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Oregon Football’s Troy Dye reveals how Justin Herbert has changed in the NFL

Former Oregon Ducks linebacker and special teams stalwart Troy Dye has signed with the Los Angeles Chargers, reuniting him with former teammate and Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert. Dye joins Los Angeles after spending four seasons with the Minnesota Vikings.

During a recent interview, Dye was asked about his teammate and what changes Herbert has made since his college days.

“He’s definitely bigger,” Dye said. “He has gained a little weight. But I think he’s the same. He’s always been a balanced guy, a great leader. Not super vocal where he’s going to be, rah, rah, but if he has to say something, he says it. I think his words mean a lot; I think a lot of people around this building are putting even more weight on it.”

December 6, 2019;  Santa Clara, CA, USA;  Oregon Ducks linebacker Troy Dye (35) and quarterback Justin Herbert (10) are interviewed by ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath after the Pac-12 Conference championship game against the Utah Utes at Levi's Stadium.  Oregon defeated Utah 37-15.  Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

December 6, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks linebacker Troy Dye (35) and quarterback Justin Herbert (10) are interviewed by ESPN sideline reporter Molly McGrath after the Pac-12 Conference championship game against the Utah Utes at Levi’s Stadium. Oregon defeated Utah 37-15. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Dye was also impressed with the reputation Herbert has earned during his relatively short NFL career.

“When you come in as a newcomer you don’t have that much respect and you have to earn your stripes and he certainly earned his stripes through the battle and through his gameplay,” Dye said. “I think a lot of guys really respect everything he says and will go to war for him, and I’m one of those guys.”

When Dye signed his one-year contract with the Chargers, one of his first calls was to Herbert. According to Dye, when Herbert heard they would be teammates again, Herbert’s answer was a simple “yes.” These former Ducks appear ready to renew their relationship and help bring a championship to Los Angeles.

As a Duck, Dye played four years at the University of Oregon and helped the Ducks win the Pac-12 Championship and the Rose Bowl in his final season, earning first-team All-Pac-12 honors from the Associated Press . He was also the first player in Oregon history to lead the team in tackles each of his four years. Dye started 48 of his 50 career games with the Ducks and finished with the third-most tackles (397) in school history. Additionally, he had 15 sacks, five interceptions, 44 tackles for loss and three forced fumbles.

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