Tyler Montain

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Tyler Montain
Image of Tyler Montain
Montain in Baltimore's Alternate Jersey
No. 98 – Austin Copperheads
Position:Defensive Tackle
Personal information
Born: (2014-10-24)October 24, 2014 (aged 33)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Los Alamitos
College:Louisiana State University
ISFL Draft:2038 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
DSFL Draft:2037 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2
Career history
Roster status:Active

Tyler "the Mountain" Montain (born October 24, 2014) is an American football defensive tackle for the Austin Copperheads of the National Simulation Football League (NSFL). Montain was drafted second overall in the 2038 ISFL Draft by the Baltimore Hawks. Previously, he was drafted second overall in the 2037 DSFL Draft by the Dallas Birddogs. Montain spent his first four professional games with the Tijuana Luchadores as a waiver claim. He is the brother of Asher Montain.

Early years

Born in Long Beach, CA to Elliot and Margot, Tyler showed an aptitude for athletic ability at a very early age. He attended Los Alamitos High School and lettered all four years in football for the Griffins. Averaging 115 tackles per season, Montain quickly made a name for himself at the state level.

Montain's athletic ability expanded off the football field and into power lifting and track and field where he excelled. In the bench press championship, Montain finished second with a a 415 pound lift. Montain also competed in squat (560 lbs) and clean jerk (320 lbs). As a track & field competitor, Montain competed at the state level in shot put, discus, and hammer throw.

Widely recognized as a three-star prospect, Montain was heavily recruited by many of the country's best schools. He was rated a top 50 defensive tackle nationally, and a top 75 recruit for the state of California.

College career

Montain accepted a scholarship to Louisiana State University, where he played all four years without missing a game. During his career, he totaled 193 tackles, including 42 tackles for loss, and 9 sacks. He was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year and a first-team All-American. In his first game with the Tigers, Montain recorded 2 sacks and 7 tackles for loss against rival Alabama.

Montain intended to declare for the DSFL after his Junior year for the 2036 Season, but was persuaded to spend another year in school by members of the coaching staff. When the team's season ended in a bitter loss in the SEC Championship, Montain decided he needed a better source of advice and was signed by semi-renowned sports agent Chett Ching. Under the advice of Mr. Ching, Montain entered Season 21 of the DSFL and was placed on waivers. Tyler was immediately picked up by the Tijuana Luchadores

Professional career

DSFL career

Tijuana Luchadores

Montain entered the DSFL after the 2036 season's trade deadline and was placed on waivers. He was signed to a temporary contract by the Tijuana Luchadores who needed to add depth on their defensive line. He spent four games with the Luchadores and recorded six tackles during the team's playoff push. Tijuana failed to make the playoffs, however, which sent Montain back into the draft pool.

Dallas Birddogs

Montain was selected second overall by the Dallas Birddogs in the 2037 DSFL Draft. As a defensive leader, Montain was made the first team captain of the 2037 season. Tyler started all 14 games in his first full professional season, racking up solid numbers as a "Troublemaker". Montain, along with Yuuto Kira Cloudera made up the core of the defensive line for the Birddogs, leading to the fourth best run-stopping performance of the season. Tyler recorded five sacks on the season, putting him in second place for all defensive tackles. He also recorded thirty-five tackles (tied for sixth) and one fumble recovery (tied for first) on the season. The Birddogs started the year with a 1-3 performance in the preseason utilizing fewer schemes in order to mask their strategy going into the regular season. They started off the regular season with a huge win at home over the Minnesota Grey Ducks. Montain started the game, but didn't appear to be able to beat Minnesota's stacked offensive line recording zero tackles and one penalty. In week two, the Birddogs traveled to Myrtle Beach for an important conference match up. The Birddogs were trounced 26-6, but Montain's performance improved as he tied Blade McCoy for most tackles on the day with eight. The rest of the season followed the pattern, with Dallas rarely having any record other than .500. They would end the season even at 7-7 narrowly missing a playoff spot with a loss in Week 11 to the Norfolk Seawolves. In a defensive struggle that saw Montain finish with two tackles and a sack, the Seawolves managed to drive to the Dallas 29 and kick the game winning field goal with two seconds left on the clock. In his second to last game with Dallas, Tyler was able to play against his brother, Asher Montain. Neither of the Montain brothers had great games, with Tyler recording only two tackles. Both brothers did, however, receive a 15 yard penalty. The last game of the season was played away against the Kansas City Coyotes where the Birddogs won 31-23. Montain recorded four tackles to finish out his DSFL career.

In preparation for the NSFL draft, Montain participated in the NSFL Scouting Combine. As a power lifter, it was no surprise to see Montain record 47 reps on the bench press, tying the second highest score ever recorded in the event.

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40‑yd dash 20‑ss 3‑cone Vert jump Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 6 in
(1.98 m)
310 lb
(141 kg)
4.44 s 4.51 s 7.77 s 26.6 in
(0.68 m)
9 ft 6.7 in
(2.91 m)
47 reps 20

ISFL career

Baltimore Hawks

In the 2038 NSFL Draft Montain was once again selected second overall, this time by the Baltimore Hawks. The Baltimore Hawks' season began in dramatic fashion with a major upset over the eventual Ultimus champions, Yellowknife Wraiths. While the team managed a great win, Montain was nearly invisible on the field recording zero tackles despite starting. After shaking his first game jitters, he next outing was much better for Montain who recorded seven tackles and one tackle for loss in a narrow loss against the Colorado Yeti. Over the next several games, Montain averaged just under two tackles a game and spent most of his time stuffing the middle of the opposing team's line. Baltimore went an even four and four, losing one major blowout against the Philadelphia Liberty but keeping most of their other games close and even winning by a large margin at home against the Sarasota Sailfish. During this run, the Hawks managed a huge upset over league favorite, Orange County Otters where they managed to hold the Otters running backs to 80 yards on 20 attempts. Montain's next big game came in week eleven against the Honolulu Hahalua, resulting in a 14-10 comeback win. Montain recorded his first ISFL sack, and added seven tackles and one for loss. He would record two more sacks and his first ISFL penalty in the next three games. In a rough week 16 game away at Sarasota that could have sent the Hawks to the playoffs, Montain recorded two tackles and two penalties for nineteen total yards in a loss to the Sailfish to end his rookie season in the ISFL.

For the first time since his college days, Montain hit the field without a Rookie designation. As a second year veteran, Montain had a breakout season starting with the Baltimore Hawks. Nine games into the season Montain was traded, sending him back to Texas to play for the Austin Copperheads. In his first nine games Montain nearly bested previouis his stat line with thirty tackles and improved on the last season with five sacks and two tackles for loss. He would finish the season with forty-eight tackles, two for loss, and, doubling his total from the previous year, six sacks. To start the year against the Sailfish, Montain managed an early fumble recovery before nearly disappearing in the one-sided defeat. Montain and the Hawks defense managed to pick things back up in the fourth quarter to hold the Sailfish scoreless, however the offense was unable to produce leading to a loss in Sarasota. In the home opener, Montain obtained his first sack of the season on first down, which eventually lead to the Hawks holding the Butchers to a field goal. With another three tackles throughout the game, the Hawks notched their first win of the season. Montain would finish his time with the Hawks winning only two of the remaining nine games. During this time, he recorded a multi-sack game taking down Luke Skywalker twice on the way to their third win of the season.

Austin CopperHeads

After week nine of the 2039 ISFL Season, Montain was sent to the Copperheads in a blockbuster trade in exchange for Austin's 2040 first round pick, Gregor Macgregor, and Korbin Brown. Montain's start with the Copperheads was less than impressive as the team went on a three game losing streak. The Copperheads bounced back and won three of their last four, but failed to secure a playoff berth ending their season.

Professional career statistics

Career statistics Tackles Safeties Touchdowns Blocks
Season Team Games Tck TFL FF/FR Sck Sfty TD Blk P/XP/FG
2036 Luchadores 4 6 0 0/0 0 0 0 0/0/0
2037 Birddogs 14 35 0 0/1 5 0 0 0/0/0
2038 Hawks 16 39 2 0/0 3 0 0 0/0/0
2039 Hawks/Copperheads 16 48 2 0/2 6 0 0 0/0/0