Former Mount Ethereal soccer standout Tyler Hull was on the point of marry his longtime girlfriend earlier this month when he received a name from considered one of his shut buddies from his school soccer days.
Elliott mentioned he couldn’t make the marriage.
Why not? What’s happening?
Nicely, it appeared like Elliott Fry was going to be placekicking for the Atlanta Falcons the primary weekend of the month, and he possible would nonetheless be with the staff the second weekend when the marriage got here up.
“That’s a fairly good motive. I count on a greater marriage ceremony current now.”
Tyler was very excited for his buddy, however he couldn’t assist however really feel a twinge of jealousy as his personal makes an attempt to stay with an NFL staff got here up quick.
Tyler mentioned he went to 4 mini camps with completely different groups. Nevertheless, whereas he had loads of skill to shine in highschool, and was an excellent school participant, he didn’t fairly have that excellent expertise it takes to beat out the competitors for a roster spot.
An NFL staff would possibly carry 5 broad receivers and 5 and even six cornerbacks, however they solely maintain one punter.
Humorous factor is, punting isn’t even what earned Tyler accolades in highschool. He was the stud kicker throughout a two-year run of the most effective soccer in Granite Bear historical past. Between 2008-09, the Bears gained 31 straight video games and a state title earlier than falling one level in need of back-to-back championships.
And what occurred in that state title recreation? The stud kicker injured his knee halfway by way of and missed the necessary fourth quarter.
Guys from the staff have mentioned to him many instances since that 2009 recreation, “For those who hadn’t gotten harm, we might have gained that recreation.” Tyler mentioned that they imply it in a great way, but it surely stings to suppose that he value his buddies and classmates a state title.
Coaches would say that the staff wouldn’t have been inside a degree on the finish of the sport if Tyler hadn’t carried out his job earlier within the recreation — or if he hadn’t been profitable all season.
That success in highschool, and persevering with on into school, earned Tyler Hull choice this yr within the Larger Mount Ethereal Sports activities Corridor of Fame.
Whereas he has solely been out of highschool a decade, he’s really the oldest of this yr’s diaper dandies (as Dick Vitale likes to say). Fellow Class of 2020 inductees Matus Kriska, Jordan Hiatt and Kirsten Parries all graduated after Tyler.
Mount Ethereal Excessive has was Kicker College, Tyler laughed.
Earlier than his time, Alex Wright had an excellent run because the kicker. Then when Tyler went down within the championship recreation, Dylan Wright got here on (Tyler thought Dylan did properly in his place).
After that got here an outrageously good stretch because of the Brown brothers: Mitchell and Robert.
When the older one graduated, The Information requested then-coach Kelly Holder what he was going to do; he didn’t have Mitchell anymore. Holder mentioned with a large smile, “No, however I’ve received his brother Robert.”
The college information that Tyler set can be damaged by Robert Brown.
What had been a few of these accomplishments?
Tyler mentioned he solely tried about 4 area objectives in his sophomore yr, so all his work got here in his junior and senior years.
He set a college report for probably the most further factors and complete kicking factors in a season. Within the 2008 season, the Bears went 16-Zero and beat Williamston 37-14 to win the state 1A championship. He made 94 point-afters and eight fields objectives for 118 complete factors. That made him the second-highest-ranked kicker within the state report books at the moment.
He mentioned he didn’t kick as many PATs in his senior yr, however did make 11 area objectives with a protracted of 46 or 47 yards. He mentioned he solely ever received one likelihood to strive a 50-yarder. In opposition to Elkin he missed broad proper on a 53-yarder that he needs he might have again.
Kick returns are a harmful weapon in highschool, so not permitting a return is nice protection. Tyler boomed greater than 90 touchbacks into the top zone.
He mentioned he actually wasn’t a lot into punting and solely took over that job as a result of the staff wanted him.
Then in a recreation in opposition to 3A Charlotte-Monroe, he hit a punt that felt unhealthy on his foot, however took off like a rocket. A distance of 35 yards is first rate in highschool, and 40 is nice. This ball went about 65 yards to the 5-yard line, hit the bottom and kicked proper. It went out of bounds across the 3-yard line, for a complete of 67 yards.
That received the coaches’ consideration, and so they really useful he strive punting for school.
That speak must wait till after rehab.
In his closing recreation, Tyler mentioned he was on the sideline warming up for the subsequent kickoff. He gave a apply swing of his leg, and when he got here down on that proper leg, the knee was dislocated and required surgical procedure.
The Bears then misplaced to Wallace-Rose Hill 38-37.
A typical drawback for highschool gamers seeking to appeal to faculties is that an damage on the finish of their careers can scare scouts away.
After going by way of restoration, Tyler went to Guilford School to punt in 2010. The staff’s kicker received harm, and Tyler then needed to do all three kicking jobs: placekicking, punting and kickoffs.
