Tyler Beach (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Badgers Football: A closer look at incoming Wisconsin freshman Tyler Beach

With Wisconsin football set to begin summer conditioning this week, we profile some of the new scholarship players set to join the program.

Tyler Beach

Offensive Tackle

Commitment Date: 4/3/16

http://www.scout.com/player/202840-tyler-beach

Accolades

First-team all-state by Associated Press and Wisconsin Football Coaches Association … did not allow a sack in three seasons as starter at offensive tackle … finalist for Joe Thomas Award presented to state’s top senior offensive lineman … North Shore Conference Player of the Year as a senior … first-team All-North Shore Conference as a junior and senior … also played on defense as a senior, finishing with 18 tackles, two TFLs, one forced fumble and two blocked kicks … honorable mention all-state as a junior … invited to U.S. Army All-American Combine following junior season … two-year team captain … also lettered in wrestling, qualifying for sectional meet as a sophomore … high honor roll student.

Recruiting Competition

Beach picked Wisconsin over offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, Notre Dame, Oregon State, Syracuse, Vanderbilt and many others.

Why Wisconsin? 

“Coach Rudolph is one of the greatest offensive line coaches, in my opinion. Obviously I’m going to be biased, but he’s smart and he’s driven and he has so much enthusiasm. The biggest key about him is his technical abilities, which comes from how smart he is. When I went on campus, we went on this tour … and he knew every corner we were at, was able to identify where everything was. He’s one of the smartest people I’ve met, honestly.”

Coach’s Comments

“The good part is he has got the ability to play either left or right tackle, but he’d be the left tackle you would try to go out and find. In coming to camp he stood out in his movements and the way he was able to carry himself. I really liked his season. I thought he played really well. I saw that on the film that he worked hard to finish and took pride in it. Having him camp before this season, technique wise, he’s not bad for an offensive tackle. He does some things pretty naturally. Being in the weight room with Coach Kolodziej and developing and really becoming an explosive player, that’s where he’ll really grow the most.” – offensive coordinator/line coach Joe Rudolph

Scouting Report

Beach is a top five prospect in the state of Wisconsin and a great get for several reasons. First, he’s an in-state kid, but a kid the Badgers had to fight the hardest for because he had several options. Second, he’s a kid with a lot of upside. He has a big frame, he’s light on his feet for a kid that big and is a good natural athlete. He is farther along as a run blocker than pass blocker. He does a good job of getting leverage on his opponent, even when a player is much shorter, which shows his flexibility. He has to continue to get stronger and more explosive, and polish his pass blocking technique. He has the necessary tools to develop, and he is going to a place that will do that. He could project to several positions along the offensive line.

BadgerNation Prediction

Coming from a football family, where his father played at Air Force and Ohio Northern and his older brother played at Colorado Mesa, Beach was the final jewel of an offensive line class that the Badgers wrapped up by the beginning of April. His physicality is a trait that will serve him well because he combines it with good technique. Watching him last September when he was matched up against either a 6-1, 285-pound defensive lineman or a 6-2, 265-pound one, the 6-6, 280-pound Beach won a majority of his battles by driving his feet and getting his opponent off his mark. That burst also served him well on his limited reps on defense. On one of his first snaps of the game, Beach sprung off the line to break up a run play and allowed the defenders to get into the backfield to recover a fumble. Beach’s long reach, growing strength and footwork makes him an ideal fit on Wisconsin’s offensive line.


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