Blum stands out on small stage

Tyler Blum might not play 11-man football now, but the talented two-way Iowa prospect certainly will.

Originally Published: October 14, 2004
By Tom Lemming | Special to ESPN Insider
I can't remember the last time anyone playing eight-man football earned All-American honors. However, this year Tyler Blum is an eight-man football standout who is certainly deserving of All-American honors. In fact, I recently named him to the West squad for the U.S. Army All-American game.

Tyler Blum
Tyler Blum made 50 solo tackles in 2003.
The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder is from the very small western Iowa town of Walnut. Blum dominated last season at both the tight end and defensive end positions. Last season, he caught 33 passes for 375 yards and 9 touchdowns and totaled 50 solo tackles, 10 quarterback sacks, 19 tackles for losses and picked off one pass. Well, he is off to an even better start this season. Blum has 75 tackles, seven quarterback sacks, one interception and three forced fumbles playing defensive tackle, defensive end and some linebacker in his first six games. On offense, he's caught 25 passes for 330 yards and five touchdowns.

Tyler is also a national name in wrestling, having taken state in the 215-pound weight class this past winter. Walnut High School combines with Atlantic High School to form quite a wrestling squad. Both schools are small enough, where they are allowed to combine athletes in wrestling and compete at the 2A level. Recruiting fans may recognize Atlantic high school as the school that produced former All-American offensive lineman Blake Larson four years ago.