VAUGHT: The Dakotah Tyler Story, Part 5

Moyers says the potential to play early was as big a factor in Tyler's decision as anything. "It wasn't just the beautiful campus, great academics and chance to play in the SEC.

Moyers says the potential to play early was as big a factor in Tyler's decision as anything. "It wasn't just the beautiful campus, great academics and chance to play in the SEC. It was the opportunity to come in and contribute something early that he really liked about Kentucky," Moyers said. "He's a football player. He ran some track as a sophomore and junior, but his total focus now is on getting ready to play at Kentucky. He's going to enroll in June and be ready to go from day one."

Tyler, who says it is a "big bonus" to have Morgan Newton at Kentucky with him, wanted his younger sister and parents to be able to easily see him play. But more than anything, he wants to play.

"I get a chance to compete for playing time right away. What player doesn't want that? Being able to play in the SEC is huge. Having a chance to play early is why I spend so much time working out. I want to be as good as I can when I get there to put myself in the best position possible. I don't want to have to play catch up or be redshirted because I am not physically developed," Tyler said.

"You want to test yourself against the best and to be the best you have to play the best. Every week you have to bring your 'A' game. There are no bye weeks in the SEC where you can just take it easy or you get beat. I like that competition."

Moyers says Tyler was ecstatic when Kentucky beat East Carolina in the Liberty Bowl for its third straight bowl win. "It was like he is already part of team. He is so excited to wear that Kentucky blue already," his coach said.



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