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"Starr" linebacker leading Coyote defense

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It's hard to miss number 11 on the football field. It could be the 6'5, 250 pound frame, or maybe the long blonde hair flowing under his helmet. Whatever the case may be, you always know he is around.

"They told me this guy was special and you can see it from the very start," USD Head Coach Joe Glenn said. "The guy is a tremendous athlete and he drives himself really hard to be better in practice and in the weight room."

Joe Glenn heard about Tyler Starr's dominance before he even stepped foot in Vermillion, but Glenn was blown away once he saw the linebacker in person.

"You got to know that the guy is working so hard, he is 6'5, 250 pounds," said Glenn. "He is fast and aggressive and he makes you think about your work."

With each game all that hard work is paying off for Starr as he inches closer and closer to the Coyote all-time sack record.

"Obviously would be a nice personal accomplishment, but the first thing is to do my job and get the win." Starr said about the record. "Anything I can do to help the team that is really my strong suit."

While having his name sprinkled across the record books would be an honor, Starr would rather leave a different kind of legacy.

"I want people to say ‘Hey you remember Tyler Starr?' and something positive comes out of their mouth. Whether he helped the community, was a good participant in class, gave everything he had on the field."

But, don't express Starr's legacy to end in Vermillion one way or another.

"I have been around a long time. Coached a lot of kids that have gone onto the NFL and he is every bit as good, if not better than most of those kids." Glenn mentioned. "He is a special guy, great athlete and he pushes himself like you wouldn't believe and is always running."

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