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5 Mark Pyles

Career: Two-time All-Patriot League selection (Second Team in 2015 and 2016).

Career Statistics entering 2017: 31 games played, 20 games started, 158 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, four sacks, seven pass breakups, one forced fumble.

2017 (Senior): In second season as team captain with Abdullah Anderson, Joey DeFloria and Ben Richard ... ninth Bison to serve as team captain more than once ... One of 37 FCS players, and two Patriot League student-athletes, to be named a semifinalist for the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame's William V. Campbell Trophy®, often referred to as the "Academic Heisman" ... captured CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades.

2016 (Junior): In first year as team captain with Julién Davenport and Ben Schumacher ... Preseason All-Patriot League selection ... Second Team All-Patriot League linebacker ... earned Bucknell Football Leadership Award and Captains Award at team's postseason awards banquet ... appeared in and started nine games at linebacker after missing season's first two contests ... tied for fifth on team with 54 tackles ... registered 3.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, five pass breakups and one forced fumble ... six games with at least five tackles, including a season-high 10 against VMI.

2015 (Sophomore): Second Team All-Patriot League linebacker ... led team with 95 tackles, a figure that ranked tied for fifth in the Patriot League ... also posted 7.5 tackles for loss, two sacks and two breakups ... averaged 9.6 tackles per game over final eight contests ... had five double-figure tackle outings during that stretch ... season-high 14 tackles came at VMI ... first of three straight games with at least 10 stops ... season-high two tackles for loss at VMI and at Fordham ... also had a pass breakup vs. Keydets ... attempted a pass against Lafayette ... started all 11 games ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... named team’s Strength and Conditioning MVP at the conclusion of 2016 spring practice.

2014 (Freshman): Saw action in all 11 games ... member of special teams unit ... also played linebacker ... totaled nine tackles, including season-high three vs. Cornell ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... named team’s Strength and Conditioning MVP at the conclusion of 2015 spring practice.

Lebanon High School: Four-year football and baseball letterwinner … earned two letters in basketball … two-time football team captain … 4A All-State quarterback … first-team all-league quarterback and linebacker … LL League Player of the Year … Eastern PA Football First Team … Maxwell Football Club PA Player of the Year and Jim Henry Award winner … three-year baseball team captain … second-team all-league catcher … two-year basketball team captain.

Personal: Mark Joseph Pyles … born April 9, 1996 in Lebanon, Pennsylvania … son of Peter and Heidi Pyles … has one sister, Alexandra ... majoring in economics.

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 220
Year: Senior
Hometown: Lebanon, Pa.
High School: Lebanon
Graduating Year: 2014
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