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Wisconsin football 2020 returnee profile: Tyler Mais

Will a key special teams contributor get on the field more with the defense?

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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.

While we said yesterday was the last of the profiles, we lied. Or, more accurately I switched two profiles around and forgot to change the verbiage on yesterday’s post. Anyways! Here is the profile for Tyler Mais.

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Name: Tyler Mais

Position: safety

2020 eligibility: redshirt junior

Recruiting info out of HS: unranked, safety, Waunakee

2017 Recruitment: Mais, who doesn’t even have a profile on 247, had one offer, to North Dakota, coming out of Waunakee High School. He decided to bet on himself and accepted a walk-on offer to in-state Wisconsin. In high school he was named first-team all-state by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association and Associated Press as a junior and senior and he was also named the team MVP those years as well.

Career statistics: 14 games played, five tackles

2019 statistics: 14 games played, five tackles

Player overview: Mais is one of the unsung heroes of the Wisconsin Badgers. He can fill in at safety if needed, but makes most of his impact on special teams as you can see in the Instagram video below. While he only recorded five tackles last year, the 6-foot-1 and 195 pound redshirt junior played in all 14 games on the kickoff unit.

He’s an impressive athlete, having also earned all-conference honors in lacrosse while at Waunakee and being named all-conference on both sides of the ball in football during his junior and senior seasons.

Best case scenario for 2020: His best case scenario for this year is to continue making a name for himself on the special teams kick coverage units and hope to work his way up the depth chart to get some playing time on defense. While there are a number of players ahead of him, defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard isn’t afraid to use a “positionless” style of attack in the secondary meaning there will often be more than two safeties on the field at the same time.

Likely role on team in 2020: Unless injuries befall the safeties again, there probably won’t be much playing time available for Mais. He will make hay as a heat seeking missile on the coverage units and for that, we thank him.