VAUGHT: The Dakotah Tyler Story, Pt 4

"I have never met an athlete that is as physically gifted as Dakotah is. He is 5-10, 210 pounds. He can bench press 325 (pounds) and squat 510. He has a 36-inch vertical jump. He is the total package."

"I have never met an athlete that is as physically gifted as Dakotah is. He is 5-10, 210 pounds. He can bench press 325 (pounds) and squat 510. He has a 36-inch vertical jump. He is the total package. He can run around you or through you. Whatever it takes. He is a weight room warrior. The scary part is when he gets there, he will only get bigger, faster and stronger. That's scary to think about, especially if you have to play against him."

Moyers says while their will be a dramatic rise in the competition level at a Southeastern Conference school, Tyler has played against some of Indiana's best competition the last two years, including facing quarterback Morgan Newton — another UK signee — in the 2007 state title game.

"We are the seventh largest school in Indiana," Moyers said. "We play in the big school division and play some of the best teams in the country. He started as a junior at free safety and had a lot of schools interested in him. We would go to a Wildcat package for him that was basically just single wing football with a direct snap to him so he could do his thing. This year we revamped the offense and moved him to quarterback to let him handle the ball every play. We got some injuries at running back and moved him there the last three games of the season. So the more he plays the position, the better he'll be. That's another plus for Kentucky."

Count John Newton, Morgan Newton's father, as a Tyler backer. The two played together as freshmen before Morgan Newton transferred to another school.

"He is a playmaker. He is one of the most underrated running backs in the state of Indiana. He has a good relationship with Morgan and I know I am glad he's going to be on our team at Kentucky. He's that good," John Newton said. "To me, he is a bigger version of Randall Cobb. He's pretty fast and he has all those moves. He can zig, zag and slash. He's a load to stop."



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