Port Coquitlam’s Brad Lyons won’t have to travel far if he’s to embark on a career in professional football.
The Terry Fox secondary school grad, who just completed his senior year as a defensive lineman for the Simon Fraser University Clan, was selected by the B.C. Lions in the seventh round of last Thursday’s Canadian Football League draft.
Lyons had 21 tackles in nine games last season, capping a collegiate career during which he was named an honourable mention for All-Conference in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference three times.
The 6ft-3in 250 pound Lyons began his post-secondary career in 2013 at South Dakota State. But after a year as a red-shirt in which he saw no game action on the field, he returned home to reassess his football options for a year before attending St. Cloud State University in Minnesota. He appeared in 11 games there and was credited with nine tackles.
In Lyons’ three seasons at SFU after transferring from Minnesota, he had 52 solo tackles, 90 tackles and 13 sacks in 28 games.