Wayne Graham said -- "Tyler has been great for us and he remains very projectable. He just needs to stay healthy."
Rice -- 2012: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Was on-target to have important dual hitting/pitching role before suffering a season-ending injury one week into the spring practices... Worked hard at recovering and went on to play locally for the Houston Wildcats over the summer... 2011: All-Silver Glove Series team for the season-long best-of-five games vs. crosstown rival Houston; Played in a total of 16 games, including 12 as a pitcher, four as a defensive substitute at first base and once as a designated hitter... Pitched, played first base and had an at bat all in one game (the very first meeting against Houston)... Started on the mound against Houston and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi... Posted an outstanding first career start for a victory in the second meeting with Houston, scattering two singles with no walks while striking out four in a career-best 6.0 innings... Also fired 2.0 scoreless frames with three strikeouts in the first Silver Glove game, and one-third of an inning at UH later in the year for a total of 8.1 scoreless innings vs. the Cougars... Averaged 6.5 strikeouts per nine innings of work... Held opposing hitters to a composite .276 average... Did not allow an earned run and held hitters to a .122 average during a stretch of 12.2 consecutive innings over a span of seven appearances... Winning pitcher in relief against Marshall... Error-free in six defensive chances in the field... Served as a substitute DH on opening day against Stanford and drew a walk... Played in the Cal Ripken Collegiate League (Baltimore) over the summer... 2010: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; One of four Owls who saw action as both a hitter (four games) and pitcher (once)... Pitched to two batters in the home-opener against Lamar... Finished third on the team with four pinch hit appearances (California, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Marshall and Houston)... Collected first career hit with a man on base and later scored a run against TAMUCC... Remained in the game as a defensive substitute at first base in the victory over the Islanders... Twice pinch hit from the right side for eventual major league draft pick Chad Mozingo (on the road at Marshall and at Houston in the Conference USA Tournament)... Was error-free in three defensive chances at first base.
High School - A 2009 graduate of The Woodlands High School, just north of Houston.... Named an honorable mention Louisville Slugger High School All-America by Collegiate Baseball... First team all-state as a senior... Tabbed as the 2009 first-team All-Greater Houston first baseman by the Houston Chronicle... Two-time first team all-District 14-5A honoree... Led the Highlanders to a 20-9-1 record as a senior by batting .465 with 12 home runs and an area-leading 54 RBI... Named to the the Texas Association of Sports Officials (TASO) All-Tournament squad as a junior... Two-sport star who was coached in baseball by Ron Eastman...
Personal - Full name: Tyler Matthew Spurlin. Born: June 17, 1991, in The Woodlands, Tex. Parents: Tim and Amy Spurlin of The Woodlands (two sisters). College: Sid Richardson