By Nick Filipowski, Weekend Sports Anchor - bio | email
Tyler Starr records one his seven sacks against Missouri State.
VERMILLION, S.D. (KTIV) -
In his sophomore season, South Dakota linebacker Tyler Starr manhandled opposing offenses, recording 19 tackles for loss and 14 sacks. An injury plagued junior year cut those numbers by more than half.
"When you're out there and to be out there when you know you're not 100 percent, it gets to you mentally," Starr said. "You don't want it to. You want to be able to make the plays I did my sophomore year. I could really tell a difference from my sophomore year to my junior year and it was really messing with me for a while."
Rehabbing throughout the offseason, Starr has returned to his dominant-disruptive self in his final season with the Coyotes. Through seven games, he's recorded more than 11 tackles for loss and gotten to the quarterback seven times.
"I want to be able to contribute to this team as much as I can and I know as a veteran on this team that they expect me to make plays," he added
With Starr at full strength, the Coyotes are 6th in the FCS ranks in total defense.
"It makes everybody's job a little bit easier when you count on them not getting around his end," Head Coach Joe Glenn said. "And then, if there's a pass play, you have to know he's breathing down your neck if you're a quarterback."
"It's my senior year," Starr said. "It's my last shot. I'm just going to go give it all, everything I've got, every snap."
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