Mark Pyles is living proof that we reap what we sew. Work hard enough, and it can take us anywhere.
Not only has Pyles earned a starting position on the Bucknell University football team in less than two years on campus, hiis persistence and dedication have now produced an all-star nod.
Earlier this week, Pyles was honored as a Patriot League second-team, all-star selection at outside linebacker. The former Lebanon High linebacker and quarterback was one of 11 sophomores chosen to all-Patriot League teams.
During his sophomore season, Pyles led the Bison in tackles with 95 total, 53 solo and 42 assists. Seven-and-a-half of those tackles were for loss and two were sacks.
Through his commitment to the weight room, training and learning the Bucknell defensive play book, Pyles earned a starting job with the Bison during the off-season. During spring practice, Pyles earned Bucknell’s 2015 strength and conditioning MVP.
A 2014 graduate of Lebanon High, Pyles led the Cedars to a District Three Class AAAA playoff appearance in his senior season. Pyles was also selected to represent Lebanon High in the 2014 Big 33 High School Football Classic in Hershey.
– Jeff Falk