At first he was timid about placekicking, however his knee felt high quality, he mentioned.
That also wasn’t sufficient to attract a scholarship provide, so he found some punting camps the place guys might get instruction and compete to indicate their skills.
He began sharing what he might discover about recruiting and camps with guys like East Surry’s Dustin Holder and North Surry’s Austin Barker, who received possibilities to punt in school, too.
On Christmas Eve 2011, The Information revealed a narrative about Tyler profitable a contest at considered one of these nationwide camps.
The Ray Man/Prokicker.com kicking championship featured about 200 individuals nationwide vying for the punting title.
Participating at Wingate College, he was persistently the most effective punter as he was first in common cling time (4.17 seconds) and second by simply two-tenths of a yard in common distance (44.6 yards), regardless of winds that generally stopped the ball in mid-air.
The primary week of April, Tyler got here by The Information workplace to indicate off his new gear from the College of South Carolina.
He mentioned after that Wingate competitors, he went to Las Vegas that February for one more occasion and completed second.
These helped earn him a most popular walk-on provide, with an opportunity to earn a scholarship with an excellent exhibiting in his first season with the staff.
He mentioned then that it was about pretty much as good a deal as a punter from a junior school might count on.
How did he wind up at USC?
As a senior, he took a go to to LSU and met particular groups coach Joe Robinson. However, LSU had an incredible punter in Brad Wing who would go on to play 4 seasons within the NFL.
Nonetheless, Robinson saved in contact with Tyler till the senior informed him that he was injured and must take time without work to rehab.
Two years later, Robinson was transferring from LSU to USC and knew the faculty had a punter who was graduating — and he wasn’t too impressed with what was left on the roster. So he reached out to Tyler and requested him to affix him within the new place.
“He mentioned, ‘Your first day will probably be my first day.’”
Tyler stepped proper in at South Carolina and took over the beginning job, getting 54 punts in 13 video games. He completed his three seasons with 142 punts for five,612 yards, a median of 39.5 yards per kick.
His punting common ranked within the high 10 of the SEC each his junior and senior seasons.
Whereas at USC, Tyler additionally was anticipated to be the holder on area aim tries. That led to him spending loads of time with the kicker, Elliott, who made a stellar 161 of 162 further factors in his 4 years.
After school, Tyler pursued his dream of an NFL job. His closest got here when Washington was having bother with its wage cap and was on the lookout for cheaper choices for some positions, like punter.
Nonetheless generally known as the Redskins then, the staff was paying an outrageous sum on a franchise tag to maintain QB Kirk Cousins from leaving in free company, so it wanted to avoid wasting money someplace.
The staff needed the punter, Tress Method, to take a pay reduce, however he wasn’t budging, defined Tyler.
“I believe I used to be introduced in to scare him,” mentioned Tyler. If he didn’t take a pay reduce, then Method may very well be reduce fully as a result of Tyler was low-cost labor.
Tyler received to spend two superb weeks in coaching camp, however by no means received to punt in any preseason video games. The common punter caved.
“He took his pay reduce, and so they despatched me up the street.”
Tyler tried many times, however at a mini camp with the Cardinals, he had a foul exhibiting and felt it was time to cease chasing a dream that wasn’t taking place. Particularly when he had a loving, supportive fiancée ready patiently at house.
“It was arduous to surrender soccer,” he admitted. “I felt like I misplaced my identification.”
The one factor he has at all times had is Morgan.
He began courting Morgan Hawks in his junior yr of highschool.
Since then it looks as if each reminiscence he has of his life consists of her. Two highschool proms, each highschool soccer recreation, school video games, all her help by way of mini camps, her help for his passion of drag racing.
It didn’t take 12 years to understand they had been meant to be collectively, he mentioned of the delayed marriage ceremony date.
“It took us this lengthy as a result of we have now supported each other by way of alternatives that got here up throughout this time,” he defined. “Sure, we have now needed to spend miles aside and generally months aside. Nevertheless, nothing made me happier than to see her observe her dream and see her succeed.”
Morgan went by way of nursing college and has been a trauma nurse for 2 years now at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Heart.
Earlier this yr, regardless of a pandemic, Tyler began his personal enterprise and has been making it work.
Hull Underground does directional drilling, he mentioned, reminiscent of drilling holes from a utility pole to a constructing in order that cellphone or web cable may be run by way of. He mentioned he does contract work for Spectrum.
And with the 2 of them settled and dealing in their very own careers, this was the time to lastly tie the knot, despite the fact that he’s felt married to her for years.
Tyler wrote a message to his beloved on Fb earlier than the marriage: “This marriage I hope is all the pieces you need it to be since you deserve it. I’m only a dime holding up a greenback. Love you at all times.”
The induction ceremony for the Corridor of Fame class was canceled this yr due to COVID-19, however organizers hope to reschedule that at a later date.