Top Ten Kentucky players according to NCAA Football 2012: #4 Ryan Tydlacka

Posted: August 30, 2011 by kysco in Kentucky Football
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This article was written by Tyler Bloyd, a contributor with

OK, so I know a lot of you will say punters/kickers really don’t count towards the actual team, let alone one of the best players on the team, but when these guys can seal the deal with a 35-40 yard field goal to win a bowl game, I would say that all kickers are true parts to the program. Now with that being said, we move on to the #4 player on the countdown of Top Ten Kentucky players according to NCAA Football 2012, the kicker with a overall rating of 85, #9 Ryan Tydlacka. Ryan is a product out of Louisville Trinity high school where he was named to the First Team All State by the Associated Press his Junior and Senior year, where he kicked his Rocks team to two state championships. He averaged 40.3 yards per punt for his 3 year starting career.

Heading into college with the Wildcats, he red-shirted his first season and then appeared in 10 games the following season where he served as the team’s pooch kicker, as well as the backup kicker. He was able to keep 16 of 22 punts inside the 20, and tallying up a 51-yard field goal against South Carolina. His Junior season in Lexington, sophomore year on the roster brought Tydlacka the starting roll where he was later named to a 4th Team All-SEC selection by Phil Steele’s College Football after averaging 40.0 yards per punt and only seeing 11 of 64 punts returned. His longest punt of the year against South Carolina when he nailed a 59-yarder.


Last season, his official Junior year for UK, Tydlacka averaged 43.8 yards per punt, almost four extra yards from hsi previous year. He was named the Co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Week against South

Carolina(he hates the Gamecocks!) after landing 3 punts inside the 20-yard line and later in the year launched a career best 73-yarder against Ole Miss, which led to him receiving the College Football Performance Awards National Punter of the Week.

His senior season is about to “kick” off and his sporing couldn’t have been better. Named to the All-Spring Team by and is expected to have a good season with a year under the belt.


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