Tyler Honeycutt, a Midlothian native, has always been overwhelmingly in love with sports. And, today he finds himself right smack in the middle of all the SEC collegiate action, as he currently serves as the broadcast producer and editor for 12th Man Productions at Texas A&M in College Station.
His parents, Jeff and Donna Honeycutt, always joke that one of the first things their son ever read on his own was the sports page from “The Dallas Morning News.”
Honeycutt said, “Sports have been my passion for as long as I can remember. And now I can’t believe that I have found my dream job at Texas A&M University.”
Honeycutt graduated from A&M with a bachelor’s degree in marketing in May 2016. Before returning to his college alma mater, Honeycutt worked briefly as an assistant director for BaylorVision at Baylor University.
He admits that degree doesn't have a lot to do with what he’s doing now, but he explained, “I decided on marketing because of my interest in business, and I also thought it might help me enhance my creative side.”
As part of the 12th Man Productions team, this talented young man assists with many of the day-to-day college operations, including various work in the control room for Texas A&M’s linear and digital broadcasts to the SEC Network and ESPN family of networks. He also assists in the shooting, editing, and producing content for video board shows as well as for TV and social media.
Honeycutt described how no day at the office is like the one before it.
“One of the best parts of my job is the variety of my tasks," he explained. "One day I might be shooting an intro video for the soccer team. The next day I might be setting up a sit-down interview with the football team. Then the next, I might be preparing to broadcast a basketball game. No two days are the same here, and that's what makes the job stay so exciting and so fresh.”
Because of Honeycutt’s great love for sports, even at an early age, he tried a wide range of peewee and youth sports in the Midlothian area. He started soccer at age four and then began a five-year stint playing baseball. Briefly, he even tried the game of basketball.
But at age 11, he had finally found his passion, and he became very heavily involved in tennis lessons and USTA tournaments around the metroplex. He realized that he would have to give up his baseball in the effort to give his full attention to the game of tennis.
Honeycutt played tennis at Midlothian High School (2008—12), where he led the Panthers from the No. 1 position on the boys’ team.
He collected many honors and titles during his four varsity years at MHS which included 2nd in district spring-boys’ doubles (with Hunter Enderle, both juniors in 2011), 1st in district spring-mixed doubles (2012 with Jr. Lexi Hendrix). He was also voted as the most valuable player two different years by his tennis coaches and team.
To reinforce his sports background, his mother, Donna added, “While most five-year-olds were watching Power Rangers and Barney, my son was watching ESPN.”
In conclusion, Honeycutt said, “I really love where I'm at here at A&M. I love the University, and I love sports, so it doesn't get much better than this for me. It's also nice that I get to mix-in some freelance work with TV trucks every now and then. As far as my future plans go, I'd like to stay here for a while and learn the ropes, but if the right opportunity comes along, I'd have to consider it. But for now, I’m about as happy as happy can get.”