Hoover Made Many Changes For 2012

For Tyler Hoover to get the most out of his senior season he needed to make several changes.

A new position was only one of the changes Tyler Hoover needed to make for his final season wearing the Green & White.

Two seasons ago senior defensive tackle Tyler Hoover weighted 260-pounds and was playing defensive end.

This fall, the Novi, Michigan native opens camp having gained 50-pounds more than he did two seasons ago at 310-pounds.

"My protein doubled and my carbs doubled," said Hoover. "I was easting snacks when I usually don't. I've got to give so much credit to Coach Mannie and out strength and conditioning staff, they pushed me the entire time."

With all the changes Hoover enters his senior season with a new level of excitement.

"Brand new start, new position, so excited," said Hoover. "I've learned some new things. I'm just absolutely excited to hit someone different again. The toughest part is staying low, I learned that quickly in spring ball.

"If you aren't staying low you are getting blown off the ball. Another one is guards and centers are usually shorter, so again it is reaching out and extension. It's a fun thing to because you get to band heads in there."

After missing last season with an injury, Hoover made sure to not make it a lost season overall.

"I've definitely learned the defensive line like the back of my hand," said Hoover. "The young guys at defensive end and tackle I'll be able to help them out. It was fun watching how intense and serious Spartan pride can be.

"I've been in it, but watching it is pretty cool too. It motivated me and was exciting. Seeing a group of guys do that and you want to be a part of it."

Despite the program's success since his arrival, Hoover feels those within the program have remained the same.

"The feeling isn't that different than when I came here," said Hoover. "We are pretty humble and we are always hungry. The beginning of camp and spring ball we cut ourselves down and we are nothing, that's the biggest thing. The biggest thing is earn the jersey, we all don't have a jersey right now, or a spot. That's the biggest part of camp to stay humble and hungry."

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