Troy Dye was aside Herbert as they hoisted the 2020 Rose Bowl trophy above their heads. The defensive powerhouse accumulated 397 total tackles, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles throughout his Oregon career.
He is the only Duck in Oregon program history to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive seasons (2016-2019) and earned 15 sacks by the end of his four years.
Dye was invited to the Senior Bowl before participating in the NFL Combine and entering the 2020 NFL Draft.
It took until the fourth round of the draft for the Minnesota Vikings to tip their hat in Dye’s direction. Going 132nd overall, he has since shown his defensive prowess on the professional field.
With 60 NFL games under his belt, the former Duck has earned 80 total tackles including 44 individual tackles for the Vikings.
Cornerback Deommodore Lenoir’s collegiate career was cut short when the COVID-19 pandemic hit in 2020. In his senior season, he started all seven games for the Ducks and collected 30 total tackles with the addition of an interception.
Lenoir’s six career interceptions for Oregon led to 83 yards, his longest interception return going for 45 yards. The Duck forced two fumbles, coming up with one of them in 2019, and had four tackles for loss.
He was named to the AP Pac-12 All-Conference second team in both his junior and senior years and was drafted in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers