James Dye Athlete Profile

#6 James Dye

James Dye
Position: Wide Receiver Height: 5-9 Weight: 150 Roster Years: 1995-1996 Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Last School: Utah State

Career Summary

James Dye attended both Utah State and Utah Valley State College before transferring to BYU. He ranked No. 1 nationally in punt returns with a 12.2-yard average and was the Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year his junior year. Dye was named the AT&T Long Distance Player of the Year for Punt Returns as a junior and then a co-winner of the same award his senior year. A 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against UTEP earned him the award the following season, tying WAC, school and Cougar Stadium records. He received first-team All-WAC honors both his junior and senior year. Dye was also a two-time winner of the Cougar Club Crowd-Pleaser Award as well as the team Special Teams MVP. 


  • Signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins in 1997


  • Born in Oakland, California
  • Parents are James Dye and Anne M. Dansby
  • Married Carolyn Simon
  • Majored in psychology

Before BYU

  • Graduated from Crenshaw High in Los Angeles and hleped the Cougars to the Pacific Conference title and LA City Championship
  • Lettered twice at Utah State
  • Named to the All-Big West Second Team as a kickoff return specialist in 1993
  • Led the Big West in punt returns and finished eighth nationally with a 12.2-yard average
  • Attended Utah Valley State College in 1994, which does not have a football program

1995 | Junior Year

No. 1 in NCAA punt returns at 21.9...AT&T Long Distance Player of the Year for Punt Returns, WAC Special Teams Player of the Year, First team All-Western Athletic Conference, Special Teams and WAC Player of the Week vs. SDSU and Wyoming...selected as team special teams player of the year...had an 84-yard TD punt return vs. SDSU and was named AT&T Long Distance Player of the Week...had 46-yard punt return at CSU...90-yard TD punt return vs. Wyoming for Cougar Stadium record and was named AT&T Long Distance Award Winner...39-yard kickoff return vs. Wyoming...75-yard punt return vs. Tulsa...started at cornerback at New Mexico in place of injured Dermmell Reed where he had six unassisted tackles and recovered a fumble.

1996 | Senior Year

Selected All-WAC by the coaches...repeat winner of Cougar Club Crowd-Pleaser Award...special teams MVP as selected by the BYU coaches...scored a TD vs. Texas A&M as a wide receiver...had a leg contusion vs. Arkansas State, Utah State and UTEP...coaches' special teams player of the game vs. Arkansas Sate...38-yard punt return vs. Washington...23-yard punt return vs. New Mexico...34-yard punt return and a 25-yard rush vs. SMU...79-yard punt return TD at Utah State and was selected as Western Athletic Conference Mountain Division special teams player of the week...had a 28-yard catch vs. UNLV...38-yard TD catch at Tulsa...had a 28-yard kickoff return at TCU...had a 100-yard kickoff return for a TD vs. UTEP to tie WAC, school and Cougar Stadium records...was selected as co-winner of the AT&T Long Distance Award for that kickoff return...had a 67-yard punt return for TD vs. Rice and was chosen WAC Special Teams player of the week & coaches' co-special teams player of the game...injured MCL at Hawai'i...caught a 32-yard pass against Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl...tied school record for most TDs on punt returns in a career, set by Golden Richards.