2014 BYU Football Newcomers: Trey Dye


Trey Dye-Photo Credit: Philly.com

Leading up to Fall Camp at the end of the month, here at Lawless Republic we will be giving you a daily glimpse at the signees and return missionaries that will be part of the 2014 BYU Football team.

Trey Dye

Cooper High School; Abilene, TX

5’10” 175

Before BYU: Trey Dye played his junior and senior seasons as a Cooper High Cougar in Abilene, Texas and was named a 5A All-State honorable mention and an all 5A district performer in his senior year by the AP.  At Cooper, Dye was a WR/RB combo and, although he is only 5’10”, he was known to bounce off tacklers as a rusher and use shifty moves to make defenders miss once in the open field.  He averaged nearly 8 yards per carry and almost 20 yards per reception during his prep days, including a game in which Dye rushed for 282 yards and two touchdowns.

Trey was born while his father, former WR and return man James Dye, was a junior at BYU, so he has had BYU in his blood since birth.  He was a Cougar in high school as well, so Trey said it was natural to commit to BYU.  He was the second commit of BYU’s 2014 recruiting class, which caused other schools to focus their recruiting efforts elsewhere.  Though Dye’s commitment was firm, many Texas schools showed interest in him during his senior year.

Expectations in 2014:  Starter at slot receiver

With the hype of other WR’s that signed with BYU in 2014, including Devon Blackman, Jordan Leslie, and Nick Kurtz, Dye often gets overlooked, but I believe his impact at BYU could be as big or bigger than his new WR teammates.  When watching Trey’s highlights, I see a tougher and more athletic version of his predecessor in the slot, JD Falslev.  With Falslev’s graduation, it opens a spot for Dye to step in and have an immediate impact.  His experience as a running back and wide receiver will give offensive coordinator Robert Anae a lot of options in his “go fast, go hard” scheme.

Trey will also likely be a factor in the return game.  His ability to see the field, shed tacklers, and his 4.48 40 speed will hopefully bring us the return of “You punt, you Dye” that BYU fans enjoyed with Trey’s dad in the mid 90’s.

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Potential in BYU career: Four year starter and team captain

At this point, Trey is unsure of his mission plans and will play right away.  Mission or not, listening to Trey talk is like listening to a kid who has been playing college football for awhile.  He is very poised and thoughtful in his responses and you can tell he was raised correctly.  I think Dye will immediately take a big work load and will become a leader throughout his BYU career.

I believe Trey will follow in the footsteps of recent BYU receivers Nate Meikle, Matt Allen, Zac Collie, and Falslev and be a very dependable receiver who does everything he can to make the team better.  I also believe that throughout his career, he will be a difference maker in the return game as Meikle and Falslev were.

The more I research Trey, the more excited I get.  If you don’t know much about him, watch some more highlights on YouTube.  He will be one of the most underrated signings of the 2014 class and have a great career at BYU.