USC’s Travis Dye is shut down; Lincoln Riley said the season is likely over

USC’s Travis Dye is shut down; Lincoln Riley said the season is likely over

USC Head coach Lincoln Riley said he doesn’t expect to start the running back Travis Dye To play again this season after the senior suffered a lower leg injury in Friday night’s 55-17 win Colorado.

Dyke was carted off the field in the second quarter after his left leg twisted under him while being carried by Colorado defenders.

The die remained in the field, was placed in an air cast and finally lifted on a cart. The entire USC team crowded around Dye as he left the field.

“I told him I love him and we’re going to finish this for him,” quarterback Caleb Williams said he told Dyke as he walked off the field.

Riley said: “It’s tough. It’s shaken us all up a little bit. He’s such an emotional leader. It’s so bad. There’s no other way to do it.”

The Trojans had no further information on Dye’s injury after the game.

Dye had 26 yards on nine carries Friday night, giving him 884 rushing yards this season, second best in the Pac-12. He also averaged 6.1 yards per carry and had nine touchdowns.

Losing Die would be a big blow for the No. 8 Trojans (9-1, 7-1 Pac-12). After transferring from Oregon to USC this offseason, he has become a linchpin of not only the offense, but the entire team. A senior, he earned a spot as one of USC’s captains and became a strong voice on the team.

Dye’s consistency set the tone in Lincoln Riley’s offense, especially when the passing game sputtered. He has five games of 100 rushing yards or more this season.

If Dye is set to miss extended time, USC will have to turn to another transfer, Austin Jones from Stanford, as well as freshman Ralick Brown. Jones had 74 yards on 11 carries to lead the team Friday night, while Brown had 52 yards on seven carries.

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