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January 16, 2008

Will another Lyons become a Mountaineer?

MORGANTOWN--Another wide receiving Lyons may want to join the West Virginia football roster for the spring or summer and be ready to play by fall.

Devon Lyons, older brother of Mountaineer Wes, would like to transfer from Ohio State, according to his father, Wes Sr., of North Braddock, Pa.

Wes Lyons, Jr., is a two-year lettering wide receiver for new WVU head football coach Bill Stewart's team.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound Devon has been on the Ohio State roster as a wide receiver for four seasons, one of which was spent red-shirting (2005), in a career that has been marred by an ankle injury.

Because Wes Sr., suffers from cardiomyopathy, a serious disease in which the heart muscle becomes inflamed and doesn't work as well as it should, Devon could transfer here under an NCAA hardship case and be eligible right away. The junior has one year of eligibility remaining.

Lyons Sr., told West Virginia Sports Report Wednesday morning that Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, assistant head coach Darrell Hazell, and Stewart were working to make the connection.

Devon Lyons had failed to return a reporter's phone call as of Wednesday afternoon.

Hazell was unavailable for comment on Wednesday. Stewart unlikely could talk about the possibility of a prospect transferring to his school.

Devon Lyons has seen little time playing behind leading receiver Brian Robiskie in the Buckeye lineup, but he showed great promise as a wide receiver-defensive back playing for Woodland High School. The all-area prospect ran the 100, 200 meters and was a member of Woody's 4X100 relay track team.

He his most productive season at Ohio State came in 2004 when the then-true freshman played in 11 games, caught 2 passes for 15 yards (7.5).

Ohio State statistics show no other receptions for the other two seasons he has been an active member of the roster.


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