Tucker was a high schoolsprint champion in the 100 and 200 meters. He ran track at Wisconsin and finished second in the Big Ten100 m dash in 2002. He earned a letter in his freshman year of 1999. He was a top backup and nickel back in 2000, when was in on 22 tackles and broke up seven passes. He started the first two games in 2001. He had 15 tackles and broke up two passes. In 2002, he had five interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.