Rice Football Awards Banquet
Per tradition, the members of the senior class were carried from the field after their last practice at Rice Stadium.
Rice downed UTEP 44-24 on Senior Day 2016
Rice rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat Charlotte 22-21 on November 12.
Rice hosted FAU at Rice Stadium on November 5.
Rice faced Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on October 1.
Two-time co-captain who closed out a standout career with 38 consecutive starts at linebacker and 271 career tackles... Honorable mention All-Conference USA as a senior...Three-time C-USA Honor Roll member.
Finished 2016 with a career-best 91 tackles and combined with Emmanuel Ellerbee for 209 tackles the most for a duo at Rice since Izzo (122) and Jay Lamy (97) combined f or 219 in 1995... Recorded his third career 10 tackle game at Army... Two of his three 10 tackle efforts came against Army.... Consensus preseason All C-USA choice and preseason All-Texas College by Dave Campbell's Texas Football
Team leader with 77 tackles... Tied his career-high with 10 tackles vs. Army, including three consecutive stops to force Army into a game-tying field goal with 2:13 left... In the Owls' last two wins--after the Owls took late leads--Lyons had tackles on five of 12 opponent snaps and also had a PBU... Led Owls with nine tackles at FAU, three in the fourth quarter including the clinching sack on 4th down with less than a minute to go... Preseason All C-USA choice by Phil Steele and on the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch list.
Led the team with 71 tackles as a sophomore... Credited with a career-high 10 stops at Marshall... Closed out season by setting career-high with eight solo stops vs. Fresno State in the Hawai'i Bowl... Tied with Graysen Schantz for the lead among returning players with three sacks last year... Recovered a muffed punt vs. UTEP to set up the Owls final score... Credited with a career-best 10 tackles at Marshall... Had sacks in back-to-back games vs. Hawai'i and Army.
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.