Vanderbilt sees a 3-year starter on the offensive line reportedly enter the transfer portal
Vanderbilt is due to lose a veteran offensive lineman as left tackle Tyler Steen, a 3-year starter along the Commodores offensive line, is entering the transfer portal.
The news comes from Matt Zenitz of On3 Sports as the 6-foot-5 and 315-pounder out of Miami, Florida, who was a 3-star recruit out of St. Thomas Aquinas, has 2 seasons of eligibility remaining.
Steen redshirted in 2018 before starting at right tackle in 2019 and then moved over to left tackle in 2020. He struggled at times on the left side but played well on the right and could be a late-round NFL Draft prospect down the line at guard or right tackle. Steen will be a graduate transfer, per a source to 247Sports.
Here is his bio from Vanderbilt:
As a Senior (2021)
• Athlon Sports Preseason All-SEC (4th team)
As a Junior (2020)
• Started all nine games at left tackle
• Part of an offensive line that provided pass protection for the Commodores to rank 31st nationally in completion percentage (63.8)
• Worked with an offense that increased its total offensive yards per game, passing yards per game, passing yards per completion, passing yards per attempt and third-down conversion percentage from 2019 to 2020
• Provided pass protection for Ken Seals, who set the Vanderbilt freshman record with 1,928 passing yards
• Blocked for a trio of Seals’ 300-yard passing games, the third most in a Commodore career
As a Sophomore (2019)
• 12 games played
• Started every game at right tackle
• Only Commodore offensive lineman to start in all 12 games
As a Freshman (2018)
• One of 12 true freshmen to see action
• Four games played on the defensive line
• One tackle at Georgia
The Steen File
• Prepped at St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.)
• Led team to 11-3 record and regional title as a senior
• Born in Miami
• Full name is Tyler Maxwell Steen
• Son of Samantha and Daris Steen
• Father played football at LSU, retired Marine
• Two younger brothers, Blake and Dylan
• Grandfather is Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient
• Attended the same high school as Vanderbilt teammates Frank Coppet, Grant Miller, Julian Hernandez and DC Williams.
• Majoring in human and organizational development