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Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tony Dye is '50-50' for Oregon State game

By Peter Yoon

Free safety Tony Dye, the team's second leading tackler this season, sat out of practice for the third consecutive day and will be a game-time decision to play Saturday against Oregon State because of "a nerve issue" coach Rick Neuheisel said.

"He’s probably a 50-50 right now," Neuheisel said. "He’s trying to calm down from those stingers. ... I’ve been told it can calm down at any time so we’re going to keep our fingers crossed that he’ll be ready to go. It’s a nerve issue and those things have to subside."

Dye, a senior and captain, has started 28 consecutive games. He led the team last season with 96 tackles and his 8.0 average was fourth in the Pac-10. He has 19 tackles so far this season.

If he can't play, redshirt freshman Tevin McDonald would likely start in his place. Alex Mascarenas is another option, but he's been playing nickel back while Andrew Abbott recovers from a concussion.

"I know he wants to play, he’s on the trip and we’ll make a game time decision," Neuheisel said. "I hope like heck he can because he’s been a heck of a player for us."