One of the most underrated kickers in this draft class is Tyler Basch. He started his college career with Wayne State and ended with Missouri Western. He should be looked at in this years draft class or invited to a mini-camp at least. Stick around to the end of the article for a Q&A with Tyler!
He started his college career with Wayne State, where he redshirted his first season. In 2013 he made 24 of 27 PAT kicks and 9 of 13 on field goals.
In 2015 he was 10 of 10 on point afters.
Ahead to 2017, he was Second Team All-MIAA. Basch led the MIAA with 17 of 20 made field goals. He made ten straight field goals to end the season. He also was 10 for 10 on the season on attempts between 20 and 39.
In 2018 he went on to be Second Team All-MIAA and Second Team Don Hansen All-Super Region Team. He went 13 for 17 on field goal attempts. Then tied a Missouri Western record with a 58-yard field goal in the Agent Barry Live United Bowl!.
Now onto the Q&A!
Q: What was your favorite memory of playing college football?
A: Having the opportunity to make it to a bowl game this year. That was an amazing experience.
Q: What are your favorite songs to listen to before a game?
A: I’ve listened to the Lonesome Kicker by Adam Sandler before every football game and big practice I’ve ever had.
Q: Who is your biggest inspiration?
A: My mother. She was diagnosed with MS a few months after I was born. I’ve watched her go through some tough times with a smile on her face. She will drop her problems on a dime to help someone else.
Q: If you could play for any pro team who would you pick?
A: With all of my family being from Nebraska, the Kansas City Chiefs would mean most of my family could attend games more frequently.
Q: Who were your favorite teammates?
A: I don’t think I have favorite teammates. I’m close with all the guys. The specialists I’m especially close to. We have hours at practice where we’re in our corner hanging out as a squad.
Q: What’s your favorite stadium you’ve played at?
A: Favorite stadium I’ve played at either Pitt State or Winona State. The stands are so close to the fields. I like the energy they give off.
Q: Do you have any pre-game situations?
A: The only superstition would be to listen to the Lonesome Kicker before the games.
Thank you so much to Tyler for answering my questions! You can find him on Instagram @tylerbasch; I can’t wait to see the next level of his career!