Mt. Vernon grad senior DL for Sycamores


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Raise your hand if you’d play with a torn groin muscle.

Raise your hand if joining a program coming off a 33-game losing streak peaks your interest.

Raise your hand if playing college football was not only your dream as a high school freshman, but you then put in the necessary labor and dedication to make it happen.

Raise your hand, Tyler Stafford.

Now a senior at Indiana State University, the 2009 Mt. Vernon graduate has played a role in the Sycamores’ streak of three straight winning seasons, not a small feat when considering the year before Stafford arrived in Terre Haute, Indiana State had just ended the fourth-longest losing streak in Division I history.

Stafford’s journey to Vigo County was an arduous one.

As a ninth-grader at MV, Stafford clearly stated his intentions to then coach Doug Peacock: he wanted to play college football.

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