After serving as a capable back-up as a redshirt freshman last season, Stargel enters 2014 as one of the leading candidates to start at defensive end... hopes to help fill the void of the loss of starters Jeremiah Attaochu and Emmanuel Dieke... has played linebacker and defensive end... a good student who has made the Dean's List and the ACC Academic Honor Roll.
2013 (redshirt freshman): Played in 11 games... learned a great deal from Attaochu and defensive line coach Mike Pelton... made a tackle at Miami (Oct. 5).
2012 (true freshman): Redshirted.
High School: Gulf Shores HS... played for head coach Ben Blackmon... attended Pickens HS outside of Atlanta as a freshman before family moved to Alabama... rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout... finished his senior season with 79 tackles, three sacks, four blocked kicks, three caused fumbles and a fumble recovery... his 79 stops led the league and was fourth in the state... a second team all-state and an all-region pick.
Personal: Full name is Tyler Dean Stargel... born Nov. 23, 1993 in Marietta, Ga... son of Dennis and Rhonda Stargel... started playing football at age eight... enjoys listening to live music and is learning the guitar... chose Tech because the "academics are second to none"... was a four-year member of the Honor Roll and a National Honor Society in high school... majoring in business administration.