Rice defeated Marshall 41-24 to win the C-USA Championship on December 7.
Emerged from spring drills listed as the replacement for Michael Kutzler at linebacker... Member of 2013 C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Tied for team lead with 63 tackles...Recovered a muffed punt vs. UTEP to set up the Owls final score...Credited with a career-best 10 tackles at Marshall...Has reached career-high in tackles in consecutive games (had nine tackles vs. UTSA)...Had sacks in back to back games vs. Hawai'i and Army...Scored the Owls' second defensive touchdown in a three-game stretch last year, returning a blocked field goal for 62 yards and a TD vs. Houston...Credited with his career high of five tackles in his debut at Texas A&M.
Chipped in solid minutes at linebacker as a freshman... Made his first start at UTSA... Scored the Owls' second defensive touchdown in three games by returning a blocked field goal for 62 yards and a TD vs. Houston... Also shared his first career TFL vs. Houston... Made his debut with 5 tackles at Texas A&M.
Redshirted after having surgery during training camp... Was one of five winners of the 2012 NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Award for his academic achievement in high school and attended the 2012 NFF Awards Banquet in New York to receive his award.
DeSoto High School
All-District 11-5A selection as a senior for coach Claude Mathis at DeSoto HS... Finished his career with 430 career tackles, 35 TFL, five sacks, 14 pass breakups, nine forced fumbles, five fumbles recovered and three interceptions... Ranked 78th in ESPNU's Texas 150... Third-team preseason Super State selection by Dave Campbell's Texas Football and also a member of their Hot 300... National Honor Society... Spanish National Honor Society... Class officer as a junior... Texas ACT Council Award winner.
Full Name: Alexander Rashad Lyons... Born: Feb. 20, 1994 at Dallas... Parents: Sharonda Lyons and Danny Lyons... Rice major: Sport Management... Rice College: McMurtry.