Oregon seniors Justin Herbert and Troy Dye picked up what will likely be the first of a few preseason college football honors.
Herbert was placed Monday on the watch list for the Maxwell Award given to the nation’s top player while Dye joined the watch list for the Bednarik Award given to the nation's defensive player of the year.
Herbert, the Sheldon High graduate who likely turned down a first-round draft slot to return for his senior season, has thrown for 7,070 yards and 63 touchdowns in three seasons with the Ducks. He enters the year with the nation’s longest streak of 28 consecutive games with a touchdown pass.
Dye also turned down a shot at the NFL to return for his senior season. He is third nationally among active players with 313 tackles. He is the lone returning FBS player to lead his team in tackles during each of the past three seasons.
Dye is a two-time all-Pac-12 pick who needs 121 tackles to set the school career record.