Tyler Stargel, Redshirt Sophomore, Strongside Defensive End
Our next breakout player this fall will be Tyler Stargel, a 6'3", 250 pound redshirt sophomore defensive end from Orange Beach, Alabama. Though the coaches have loved him since the moment he showed up on campus, Stargel has had very little opportunity to play the last two seasons because of some guy named Attaochu that was on the depth chart in front of him. However, with Attaochu now playing in some other league for a team in San Diego with a lightning bolt logo or something, now is Stargel's time to shine. Interestingly enough, after spending two years as a weakside (rush) defensive end, Stargel has now been moved to strongside defensive end, with the thought being that his skill set fits that side a little better.
One thing that's been apparent ever since he was a recruit is that Stargel has an outrageous work ethic. (Side note: sometimes I read articles I wrote long ago and it makes me cringe.) He's one of the hardest workers on the team off the field, and as tends to happen, that work shows up on the field as well. One of the things that the coaches love most about Stargel is his motor -- he doesn't ever quit fighting offensive linemen when trying to get into the opponent's backfield. His strength and determination will serve Stargel very well moving forward on the Flats, as will his fundamentally-sound tackling.
So, other teams out there -- prepare yourselves. Stargel is coming for your quarterbacks and running backs this fall on the Flats.
High expectations for Tyler Stargel? What do you expect to see from him in year one as a starter?