October 18, 2007

Lyons getting comfortable in WVU attack

MORGANTOWN-- Heading into West Virginia's season opener against Western Michigan, Wes Lyons wondered if he'd ever catch a break, or a meaningful pass, as a Mountaineer. The 6-foot-8 receiver struggled with the intricate WVU offense as a true freshman in 2006, and as his second fall camp wrapped up, a nagging knee injury presented a new obstacle.

"That first year was kind of shaky," said the product of Pittsburgh's Woodland Hills High School, who caught just four passes for 39 yards last season, with three of them coming in a blowout win over Eastern Washington. "Then, I hurt my knee at the end of summer workouts. It was like no matter how hard I tried, something kept holding me back."

Lyons' injury was to his right meniscus, the cartilage that provides support when the knee experiences tension or torsion. Just when he thought he was ready to put a difficult first season behind him, the WVU training staff informed Lyons that he would need to have his knee scoped on the eve of fall camp.

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