Flying High with Ty Byrd

"I'm just excited to be part of the Cougar Family and I can't wait to get down there. The team is going to turn around and start winning more games, so you fans be ready for lots of bowl game vacations!" - Ty Byrd

Now here's an interesting future Coog. In doing this interview, I can tell you that Ty is going to be a fan favorite and is a great addition to Houston Cougar Football. Enjoy.

DD - In Jeff Akeroyd's interview he told us a little about this year's Monterey team and the highlights of this past season, what can you add to his commentary?
TB - Jeff pretty much said it all. Our team started off 0-5 and then we won 7 straight games. One of those losses was to Midland High. We were ahead with 17 seconds to go and lost on a tipped pass that fell into the hands of a Midland receiver in the end zone. That was a pretty hard loss. We beat #9 state ranked Abilene High in the 2nd round of the playoffs, and then we lost to Arlington High in the 3rd round. I was very proud of our team because even though we didn't start off the way we wanted to, we never gave up and bounced back to have a great season. We are one of only three 5-A teams to go to the 3rd round of the playoffs for three consecutive years.

DD - I understand you played wide receiver for the first time this past season as well as cornerback, did your CB instincts and knowledge give you an advantage in playing WR?
TB - My knowledge at CB gave me many advantages at WR. One of those advantages was being able to recognize coverages and find open spots in the secondary zones.

DD - What player and team gave you the toughest competition this past season?
TB - Abilene High and Marcus Johnson gave me the toughest competition this year because he was a great quarterback, and they had many talented wide receivers.

DD - Jeff is very high on Coach Morton, give us your perspective.
TB - Coach Morton is one of the finest men I know. He gives everything he has to make the team successful. He has instilled many things in my life that have made me the player and person that I am today, and without him I probably wouldn't be playing college football. I credit all my success and future successes to the many things he has taught me.

DD - Tell us about your accomplishments (athletic and scholastic) at Monterey HS.
TB - I was Honorable Mention All-District CB, and Academic All-District as a Junior, 1st team All-District CB, Honorable Mention All-District WR, Honorable Mention All City CB, Honorable Mention All-South Plains CB, Academic All-District, and 2nd Team Academic All-State as a Senior. I was just selected to play in the Greenbelt Bowl Classic All-Star Game in June. Academically, I am in the top 5-6% of my class.

DD - What other activities/sports do you participate in currently?
TB - I am presently participating in track. I run the 400 and 800 relays and the 200. I was on the varsity basketball team as a Junior, but I decided not to play this year so I could spend more of my time in the weight room.

DD - What hobbies or other interests do you have?
TB - I love to play XBOX video games, and I also enjoy watching any Martin Lawrence movie. I like to go to the beach and fly fish in Colorado.

DD - Who recruited you for UH and how did that develop?
TB - No one really recruited me; I guess you could say I recruited UH. Coach Clements talked to me in Lubbock one day when he came to see Jeff. After visiting with him and talking to Jeff after he made his decision to come to Houston, I sent my video to Houston about one week before signing day. I got the preferred walk-on offer right before signing day.

DD - What was attractive to you about coming to Houston, the university and the city?
TB - Well to be honest, I can't really tell you because I made my decision sight unseen the night before signing day without really knowing anything about Houston. I kinda knew Coach Briles, but I basically made my decision on what felt right for me.

DD - How much did the hiring of Art Briles play into your decision?
TB - It impacted my decision a great deal because I know with him coaching the team that I will be playing for a winning team and I will learn a lot about life from him just like I have from Coach Morton. I don't know that Jeff and I would've ended up at Houston if Coach Briles hadn't taken the head job there.

DD - What was your recruiting visit like, what took place?
TB - I haven't been to UH yet, but I'm coming down during spring break.

DD - What other scholarship offers did you have to consider?
TB - I was offered a scholarship at West Texas A&M, and preferred walk-on offers from TCU, and SMU.

DD - Do you want to play right away or would you prefer to redshirt?
TB - I would prefer to redshirt because I want a year to get bigger and faster. Plus, having a year to learn the system will help me so that when my time comes I can be the best player that I can possibly be.

DD - What are your current physical attributes (height, weight, 40-time, etc.)?
TB - I am currently 5'11", 170 lbs, I ran a 4.51-40, but the last time I was tested in a 40 was last summer.

DD - Tell us a little bit about your teammate Jeff Akeroyd.
TB - Jeff is a great player. He was the best player that we had on the defensive front. Many teams made their offensive game plan around Jeff, yet he dominated many games this year. Jeff was also the best defensive lineman in our district this year. He is also graduating in the top 5% of our class. I am thrilled to be playing college football with Jeff.

DD - What do you plan to study at UH?
TB - I really haven't made up my mind about my major yet, but I plan on going to law school after I finish my undergraduate studies.

DD - Do you have anything that you would like to tell the CoogFans out there?
TB - I'm just excited to be part of the Cougar Family and I can't wait to get down there. The team is going to turn around and start winning more games, so you fans be ready for lots of bowl game vacations!

Ty, thank you for letting the CoogFans get to know a little about you. The Briles' era of Cougar Football is going to be a great ride and we are glad that you are on board.

Lubbock Monterey HS teammates Jeff Akeroyd and Ty Byrd

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