"He has a high football IQ, but he also has good instincts, too. He has 'it.' It's hard to describe 'it,' but he has it. He has that ability to think on the fly and make the right plays."
A combination of football smarts and skills provides Tucker the ability to excel under pressure.
"It's always fun when you get to improvise," Tucker said. "If a play breaks down, I love to make something happen; make a negative play positive. It just gives me energy, I guess."
In addition to a deep understanding of the game's concepts, Tucker boasts other key intangible traits, Tennant said.
"I would say he's definitely - his greatest strength is his heart," Tennant said. "It doesn't hurt that he's a fast kid with a good arm either.
"His toughness is also key in this, because he takes a lot of shots. He takes some brutal hits and he don't get up slow. He pops right up and I know when he's laying in bed Saturday morning, I know he's feeling it. When you see these licks, you know they hurt, but he'll never show it, and that's just the competitor in him. You have to love the way he plays the game of football."
Whether by his tenacity or his statistics, Tennant said Tucker has become among the team's leaders.
"This year, I truly believe he's earned the respect of his teammates," he said.
While Ripley may not have achieved the record it had hoped to attain this year, Tennant said the team continues to fight and the future bodes well with Tucker in tow.
"Knowing that we have him coming back next year is big for us," he said. "We have that leadership to build on."