Sports Extra: Each Experience a Plus for Hartman

Tysyn Hartman

Sept. 14, 2011

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By Mark Janssen

Tysyn Hartman chuckles at the thought of how prepared he is to be an assistant football coach.

You see, in five K-State football seasons, Hartman has been coached by six different assistant coaches.

“I look at it as a plus for the real world,” said the 6-foot-3, 206-pound Wildcat safety. “In the real world you’re going to have all kinds of bosses including some you’re not going to like, but you will always have to listen, try to learn, and be productive.”

Recruited by K-State offensive coordinator James Franklin in 2007, Hartman came out of Wichita’s Kapaun High School as a three-year starting quarterback and defensive back.

After a redshirt season, Hartman stayed at quarterback under the guidance of quarterback coach Warren Ruggiero in 2008, but was then moved to safety in the fourth week of the season where he was coached by Tim Tibesar.

With Ron Prince going out and Bill Snyder coming in, Hartman would be coached by Vic Koenning in 2009, Greg Burns in 2010 and now Tom Hayes in 2011.

“Each was similar, yet different in their teachings,” said Hartman. “All of them cared about their players. Coach Franklin and coach Burns were both very personable, while coach Ruggiero and coach Hayes are not real outspoken, but talk to you in a conversational style. (Laughing) Coach Koenning was not afraid to get after you.”

Hartman, a 2011 Wildcat captain, has now played in 38 games with 189 tackles to his credit heading into Saturday’s 6:10 kickoff against Kent State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. In 2009, he was named honorable mention All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches on the field.

That’s on the field.

Off the field, Hartman has been a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection and has already secured a finance degree leaving him with such high level courses as “golf, bowling and some on-line classes” to take this past summer and during his fall semester.

“Honestly, it’s not that difficult to graduate in four years,” said Hartman. “I had a few credits out of high school, and then you take at least 12 hours per semester and six hours each summer.

“I was going to work on my MBA (Masters in Business Administration), but the classes conflicted with football practice, so it didn’t work,” said Hartman. “But it’s been a deal where you try to take your easier classes during the season, and then play catch-up in the spring with the tougher classes.”

Back to the field, Hartman said of his early career position move from quarterback to safety, “It was great for me. It allowed me to get on the field quicker rather than play another season behind Josh (Freeman).”

Today as a last-line defender, he continues to put that quarterbacking experience to good use.

“I try to take full advantage of having been coached at this level to be a quarterback,” said Hartman, who has had seasons of 49, 54 and 86 tackles in his first three seasons. “When I’m playing coverages, I’ve already learned of possible route combinations and how offenses like to attack the coverage we might be in. Having that in mind before a play is run can be a great advantage.”

Hartman has also seen growth as a team leader on defense with coach Bill Snyder calling his style being somewhere between rah-rah and leading by example.

“He can speak his peace, and he’s not hesitant to do that,” said Snyder. “He’s like you’d think a senior leader to be. He has a very positive approach about things. He knows this is his last go-round and he addresses himself that way.”

What Hartman wants more than anything in this final season is to be better collectively than a year ago when K-State allowed teams to run at will averaging 231 ground yards, and a total of 379 yards in total offense per game.

“We’re going to be better at stopping the run,” Hartman promised. “That has been our focus since the end of last year. We have to stop teams from moving north and south.”

And how might that happen?

“I think we’re playing better as a team. The game is going slower and we’re playing faster,” said Hartman. “As for me personally, I’m not waiting. I’m playing more as an aggressor and attacking the ball carrier.”

Wildcat Notes
Depth Chart Moves: The biggest move on the depth chart was at left guard where Nick Puetz, a 6-4, 306-pound junior, has moved ahead of Keenan Taylor.

Elsewhere, Jordan Allred, a 6-4, 300-pound junior has returned to offensive guard after a look at defensive tackle.

Snyder said the move was to “add some depth” to the offensive line. “We had a group of guys on defense that were all performing about the same, and he was the only one with offensive experience where we need some depth.”

1-2-3 at Running Back: Snyder indicated that John Hubert would continue to be the No. 1 running back, with Angelo Pease running second-team and Bryce Brown third-team.

Reserved Seating Gone: K-State announced that all reserved tickets for Saturday’s Kent State game have been sold and only 500 general admission seats in Section 28 remain. They are priced at $20, or four for $75.

Tickets can be purchased through www.k-statesports.com/tickets, by phone at 1-800-221-CATS, or through the ticket office inside Bramlage Coliseum.

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