Don’t expect to see Tyler Lantrip on some high school or college sideline as a coach anytime soon.
“I love the game and it’s something I might consider someday,” the Nevada Wolf Pack backup quarterback said Monday. “But I think I need a little time away from the game before I make that decision.”
Lantrip, who is in his sixth year in the Wolf Pack program, has been praised on more than one occasion by head coach Chris Ault for his contributions on the sideline this season.
“I’m going to have to start paying him a coach’s salary,” said Ault after the Pack’s 45-38 victory over Fresno State last Saturday. “He’s been awesome helping Cody (Fajardo) out.”
Fajardo, who took over the starting quarterback duties from Lantrip three games ago, also couldn’t say enough about Lantrip.
“He’s helped me out a lot,” said Fajardo, a red-shirt freshman. “He is like another quarterback coach out there. He sees things I definitely don’t see. So, yeah, he should get paid for what he does.”
Lantrip, who already has his undergraduate degree in finance and economics, will earn his master’s degree in December.
“Every time I came off the field (against Fresno) he had something for me,” Fajardo said. “And I went back out there and did what he told me to do and it was right on the money each and every time.”
Lantrip, who waited five years for his chance to start, has been the ultimate team player this season after losing his starting job after four games.
“As the backup quarterback you are kind of like another coach,” said Lantrip, who has passed for 995 yards and five touchdowns this year. “The main thing is that I just need to stay focused and see what the defense is doing because I might pick up something everybody else might not see. Everyone sees different things out there and if I can help in some way that’s what I’m going to do.”
Lantrip holds the distinction of being the quarterback who has studied Ault’s pistol offense longer (six years) than any other quarterback in history. Colin Kaepernick was in the program for five years.
“I got the chance to see a lot of quarterbacks play in this offense, from Jeff Rowe, to Nick Graziano to Kap,” Lantrip said. “I’ve seen this offense evolve a lot over the years and how defenses try to stop it. So if I can draw on something from my past that might help Cody out, that’s what I’m going to do.”
Lantrip definitely has enough expertise in the pistol to go out and give seminars on the offense.
“I would definitely have to get Coach Ault’s permission for that,” he smiled.