2010 Scouting Report: Will vie for time in the rotation on the interior defensive line...is versatile enough to play every position on the front four, including both tackle spots...a coach's son, Tkach is impeccable in his execution and knowledge...a classroom standout who is a two-time selection to the Big East All-Academic Football Team.
2009: Moved to defensive tackle from end prior to his junior season...played in two games (USF and Syracuse).
2008: Played in seven games as a reserve defensive end...had one tackle on the season (at Navy).
2007: Played in all 12 games and had 10 tackles, 2.5 TFLs, a sack and fumble recovery...had a career-high four stops, including 2.5 TFLs and a nine-yard sack vs. Grambling... recovered a fumble while covering a punt at Virginia...Pitt gained possession at the UVA 22 and scored its first TD three plays later.
2006: Redshirted as a true freshman.
High School: Named to The Associated Press Pennsylvania Class AA All-State Team (first team) as a senior at Northern Lehigh...was a second-team AP All-State selection his junior year...2005 Pennsylvania Football News Class AA Defensive Player of the Year...2005 Maxwell Football Club Mini Max Award recipient...also a finalist for the Maxwell Football Club's Jim Henry Award, annually presented to the Area High School Player of the Year...first team All-Colonial League at both tight end and defensive end...three-year varsity starter who compiled 221 tackles and 22 sacks during his career...had 63 tackles and seven sacks his senior season...thrived as a blocking tight end and also led the team in receptions (13) and receiving yards (144) and had two touchdown catches...had 12 TD catches for his career...led Northern Lehigh to an 11-1 record and a runner-up finish in District 11 as a senior...helped team to a 14-1 record and berth in the PIAA Class AA state championship game as a sophomore...team went 35-4 (.897) during his three seasons as a starter...PrepStar All-East Region...rated one of the top 50 prospects in Pennsylvania by Rivals.com...played under Coach Jim Tkach, his father...also an all-state performer in the shot put and a two-year basketball letterman...named Northern Lehigh's Most Valuable Athlete.
Personal: Tyler Ryan Tkach, born 10/14/87, is the son of Jim and Sandi Tkach...has one sister and one brother (the late Bo Tkach)...father played football at Lycoming (Pa.) College from 1974-78...brother was a receiver at Wilkes (Pa.) University (2004-06)...sister played basketball at Wilkes (2002-06)...completed his bachelor's degree in business-marketing and is currently pursuing his MBA in Pitt's Katz Graduate School of Business.
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