During the summer doldrums of sports news, many college football fans are starved for news and information regarding their favorite teams.
With that in mind, we at B5Q have decided to take a more detailed look at each walk-on contributor and scholarship player on the Wisconsin Badgers football roster for 2020 in a running feature, our 2020 returnee profiles.
Each weekday we will breakdown one player on the football roster to look back at their recruiting process, their career as a Badger to this juncture and lastly preview their potential contribution to the team in 2020 and beyond.
Today we dive into the progression of Tyler Beach.
Name: Tyler Beach
Position: offensive tackle
2020 eligibility: redshirt junior
Recruiting info out of HS: 247 composite 3-star, No. 41 offensive tackle, Port Washington
2017 recruitment: Tyler Beach, like many offensive linemen that hail from within the state of Wisconsin, decided to play for the Badgers. Early in his recruitment however that did not appear to be a sure thing. The highly sought after three-star prospect out of Port Washington was heavily pursued by both Michigan and Notre Dame, including visits to each school. In fact, Beach was thought to be leaning towards going with the Fighting Irish before eventually committing to Wisconsin a few weeks after his visit to South Bend.
Career statistics: 26 games played, one start
2019 statistics: 13 games played, one start
Player overview: Part of a large in-state haul along the offensive line, including projected starters Kayden Lyles and Logan Bruss from the 2017 class, Tyler Beach has bided his time in the program. His progression is similar to many offensive lineman at Wisconsin. Redshirt your first year, work your way into the two-deep, then potentially start the final couple years on campus and have an opportunity to make an NFL roster.
While that linear progression is not the only way to find success as a Wisconsin offensive lineman, Beach has the talent to now bloom into a tremendous right tackle for the Badgers this season. In speaking with his former teammate David Moorman back in the beginning of the month, Moorman felt as though Beach had “by far the best pass set of the whole group.” That praise is indicative of what the staff has also seen from the 6-foot-6, 309 pounder given his utilization the past two seasons in various capacities.
Best case scenario for 2020: “Beacher” as he is nicknamed by Joe Rudolph and his teammates, takes a nice leap amidst a crazy off-season and pushes for playing time. Now a redshirt junior, he proves to be one of the top five offensive linemen on the roster, and takes over the right tackle position. That move allows Bruss to slide down to right guard, a spot where Bruss can really display his athleticism. Beach starts all of the games and helps fortify the offensive line in 2020.
Likely role on team in 2020: Without spring camp, players who have experience to lean on have an inside track to lock down starting spots in 2020. Beach has consistently been in the two-deep for the Badgers the past couple seasons and has also helped the team out by starting in a pinch at tackle and playing as a blocking tight end in the past. That experience makes it highly like that he has a good chance to grab the right tackle spot assuming Bruss slides down to right guard.