HUNTINGTON — When Marshall’s football team takes the field for 2019 preseason practice, it will be without one of its leaders along the defensive front from 2018.

Ty Tyler, an All-Conference USA second-team selection in 2018, announced via Twitter on Saturday that he has committed to the University of Louisville as a graduate transfer.

“I am honored and overwhelmed to announce I am committed to University of Louisville,” Tyler said as part of a tweet he sent just after 4 p.m. Saturday.

The announcement comes one month from the day which it came to light that Tyler was in the NCAA’s transfer portal.

Tyler’s versatility and experience will be difficult for the Thundering Herd to replace.

The 6-foot-3, 260-pound redshirt senior from Punta Gorda, Florida, excelled as both a defensive end and defensive tackle for the Herd, using his versatility to consistently wreak havoc in the backfield against opposing offenses.

In 36 career games with the Herd, Tyler had 91 tackles with 21 tackles for loss and 13.5 quarterback sacks with two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

The 2018 season was one of Tyler’s best as he finished with 44 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss — nine of which were sacks, which led him to the nomination as an All-Conference USA second-team selection.

At Louisville, Tyler has one year of eligibility left.