Redshirt junior tight end #18 Tyler Cogswell quietly goes about his business and works his tail off. Listed at 6’5” 254 lbs., Cogswell grew up in Coral Springs, Florida. He played quarterback at American Heritage High School as a Big-Ben-style, drop-back passer. He was regarded as a 3-star recruit, listed in the top 100 players in Florida, and considered a top-30 pocket passer in the nation.
Tyler was recruited during the first year of the Tommy Tuberville regime. He fell in love with the campus facilities and recent success UC has had on the football field. For the past 2 seasons he has earned playing time on special teams and limited action at the tight end spot. Last year he scored his first career TD against Miami (FL). This season he is seeing significantly more playing time, both blocking out of the backfield and catching passes under Zac Taylor’s offense. So far he has played in all five games and has 2 catches for 42 yards. He wears number #18 because it was available and he’s not one to gripe or complain about anything, let alone a jersey number.
His favorite thing to do in Cincinnati is to eat sushi at Mr. Sushi. He also loves to go deep sea fishing and bowling. He is now a converted Cincinnati Reds fan and sporting event enthusiast. He enjoys Pokémon Go, Star Wars, and playing Madden when he has time to relax.
Cogswell already earned his bachelor’s degree in finance last semester. He is now working on his MBA, which he will finish before his playing days at UC are over. Taking between 18-20 credit hours a semester and 5 classes in the summer has surely paid off. Tyler has found time to visit home during the limited breaks he receives since his whole family resides in Florida.
A workaholic on and off the field, Cogswell plans to pursue an opportunity in the NFL. He will then put his many business degrees and internships to use earned on scholarship and conquer a career in finance. #18 is a role model for future players to look up to in considering the opportunities and importance of earning your education while still being an athlete.
By Andy Smith