Missed the spring while recovering from knee injury sustained last season ... Should be ready to go by the start of the preseason drills ... Will have to hustle to pick up the new defensive system ... Returned to the team during the summer of 2012 after a year away from school ... Also has played on special teams ... Came to UK as a tailback, then moved to the defensive backfield in the spring of 2010 ... Has excellent speed ... Has played in 16 games, including one start.
2012 (Junior): Played in the first five games before incurring a season-ending knee injury ... Made 12 tackles, including a career-high six vs. Florida ... Three tackles and a pass breakup in the win over Kent State.
2011 (Sophomore): Not enrolled in school.
2010 (Redshirt Freshman): Played in the last 11 games of the season after missing the first two because of an ankle sprain ... Finished the season with 13 tackles, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup and one fumble forced ... Had a good game against Tennessee, as he recorded one tackle and also made his first career tackle for loss and forced a fumble ... Recorded three tackles against Vanderbilt ... First career start vs. Mississippi State, where he gathered a season-high three stops.
2009 (Freshman): Redshirted at tailback ... Named Offensive Scout Team Player of the Week once during the season. High School: Multi-talented athlete has the ability to play either side of the ball in college ... Started at strong safety for a state finalist as a junior, then played quarterback as a senior ... Ran for 1,314 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, averaging an amazing 10.1 yards per carry ... Ran for 11 touchdowns of 50 or more yards and had at least six TDs of 60-plus yards called back by penalty ... Also passed for 769 yards and eight TDs ... Senior honors featured all-conference, all-county and All-Metro Indianapolis by the Indianapolis Star ... Pike posted a 14-1 record his junior year, with the only loss coming in the state finals of Class AAAAA ... Made 81 tackles that season, including three tackles for loss, with eight pass breakups ... Added 251 rushing yards and two TDs, averaging 8.1 yards per carry ... Speedster who was timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash, the best time at a Scout.com prospect camp ... Also has a 36-inch vertical jump and has a squat lift over 500 pounds, according to Pike High School Coach Derek Moyers ... Was a freshman teammate of former Wildcat Morgan Newton, who eventually transferred to Carmel HS ... Honor-roll student who participated in the Young Men of Purpose community service organization ... Tyler originally committed to Cincinnati in the summer of 2008 before changing his mind in favor of UK.
Personal: Born in Indianapolis, Ind. ... Son of Kelly Tyler ... A cousin, Jeff Teague, played college basketball at Wake Forest University ... Major is communication and leadership development.
Community Cats: Participated in the Big Blue U Move-In (2012).
Dakotah Says ... My favorite college class so far: philosophy ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: coaching ... My game day superstition is: no red food ... My ideal vacation spot is: anywhere warm ... My hidden talent is: working hard ... The coolest thing about being at UK is: the atmosphere.