Hayes Hoping For Second Chance

One year ago, former Alabama linebacker and current Butler County Community College star Tyler Hayes (6-2, 225) was playing in the national championship game - something he watched this season while pondering his future and hoping for a second chance from a program like the one at Arkansas.

As he talked right before the national championship game Monday night – something that he played in last season - former Alabama linebacker and current Butler County (Kan.) Community College standout Tyler Hayes clearly gets it.

He knows that the legal issues that led to his dismissal from the Crimson Tide roster may keep him from ever getting a chance to play for a BCS team again.

But he hopes the chance presents itself soon and he notes that he will take advantage if he gets that second chance.,br>
"I have made mistakes, but I know that God doesn't make mistakes and that he allows us to pay for our mistakes and becoming a better person," Hayes said Monday afternoon. "That is what I have spent this season doing. I know that is what a lot "

Hayes, who had two tackles as a true freshman in Alabama's 42-14 thrashing for Notre Dame in Miami last Jan. 7, has offers from Southern Miss, Troy, Western Michigan and Texas State.

"Right now I am planning on visiting Troy on Jan. 17th and Southern Miss on the 24th," Hayes said. "I have some small offers but no big schools yet. Hopefully that will change, but I will take whatever offers I do get and be thankful for them and do the best with my next chance."

Two of the schools who has expressed interest lately in Hayes – who had 14 tackles as a freshman while playing in 12 games – are Arkansas and Kentucky.

Razorback defensive coordinator Chris Ash has been to see Hayes., who chose Alabama over Auburn and several others after starring for Thomasville, Ala., High School.

"I would jump at the chance to play for Arkansas," Hayes said. "I know they have a new staff there that is rebuilding and I certainly would move them right to the top if they do offer."

Hayes played middle linebacker this season at Butler CC and had a team-high 71 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, two pass break ups and two interceptions that he returned for a combined 124 yards.

"I got to Butler and I just went to work on being the best football player and best person I could be," Hayes said. "I think I did really good out there on the field today and think I could really help somebody out at middle linebacker."

We'll see if that ends up being Arkansas, who he expects to talk to soon.

"They told me that they could really use a middle linebacker and need depth and some guys that can help build that defense," Hayes said. "Maybe I'll get the chance to be one of those, but if not I will be blessed with whatever opportunity that I get."

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