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Tyler McDermott
72  Tyler McDermott
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Lake Worth Fla.

High School:
Palm Beach Central

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 293

Position:
OL

Birthdate:
05/26/1989

Experience:
2L

2011 (Senior): A key reserve with starting experience, played in 10 games, with two starts...Saw occasional action at center in season-opening win at New Mexico (Sept. 3)...Entered in the second quarter of home-opening win over Northern Colorado (Sept. 10), and played most of the balance of the game at center, helping the Rams rush for 242 yards...In exhilarating win at Utah State (Sept. 24), entered to snap the ball on a third-down conversion during a second-quarter FG drive...Also played briefly in 38-31 loss to San Jose State (Oct. 1), snapping on a third-down conversion that kept alive a CSU touchdown march...In loss at UTEP (Oct. 22), saw occasional snaps over the first three quarters, then played much of the final period at center, with Richburg moving to tackle...Also played center on multiple drives in loss at UNLV (Oct. 29), helping the Rams rush for 250 yards...Played the last 12 minutes of the game in windy, 18-15 loss vs. San Diego State, replacing an injured Richburg (hand); snapped on the game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter...In loss at No. 19 TCU (Nov. 19), made his first start since Sept. 18, 2010, replacing Richburg, who broke his snapping hand the week prior...In loss vs. Air Force (Nov. 26), made two blocks, one on the nose guard and another on a LB, to help spring Chris Nwoke on a 62-yard TD run in the third quarter, assisting the RB to a Hughes Stadium record 269 rushing yards, third most in CSU history and third most by an individual at the FBS level in 2011...Helped Nwoke become first player in Rams history with multiple 200-yard rushing games in the same season...Did not play in season finale vs. Wyoming (Dec. 3), with a concussion. Career Division I games played/started: 24/5 (10/2 in 2011; 11/3 in 2010; 3/0 in 2008).

2010 (Junior): CSU's starting center entering the year, played in 11 games (three starts)...In fall camp, edged several competitors vying to replace all-conference performer and NFL signee Tim Walter, the player in whose shadow he learned during every meeting and practice for three years...Was impressive according to coaches in his first career start, the season-opener against Colorado (Sept. 4) at Invesco Field, picking up several blitzes he had not seen on tape; after starting 38 straight in high school, made his first start in four years and played his first game in two years...Sat out the second half at Miami-Ohio (Sept. 18), a coach's decision...Despite not starting the following week, a dramatic, 36-34 win vs. Idaho (Sept. 25), still played the final three quarters; came off the bench to play center beginning with the first series of the second quarter, and helped lead the Rams on all seven scoring drives (the Rams had shuffled their line after a Mark Starr injury); made a key lead block on T.J. Borcky's TD reception in the fourth quarter...Saw second-half action at center vs. No. 5 TCU (Oct. 2) and at No. 25 Air Force (Oct. 9)...In 43-10 win vs. UNLV (Oct. 16), played several series at center, first entering the game in the second quarter...Both at No. 9 Utah (Oct. 23) and vs. New Mexico (Oct. 30), took the last series at center...Also played last series in loss vs. BYU (Nov. 13), helping the Rams to their only touchdown.

2009 (Sophomore): Did not play; spent season as a varsity reserve.

2008 (Freshman): Played in one game, lining up at center late in Game 4 at Cal (Sept. 27), his college debut.

2007: Redshirted as a true freshman in his first season of college eligibility.

High School: At Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington, Fla., was one of the top offensive linemen in Florida...Made 38 consecutive starts -- each of the Broncos' games during his four-year prep career...Graded out at 88 percent for his career in blocking efficiency...Named to the all-league team as a junior and senior by the Palm Beach Post...Earned all-state accolades as a senior...Selected to play in senior all-star game...had the distinction of never having a fumbled a snap exchange with the quarterback during his four-year career... Voted MVP by teammates following his senior campaign, and earned the `Iron Bronco' award for his durability, having never missed a practice...Also recruited by South Florida, Southern Miss and Vanderbilt... Second-team all-state as a junior... Named the conference offensive player of the year as a senior...Was team captain as a junior and senior...Additionally lettered four years in weightlifting and once in track (shot put); also played basketball.

Personal: Given name Tyler Jackson McDermott...Born May 26, 1989, in Hollywood, Fla. ...Son of Randy and Johnnie McDermott...Has two younger brothers...Both parents graduated from Ohio University and competed for the Bobcats, his father in baseball and his mother in basketball...Younger brother, Shane, is a center at Miami (Fla.), while his 15-year-old brother, an offensive tackle, already is 6-6, 270...In February before 2011 spring practice, spent a day at the Open Door Mission in Fort Collins, serving meals to the homeless...On two occasions, in February 2010 and July 2011, spent a day with developmentally disabled kids at Respite Care of Fort Collins...For a month during the summer of 2010, interacted with low-income Linton Elementary students at a local clubhouse, in conjunction with the Larimer County Food Bank, Fort Collins Recreation and Vineyard church...Majoring in health and exercise science...Hometown: Lake Worth, Fla.

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