• John Macon Gillespie

Rupert Looking To Dominate At Fortius Project

If one were to ask 2019 defensive back Tyler Rupert of any of his other teammates to pin point one word to describe West Point football, they majority of them would select “dominant” as their word. The numbers and facts do back up their claim, having outscored their opponents 586-103 en route finishing with a perfect 15-0 record and winning their ninth state championship in school history this past season. The team was also widely regarded as the top team in the state regardless of classification. This was the first perfect season for the program since 1989.

“What made last season so special was that we wanted another one, and every time we got on the field, we wanted to completely dominate,” Rupert told SES Mississippi.

Rupert is a corner with bad intentions when he and the rest of his defensive unit take the field. Last season, Rupert finished with 37 total tackles and a team tying four interceptions. One of those interceptions came on the biggest stage, the state championship game against Hattiesburg, he was one of three Green Wave defenders to pick off Snoop Conner that night. The aggressiveness that was shown that night on defense is nothing new. That Green Wave defense has been playing like that for years now.

“On defense, we just compete. We are more aggressive than any of our opponents. We are more disciplined. We get to the ball no matter what,” Rupert said.

Dominance is pretty much all that Rupert has ever known, growing up around that and the success that came as a result.

“It’s West Point, we love football, we are Green Wave until we die. It means a lot, we do it for the community, we love it,” Rupert said.

With the Fortius Project combine looming, Rupert is ready to take his game to the next level and become a factor in the opponent’s backfield as well as polishing up attributes similar to Arizona Cardinal safety Tyrann Mathieu, a player that he compares his game to.

“I’m trying to get more and more edgier at the Fortius Project and go out there and dominate,” Rupert said.

He and his team are looking to win their third state championship in a row in 2018, which make it the first time that the team has won that many consecutively since the late 80’s.

***Photo Courtesy of Second String Photos

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