Spring football report: Tony Dye has MRI

Safety Tony Dye sat out of practice for the second consecutive day and acknowledged that his knee injury is a bit more serious than initially thought.

He had an MRI exam Tuesday but won't have the results until Wednesday.

"We couldn’t tell what was wrong with it, but they said it shouldn’t be anything super serious," Dye said. "It shouldn’t be ACL or anything like that. We’ll find out tomorrow. Today they decided to brace me just in case."

Dye, the team's leading tackler last season, was named to the watch list for the Lott Impact Trophy, given annually to the nation's top defensive player. He was injured during Saturday's scrimmage when trying to make a tackle.

"It was a hyperextension with a hit," Dye said.

He said he felt as if he could play in the spring scrimmage April 23, but acknowledged that was only because he's "stubborn" and would let the MRI results dictate the rest of his spring availability.

"If there is such a thing as an OK injury, it’s to a guy that isn’t significant and he’s a proven player because it gives lots of reps to younger players," coach Rick Neuheisel said. "He’s a leader on this team regardless and he’s going to be an All-American caliber safety."

Tidbits from practice:

  • The team held a situational scrimmage session at the end of practice, with the offense lining up backed up to its own goal line. Snap-count issues plagued the session with both the offense and defense regularly jumping offsides. "Great intensity, but far too many mistakes," Neuheisel said. "We’ve got to clean all that up."

  • Defensive lineman Cassius Marsh, who stormed out of practice after a scuffle last week, again found himself in the middle of some extra-curricular activities when things boiled over with an offensive lineman. "Kids being kids," Neuheisel said. "It’s a physical game. There’s going to be some stuff, we’ve just got to make sure that it doesn’t spiral out of control and become something that would cause the officials to have somebody removed from the game. But intensity is part of it."

  • Tight end John Young also missed his second consecutive practice after a subluxation in his shoulder. Neuheisel said Young, who sat out last season after surgery on the same shoulder, would undergo an MRI.

  • Dye said he was honored to be named one of the 42 Lott Trophy nominees. "It’s weird to think about the fact that I’m even considered for that," he said. "I don’t sense any more added pressure because it’s always been about the team for me. Individual awards will come with wins."

  • Colorado coach Jon Embree was a special guest at practice, but the new coach of UCLA's new Pac-12 rival wasn't there to steal secrets from the Bruins. Embree's son, Taylor, is one of UCLA's top receivers. "He doesn’t get to see me play that often so I was pretty excited," Taylor Embree said. Jon Embree was an assistant coach for UCLA under Karl Dorrell from 2003 to '05.