Player Profile #70 – S Tyler Sash

They used to write children’s book about schoolboy athletes who were stars in every sport, good students and the overall boy next door. It was a quaint example of Americana from the 1940s and 50s.

But there’s a modern day version those type of young men and in Iowa, his name is Tyler Sash. Out of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Sash was a high school phenom, who set records in football and basketball, and ran track as well. He was offered scholarships in both sports. He picked football and no he waits to see who will pick him in the NFL Draft.

Here’s the Tyler Sash story.


FAMILY MATTERS

Tyler Sash

Born – May 27, 1988 in Oskaloosa, Iowa.

Family – Parents are Barney and Mike Sash. Dad is a middle school physical education teacher and coach. His older brother Josh was part of the basketball coaching staff of head coach Keno Davis at Providence College the last three years. Davis was fired in March, leaving Josh Sash’s status up in the air with the Friars. His older sister is Megan.

BODY OF WORK

  • Height – 6-feet.
  • Weight – 211 pounds.
  • Arm – 30 inches.
  • Hand – 9 3/8 inches.
  • 40-yard dash – 4.66 seconds (Pro Day – 4.61.)
  • 20-yard dash – 2.64 seconds (2.69.)
  • 10-yard dash – 1.61 seconds (1.57.)
  • Bench press – 11 repetitions at 225 pounds (14.)
  • Vertical jump – 33 inches.
  • Broad jump – 9-feet (9-feet, 4 inches.)

HIGH SCHOOL

Sash was a member of the Class of 2007 at Oskaloosa High School, part of the Oskaloosa Community School District in Iowa.

He played for coach Darrell Schumacher on the football field, leading the Indians while playing running back, wide receiver and safety. Sash received All-State honors over three seasons, first-team in his junior and senior seasons and third team as a sophomore. He was first-team All-District three times and was also Academic All-District three times as well.

Over his three-year career, he set or tied 28 school records including career/season/ game marks for receptions (100/49/9), receiving yards (2,141/1,008/267 yards), TD catches (22/12/3 TDs), Sash also had the school record for rushing yards in a game (324 yards) and longest TD catch (98 yards). He finished with 2,090 rushing yards and 2,141 receiving yards.

Sash also played basketball and ran track. Over three years on the court, he scored 1,352 points and over his career averaged 25 points, 15.6 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.3 steals per game. As a junior he earned All-State honors. He was recruited as a point guard by both Nebraska and Iowa State. On the track he ran in five events over two different state track meets, turning in a time of 10.81 in the 100 meters and 22.78 in the 200 meters.

FOOTBALL

2006 – The Indians finished 5-4 as Sash was team captain. He ran for 1,175 yards on 146 carries with 28 TDs, caught 31 passes for 71 yards and 6 TDs and returned one kickoff for score. In his final high school game against Davis County Sash ran for a school-record 326 yards and 7 TDs. He had 259 yards in the first half. His TD runs went for 1, 49, 31, 7, 1, 40 and 24 yards.

2005 – Sash ran for 909 yards on 91 carries with 13 TDs and caught 49 passes for 1,008 yards and 12 TDs. He also returned 2 kickoffs for TDs. In one game, Sash returned found the end zone with a 93-yard kickoff return, a 85-yard INT return and an 83-yard rushing TD. On defense, he had 38 tackles and 4 interceptions. The Indians were 3-6 on the season.

RECRUITING

It was Iowa, Iowa State, Iowa, Northern Iowa and Wisconsin chasing Sash as he got ready to leave Oskaloosa. He committed early (August 2006) to the Hawkeyes, turning down an offer from the Cyclones.

COLLEGE

He was first-team All-Big 10 Conference in both ’09-’10. Last year, he was named third-team All-America by the Associated Press.

Over 38 games he started 37 times, finishing with 217 total tackles and 13 interceptions. He holds the school record for interception return yardage with 392 yards on 13 interceptions and one touchdown.

2010 – Sash started all 13 games as the Hawkeyes went 9-4 with a victory in the Insight Bowl over Missouri. He finished third on team with 79 tackles and 2 INT. He had 7 tackles and an interception against Michigan.

2009 – He started all 13 games in Iowa’s 11-2 season, including a victory over Georgia Tech in the < Bowl. Sash was third on team with 85 tackles and 6 INTs, including one that he returned 86 yards for a touchdown against Indiana. Against Iowa State, he had 10 total tackles and 3 interceptions and a forced fumble.

2008 – Spring practice ended with Sash listed as the third team SS. He did not start the opener, but became the No. 1 SS for the second game. He had 53 tackles and 5 INTs. He missed one game due to injury. Against Iowa State, he had 10 total tackles, one sack and the first interception of his college career.

2007 – He took a redshirt season and took part only in practice with the Hawkeyes.

 Year

 

G

 

S

Tot.

Tkl.

 

TFL

 

Sks.

 

INT

 

PBU

 

FF

2010

13

13

79

3.5

0

2

2

0

2009

13

13

85

5.5

0

6

6

2

2008

12

11

53

2.5

1

5

6

1

2007

0

0

x

x

x

x

x

x

Totals

38

37

217

11.5

1

13

14

3

EVALUATION FOR PRO FOOTBALL

Strengths – Athletic and aggressive safety, who is at his best coming up from the back line and smacking a running back or receiver. He’s strong against the run and quick screens, sniffing out the play and flying through the air if necessary to apply the tackle. Sash has good range in coverage and he can handle a little bit of slot coverage when opponents go to four wide. His 13 career interceptions came in 38 games – a nice number for three seasons. He’s very instinctive in how he plays, and generally takes good angles when chasing after the ball. The skills are there where he could be a very good coming off the edge or even up the middle on the blitz.

Weaknesses – Sometimes his play is too aggressive, and he will overrun plays; he must become more disciplined in how he breaks down to make a tackle. Bites all the time on good play-action fakes and will get pulled out of his area. His aggressiveness will sometimes pull him out of the defense and open cutback lanes for runners. Sash likes to go for the big hit and sometimes leaves his feet and lowers his head. That leaves him open to missing the tackle.

Analysis – Athletic, smart, passionate about the game and willing to work on all aspects, on the field and in the classroom. He has shown leadership skills and is vocal. If he can stay healthy, Sash will be a playmaker in the secondary.

WHAT THE SCOUTS SAY

From an AFC scout – “He played a lot of cover-2 at Iowa and there weren’t many plays on tape with him handling the secondary in man-to-man. He’s a talented kid and he seems passionate about the game. I think given time he could be special.”

WHAT HE SAYS

“My dad instilled that in me … you’re not going to get anything unless you work hard for it. Nothing’s ever going to be handed to you. You have to earn everything you do.”

WHAT OTHERS SAY

Oskaloosa High football coach Darrell Schumacher – “He knew exactly where everybody was at on the field. If he caught a ball, he knew exactly where to cut. If there was somebody coming at him, he would try to run over him because he didn’t have any options. There were so many times where he cut back, I didn’t know what he was looking at, but he sure knew where he was going. That’s an athletic awareness — not everybody has that.”

Iowa teammate Julian Vandervelde – “He’s got an attitude, a confidence. It’s not cockiness. It’s not, ‘Oh, I’m better than everybody else.’ It’s he knows he’s good enough to do his job as well as anybody else. So he goes out and does it.”

DOES HE FIT WITH THE CHIEFS?

Of course he fits with the Chiefs – he would fit with any team that has competent management. But with the selection last season of Eric Berry in the first round, it doesn’t make sense they would go with another strong safety in the first or second round. His chances of making it big in the NFL are big.

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