Oregon running back Travis Dye enters the transfer portal, per reports
Travis Dye has entered the transfer portal.
Matt Prehm, 247Sports’ Oregon writer, broke the news Friday morning. It has also been reported by several other outlets. Dye was looking at potentially jumping to the NFL after four years in Eugene. The expectation was that he’d either forego his final year of eligibility and keep his name in the NFL Draft player pool or return to Oregon. Now, it seems he’ll look to play elsewhere.
BREAKING: Oregon starting RB and the Pac-12's leader in all-purpose yards Travis Dye has entered his name in the Transfer Portal.
— Matt Prehm (@MattPrehm) January 14, 2022
Dye was the Pac-12’s leader in scrimmage yards for 2021 with 1,673 total yards. He ran for 1,271 yards—the second-most in the league—and added another 402 receiving yards. His 16 rushing touchdowns were also the second-most among Pac-12 backs.
Through four years with the Ducks—all as either the No. 1 or No. 2 back on the depth chart—Dye totaled 3,111 rushing yards, 869 receiving yards, and 29 total touchdowns. He carries a career 6.0 yards per carry average.
Oregon head coach Dan Lanning was asked Thursday about Dye’s decision, as well as the status of CJ Verdell (also considering the NFL), Sean Dollars, and Trey Benson. He was pretty vague in his response.
“Some of these guys are still going through the process of making some of those decisions,” he told reporters. “And I don’t want to necessarily put a timeline on each person’s situation because each situation is different. I’ll say this, I’m excited about the group of backs we have. We’ll continue to be aggressive in finding guys that can enhance our program to make us better. But I think that a lot of those guys will be a part of what we’re doing moving forward.”
According to The Oregonian, Dye could still return to Oregon despite putting his name in the portal. Dollars entered the portal this week but pulled his name out shortly after talking with Lanning. Dye has until Feb. 4 to opt out of the draft.