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Top 50 2017 Pac-12 football players - 41-50: Troy Dye a defensive star for Oregon

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We start our countdown of the Pac-12’s 50 best players going into 2017

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41. Troy Dye So. LB Oregon

Dye was the lone bright spot on Oregon’s defense last year. The 6’4 225 athlete has the ability to do a little bit of everything and size to make plays in the backfield.

42. Toa Lobendahn Jr. C USC

Lobendahn is as talented and skilled as any lineman in the conference, but he just can’t stay healthy. He’s a first-team All-Pac-12-level player if he can get healthy.

43. Justin Reid Jr. S Stanford

A versatile safety who had four tackles for-loss in 2016, but also seven pass break-ups to go along with 57 tackles. Looks to be Stanford’s next great safety who racks up tackles and protects the back end.

44. Justin Herbert So. QB Oregon

Herbert looked like a young Marcus Mariota as a 6’6 220 freshman with wheels. It’s scary to think what he will do next year with a more-experienced offensive line and another off-season of polish.

45. Steven Montez So. QB Colorado

Montez was deadly when he stepped in for the injured Sefo Liufau. The play at quarterback never dropped off. He should give defenses headaches as the full time starter in 2017 with his dual-threat skills.

46. Demitris Robertson So. WR Cal

Stepped up huge when Chad Hansen went down. Quietly is one of the most-productive receivers returning in the conference and that’s not just because of the Bear Raid.

47. Tavares Martin Jr. Jr. WR Washington State

Ready to breakout now that Gabe Marks and River Cracraft are gone. Long and athletic, he has the explosive potential the Cougars haven’t had in a number one WR in a while.

48. Deontay Burnett Jr. WR USC

Poised to become the next star USC receiver. He was unstoppable in the Rose Bowl with 13 receptions for 164 yards and three scores.

49. Filipo Mokofisi Sr. DT Utah

Just another stud up front on the Utah Defense. He had nearly 50 tackles, eight tackles for-loss and five sacks in 2016 while earning honorable mention All-Pac-12 honors.

50. Kaleb McGary Jr. T Washington

Husky tackle Trey Adams is the star, but McGary is on the verge of being a major standout himself. The 6’7 310 right tackle has the length, range and nasty to turn into a first or second-team All-Pac-12 standout in 2017.

Others

Chad Hansen Jr. S Utah

Alijah Holder Sr. CB Stanford

D.J. Calhoun Sr. LB Arizona State

Peter Kalambayi Sr. LB Stanford

Kevin Palma Sr. LB Stanford

Joey Alfieri Sr. LB Stanford

Darren Carrington II Sr. WR Oregon

N’Keal Harry So. WR Arizona State

Gerrad Kough Sr. G Colorado

Cole Madison Sr. T Washington State