Tyler was one of 107 players named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award, given to the nation’s top offensive or defensive lineman or linebacker.
Curiously, he did not make the watch list for the Butkus Award, given to the country’s top linebacker. Five ACC players made that 51-person list but not Tyler, who earned first-team All-ACC honors by the coaches last year after finishing third in the league with 119 tackles.
Tyler, who will join quarterback Logan Thomas as one of the Hokies’ two player representative at the ACC’s media days next week, had previously been named to the watch list for the Nagurski Award, a defensive player of the year honor.
Players don’t have to be on the preseason watch list to win the award.
Nine ACC players made the Lombard watch list. In addition to Tyler, the following players made it: Georgia Tech defensive end Jeremiah Attaochu, Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald, North Carolina offensive tackle James Hurst, Florida State offensive guard Tre’ Jackson, defensive tackle Timmy Jernigan and linebacker Christian Jones, Virginia offensive tackle Morgan Moses and Clemson offensive tackle Brandon Thomas.
Here are other Hokies who have made previous watch lists: