12/26/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: C Tyler Larsen is one of the senior leaders in Utah State's experienced offensive line. One of six finalists for the 2013 Rimington Trophy, which is given annually to the most outstanding center in college football, Larsen has played in 51 straight games for Utah State. The 6-foot-4, 312-pound senior center anchors an offensive line that ranked fourth in the Mountain West and tied for 37th in the nation with an average of 32.6 points per game. - The Sports Xchange
12/19/13 - 2013 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES/MEDIA): OL Tyler Larsen, Sr., Utah State,...Larsen becomes just the ninth Aggie in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection joining Kent Ryan (1934-35-36), Murray Maughan (1938-39-40), Ralph Maughan (1942, 46-47), Guy McClure (1979-80-81), Dave Kuresa (1982-83-84), Brent Passey (1998-99-2000), Emmett White (1999-2000-01) and Bobby Wagner (2009-10-11). Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound senior center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS) graded out above 86 percent in every game this year and above 90 percent five times, while recording 46 knockdowns. - Utah State football
12/09/13 - 2013 REMINGTON TROPHY FINALIST: Tyler Larsen, Utah State...Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound senior offensive center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS), has earned first-team all-conference honors as both a sophomore and junior. As a senior, he has graded out above 86 percent in every game and above 90 percent six times, while recording 49 knockdowns. Overall, Larsen has played in 51 straight games at Utah State.
This season, Larsen has anchored an offensive line that has helped Utah State rank fourth in the Mountain West and tied for 37th in the nation with an average of 32.6 points per game despite losing five players to season-ending injuries, including staring quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton. USU's offense also ranks fourth in the MW and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency (138.1), fifth in the MW and 33rd in the nation in completion percentage (.619), sixth in the MW and 41st in the nation in rushing offense (178.8 ypg), sixth in the MW and 49th in the nation in total offense (420.9 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 55th in the nation in passing offense (242.1 ypg). - Utah State football
Larsen may be best suited to play in a zone blocking scheme or something that would take advantage of his athletic ability. With added strength, Larsen could be an effective pivot in a power scheme, but he is more ready to contribute in a more athletic scheme. In a zone blocking scheme, Larsen has the potential to come in and start, but might be best served to sit and learn for a year. It might also benefit him to have to fight to earn a job. He has not really had to worry about his job his entire collegiate career while at Utah State and having to compete and earn a starting job could drive him to give more effort and make him a better competitor.
In so many ways, Larsen resembles Rodney Hudson of the Kansas City Chiefs. Hudson was an extremely athletic center at Florida State and did everything so well in terms of his technique. Hudson was really undersized and came into the NFL needing to add more power. As a result, Hudson played his heart out on every single snap he had. He had to in order to survive both in college and in the NFL. This is the key difference between he and Larsen. Hudson plays every snap like it’s his last which is why he has been successful for the Chiefs. Larsen could be everything that Hudson is and potentially be better, but he has to find the fire that Hudson brings to the game to achieve that level of success.
Larsen brings so much to the table that NFL teams will like. He has a significant amount of experience playing the position. Little will surprise him when it comes to the center position. Larsen also has great athletic ability and range to play the position in addition to understanding the technical aspects of his position. Larsen needs to get more powerful as he goes to the NFL, but the bigger question with Larsen comes down to how badly he wants to be good and how much effort he puts into being a great player. He has rarely showed the willingness to finish opponents or even plays to the whistle and appears to look to stop playing and move onto the next one the second he has done what he envisions is his job for a given play. Perhaps Larsen just needs to be challenged or maybe he just does not love the game of football the way a lot of players do. This is something that NFL teams will have to get answered when it comes to interviews. Larsen has the ability to be a top 100 pick and potentially start depending on the team that selects him, but depending on how he answers questions about his effort and passion for the game, Larsen appears more likely to go on day three with the possibility of going undrafted if he really bombs in interviews.