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Georgia Tech Football: Honoring the Seniors - LB Tyler Marcordes

Today, we look at a member of Tech's linebacker corps.

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

As a Recruit

Recruited by Joe Speed, Marcordes committed to Georgia Tech on Dec. 22, 2010, just a couple of weeks after his official visit to the Flats. He also received offers from the local Illinois schools.

In high school, Marcordes pretty much did whatever the coaches needed him to, playing quarterback, linebacker and safety at Normal Community West High School in Normal, Illinois. All of his contributions earned him team MVP his senior season, where he averaged 9.5 yards per carry and rushed for 20 touchdowns, while also passing for 700 yards and six touchdowns. Because of his success as a senior, Marcordes was named conference player of the year and all-state by Rivals and Champaign News-Gazette.

On the Field

Marcordes came in and redshirted his first season on the Flats. In his second season, Marcordes was a back-up and appeared in all 14 games, making a start against Middle Tennessee State. He finished the season with four tackles and a pass break-up.

In his third season, he was a key back-up and played in 13 games, making a start against Alabama A&M. I'll always remember one moment in particular from that season. Tech was playing Elon, and Marcordes decided to make a name for himself.

He finished the season with 16 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and two interceptions, including his 95-yard pick-six.

In his junior season, Marcordes was finally made a starter, though it was only for seven games before serving as a situational pass rusher for the remaining games. He recorded 31 tackles, two sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

In his final season on the Flats, Marcordes was finally able to be a starter for the entire season. He finished the season with 51 tackles, two sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles (all career highs).

Off the Field

Marcordes graduated from Georgia Tech following his redshirt junior season with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He elected to come back to Georgia Tech for his final year of eligibility.

He also went with the Georgia Tech FCA to the Dominican Republic in the summer prior to this season to help build a house as part of GT Serves.

Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication on the Flats, Tyler! Best of luck in your future endeavors!