Jordan Lyons has encountered his share of physical challenges during his Nittany Lion career, but has the opportunity to become a significant contributor in his redshirt junior season. He missed a good portion of spring practice and the Blue-White game with a shoulder injury, but should be 100 percent entering preseason practice. Tight end positions will be up for grabs, with returning starter Andrew Quarless the only player firmly established in the rotation. A standout prep quarterback, the talented athlete earned the opportunity to play in the 2004 season-opener against Akron as a true freshman and made one catch. But, two weeks later he sustained a shoulder injury that ended his season and he was granted a medical redshirt. Lyons worked hard during his rehabilitation and was able to return for spring drills in 2005 and played in five of the first six games during the Big Ten Championship season. But, against Ohio State he suffered an injury to his right ankle that required surgery. Lyons missed the rest of the regular-season but returned to play in the FedEx Orange Bowl. Lyons has great size, hands and strength and has the opportunity to be a significant contributor this fall as a receiver and blocker. Lyons owned a 3.18 grade-point average through the spring semester and is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate. He was on schedule to graduate in August.
2006 Junior Season
Lyons gained valuable playing time on offense and special teams as a reserve tight end. He played in six games and was on the field for 58 snaps, led by 21 against Akron.
2005 Sophomore Season
Lyons returned from his shoulder injury to play in six games, backing up Isaac Smolko and Patrick Hall. He played in five of the first six games, but against Ohio State suffered an injury to his right ankle that required surgery. Lyons missed the rest of the regular-season but returned to play in the FedEx Orange Bowl. He was on the field for 33 snaps, led by 10 against Minnesota.
2004 Freshman Season
Lyons made his collegiate debut in the first game of his true freshman season and played in two games before a shoulder injury sidelined him for the remainder of the campaign. He was granted a medical redshirt. In the season-opener with Akron, Lyons made one catch for six yards. He also saw action against UCF, but during practice the following week suffered the season-ending shoulder injury.
Lyons was a standout quarterback for Coach Dale Wiggins at Woodward Academy. He earned Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia Sportswriters Association Class AAAA all-state honors as well as All-South Metro Conference laurels. During his senior season, he threw for 1,420 yards and 15 touchdowns, leading his team to the second round of the state playoffs.
Full name is Jordan Whitney Lyons. His father, Thomas, was an All-American lineman at Georgia and played for the Denver Broncos for eight seasons. He is a management major in the Smeal College of Business. Born June 17, 1986.