When USC football picked up Travis Dye in the transfer portal, poaching him away from the Oregon Ducks, it was a statement move by the program. Dye led the Pac-12 in yards from scrimmage last season (1,673), and to be able to not only bolster SC's running back room, but also strip Oregon of their top back was huge.
Dye is a GREAT player. He's not good. He's great. In fact, he not only averaged six yards per carry last year, but he averages six yards per carry as his career-mark too. He's been more and more involved in the passing game every year of his career--going for 46 catches and 402 receiving yards last season.
Brad Crawford of 247Sports seems to get it. He ranked Dye 17th in his 'College football's 25 best running backs entering the 2022 season' article. That's a respectable ranking, and he heaped high praise for him in his explanation.
"Dye earned All-Pac-12 honorable mention recognition last season at Oregon after rushing for 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns on 211 carries, while adding 46 receptions for 402 yards and two more scores. He transferred to USC this spring, and gives Lincoln Riley a workhorse option in the backfield."- Brad Crawford, 247Sports
Crawford not only laid out USC RB Travis Dye's great stats from last year, but additionally gave him the "workhorse" nod.
And there truly is a strong chance that USC football will be using Travis Dye as a workhorse back. Remember, Riley tried to keep Keaontay Ingram back at SC under the promise that he'd be used as a workhorse. Now that Riley has another proven top back in the conference in Dye, he probably has similar dreams.
In fact, Dye has been even better than Ingram has so far in his college career. The sky is the limit for him. And with Riley having a strong history of using H-Backs and sending running backs out wide, Riley can use Dye as a workhorse and still be able to rotate Raleek Brown and Austin Jones in the game.
Dye is a perfect fit for this offense, and was listed as one of the three best backs in the conference by Crawford. SC fans should continue to be thankful for Dye throughout the rest of the offseason. They most certainly, though, will remember how thankful they are when they see Dye in action come Week 1.