Jamel Lyles returns to Manitoba Bisons for 2017
WINNIPEG, MB. – The Manitoba Bisons football team announced the return of running back and kick returner Jamel Lyles to the team for the 2017 season.
Lyles, 20, had an amazing rookie campaign at Manitoba in 2015. The Surrey, B.C. native was named Canada West Rookie of the Year, a Canada West All-Star at two positions (running back and kick returner) plus was selected as a U SPORTS Second Team All-Canadian at the kick returner position.
In year one with the Bisons in 2015, Lyles led the conference and second in U SPORTS in all-purpose yards with 1,564. He was ninth in the country (third in Canada West) with 691 rushing yards while playing in all eight conference games. In kick returns, the multi-purpose player was tied for ninth in U SPORTS (third in conference) with 407 kickoff return yards and tied for first in U SPORTS and conference with one kickoff return TD plus Lyles was tenth in U SPORTS (second in conference) for punt return yards at 344 and tied for first in U SPORTS (tied for first in Canada West) with one punt return TD.
In 2016, Lyles played junior football with the Westshore Rebels and helped them win a conference title and continued to earn numerous awards and accolades. The 6’0″, 205 lbs. versatile player was the British Columbia Football Conference (BCFC) Outstanding Offensive Player and Top Offensive Back for 2016. Lyles helped the Rebels win the BCFC championship in the 2016 season and set a new conference rushing yards record with 1,604 (on 187 carries) plus scored 15 rushing TDs to lead the BCFC along with first in BCFC all-purpose yards at 2,370 yards (rush: 1,604; kick return: 390; punt return: 283; receiving: 93) in ten regular season games. In addition, he earned 2016 Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) Peter Dalla Riva Outstanding Offensive Player award after winning the CJFL rushing title and was a CJFL All-Canadian at running back.
Bison football head coach Brian Dobie talked about Lyles return, “Jamel has proven to be one of the most productive and dynamic football players in the nation. In 2015, he was conference rookie of the year and an integral part of the Bison offence. In 2016, Jamel had an incredible and dominating season in the BCFC, breaking Andrew Harris’ single-season rushing record. We are very much looking forward to Jamel returning to Manitoba and becoming a significant contributor to our offence.”
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