By Alexis Saliba | Photography by Sydney Rader
East junior running back Tyler Glenn has made an impact on the field since his sophomore season. Scoring two touchdowns and rushing 183 yards in the first game of the 2015 season against the Loveland Tigers, who have a record of 1-3, Glenn has attention from multiple colleges.
“I’ve talked to a couple schools,” Glenn says. “University of Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Purdue, and about seven other schools so far.”
Although nothing is set in stone, Glenn explains that if given the option, he wishes to attend the University of Kentucky to continue his academic and football career.
“I’m really proud of him,” East junior and teammate Santino LaRubbio says. “We started playing football together in first grade in Tomahawks. He works hard. He deserves it.”
Glenn, who grew up watching his older brother play, says his familiarity of the sport has developed into a passion.
“He never gives up on a play,” Lakota East offensive coach Justin Frost says. “He’s like a mix of a Ferrari and a dump truck.”
Not only does Glenn give his best game for himself and his teammates but also for his younger brother. He hopes his younger brothers will follow in his footsteps as well.
“I want them to be better than me,” Glenn says. “Not just look up to me and want to be like me, but look up to me and want to work harder.”
Glenn notes that he worked hard over the summer to get physically stronger, which was obvious to the opposing team’s head coach in East’s first game against the Loveland Tigers.
“Tyler is a very strong and physical runner.” Loveland head coach Fred Cranford says. “He runs his legs very well, making him very hard to tackle.”
Lakota East defeated the Tigers 35-34 in the season opener on August 28. Glenn has been nominated for for WCPO Player of the Week after rushing 194 yards in the 42-14 win over the Northmont Thunderbolts. Glenn has established himself on the field by working well with his teammates and expects the team to have a good season.
“Everyone on the team is close, and we all get along,” Glenn says. “Sophomores, juniors and seniors all work well together. We’ll be great—better than last year.”