sprain, is expected to be activated and make his first start.

The Vikings selected dye in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, with the 132nd overall pick. 

Dye was a four-year starter for Oregon, after initialy being recruited as a safety.

As a freshman in 2016, Dye led the team in tackles with 92. He also had 6.5 sacks. In his sophomore year, Dye became more productive, totaling 107 tackles, four sacks, and an interception. He got even better in his junior year, leading the third straight year in tackles. This time he had 115, with two sacks and another interception. In his senior year, he returned because he believed there was some unfinished business that Oregon had to complete, and led the team to the Rose Bowl, where the Ducks beat Wisconsin 28-27. 

Dye recorded 391 Total Tackles at Oregon, ranked third all-time in the Pac-12, and was a three-time Second Team Pac-12 award winner (2017, 2018, 2019).

Earlier this season, Dye came in to replace Anthony Barr after he sustained his season-ending injury. However, he has yet to make his first NFL start, which will happen this Sunday.

For now, enjoy what could be the beginning of a long career for the former Oregon Duck and current Minnesota Viking.

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