Bucknell Football BIO
5 Mark Pyles
2017 William V. Campbell Trophy® Semifinalist ... 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 ... 2017 FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team ... three-time All-Patriot League (2017, 2016, 2015) ... 2017 All-Patriot League First Team ... 2017 Academic All-Patriot League
Career Statistics: 42 games played, 31 games started, 231 tackles (131 solo), 19 tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks, 11 defended passes, one forced fumble, one interception
2017 (Senior): Served as team captain with Abdullah Anderson, Joey DeFloria and Ben Richard ... became ninth Bison to serve as team captain more than once (fifth since 1950) ... All-Patriot League First Team and Academic All-Patriot League honoree ... captured CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 accolades ... 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" ... FCS ADA Academic All-Star Team ... one of six Bison to start all 11 games, starting at Sam linebacker ... finished second on the team in tackles (73) and solo stops (40) ... third with eight tackles for a loss ... also posted 3.5 sacks, four defended passes and first career interception against Lehigh on Nov. 4 ... reached double digits in tackles against Sacred Heart on Sept. 23 (12) and Lehigh (10) ... posted season-high two tackles for a loss against Marist on Sept. 2 and at Fordham on Nov. 18 ... had two sacks against the Rams ... made hs 200th career tackle on Oct. 14 at Cornell ... received Bucknell's Bison Gridiron Club Award as Team MVP and Captains Award ... presented Bucknell's Robert A. Latour Service Award for extraordinary service to Bucknell and local communities ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
2016 (Junior): Served 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 ... member of Patriot League Academic Honor Roll ... named team’s Strength and Conditioning MVP during spring practice for third-straight year.
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.
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