Tyler Birkley
88  Tyler Birkley
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Modesto, CA

High School:
Highland (Ft. Thomas, KY)

Last College:
UC Davis

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220

Position:
TE

Age:
22


COLLEGE: Transfer from UC Davis ... Was Aggies' starting tight end after spring practice ... Started three of 11 games as defensive lineman for Aggies as junior last season, being credited with 18 tackles, including 6 solos ... Had 4.5 tackles for loss for minus-20 yards, including 1.5 sacks for minus-10 yards ... Also intercepted pass against Portland State ... Had start in UC Davis' stunning 20-17 win at Stanford, having 1 tackle ... Also started against South Dakota State and Eastern Washington, posting season-high 4 tackles in latter match-up ... Part of Aggie defense that allowed just 87.5 rushing yards per game, second-best in NCAA Division I-AA ... Credited with 22 total tackles (10 solos, 12 assists) as sophomore ... Played in 7 games as freshman, recording 7 total tackles (5 solo, 2 assists) ... First career TFL was 1-yard stop of Jake Carlyle to end first quarter in Aggie win vs. Western Washington ... Redshirt in 2002.

HIGH SCHOOL: Attended three high schools, De La Salle as freshman, Grace Davis (Modesto, Calif.) as sophomore, and Highland (Ft. Thomas, Ky.) as junior and senior ... Helped Bluebirds to Class 3A state championship as junior and to second round as senior ... As senior was credited with 145 tackles, 51 for loss, and 15 quarterback sacks ... Earned first-team All-Northern Kentucky and Louisville Courier-Journal All-State honors ... Played in East-West All-Star Game.

PERSONAL: Major is sociology ... His father, Dain, played football and is member of Athletic Hall of Fame at Denison University.