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27 Evan Byers

CFPA Preseason Linebacker Watch List ... first Bison since Willie Hill in 1996 and 1997 to post back-to-back 100-tackle seasons ... first person to earn Bison Gridiron Club Award (team MVP) in back-to-back seasons since Adam Lord in 2001 and 2002 ... 263 career tackles are most by a Bison since Dorian Petersen totaled 304 from 2003 to 2006 ... named team’s Strength & Conditioning MVP during 2014 spring practice.


2013 (Junior): First Team All-Patriot League selection ... Preseason All-Patriot League selection ... career-high 129 tackles ranked ninth on program’s single-season list ... first new entrant to that list since 1997 ... eight double-figure tackle games ... five consecutive double-figure tackle outings from Oct. 12 to Nov. 9 ... led Patriot League and ranked fourth nationally in tackles per game (11.7) ... tied for 12th in Patriot League in sacks (3.5) ... ninth in Patriot League in tackles for loss (10.5) ... four tackles for loss in near-victory over undefeated Fordham were most for a Bison since Robert De La Rosa totaled 6.5 in 2011 ... season-high 19 tackles in final game vs. VMI were most by a Bison since at least 2001 and tied him for sixth-most in FCS all season ... named Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week after VMI outing ... one of seven defensive players to start all 11 games ... led Bucknell in both solo (61) and assisted (68) tackles for second straight year ... ranked 19th nationally in solo tackles per game (5.5) ... recovered fumbles in season opener vs. Marist and season finale at VMI ... also forced a fumble at VMI ... earned team’s Sledge Hammer Award.


2012 (Sophomore): Second Team All-Patriot League selection ... earned Bison Gridiron Club Award as team’s MVP ... led Bison with 100 tackles ... first Bucknell player since 2009 to record 100 stops in a season ... just fifth since 2000 to reach century mark ... led Bucknell in both solo (46) and assisted (54) tackles ... ranked fifth in the Patriot League and tied for 48th nationally in tackles ... team-high four double-figure tackle outings ... season-high 12 tackles three times ... at least six tackles in every game ... second on team in tackles for loss (13.5), third in sacks (5.5) and second in interceptions (3) ... third in the Patriot League and 37th nationally in tackles for loss ... season-high 1.5 sacks on three occasions ... tied for sixth in the Patriot League and 65th nationally in sacks ... two interceptions at Harvard ... all three picks came in a two-game span at Holy Cross and Harvard ... first year as a starter ... tied for seventh in the Patriot League and 64th in the nation in interceptions ... started first 10 games of season before coming off bench on Senior Day.


2011 (Freshman): Earned team’s Stuart M. Smith Award as the outstanding newcomer ... saw action in all 11 games in a reserve role ... ranked ninth on team with 34 tackles ... led all Bison freshmen in stops ... also had 2.5 tackles for loss and 0.5 sacks ... recovered a team-high three fumbles ... three fumble recoveries came in consecutive late-season contests vs. Holy Cross, Lafayette and Fordham ... also forced two fumbles ... intercepted a pass in first career road game at Cornell ... named Patriot League Rookie of the Week Oct. 31 after five tackles, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 26-point win at Lafayette.


High School: Spent a post-graduate year at Trinity-Pawling School in Pawling, N.Y., after graduating from Wyoming Seminary ... earned four varsity letters in football at Wyoming Seminary and one at Trinity-Pawling ... also played basketball first three years at Wyoming Seminary ... two-time football team captain ... First Team All-Founders League and First Team All-New England Prep A in football ... basketball team captain as a junior ... three-time first-team all-division selection ... second-team all-area as a junior.


Personal: Evan Christopher Byers ... born Oct. 15, 1991 in Alexandra, Va. ... grew up in Roaring Brook, Pa. ... family currently lives in Raleigh, N.C. ... son of Scott and June Byers ... has two brothers, Elliott and Bo, and one sister, Lexi ... brother, Elliott, played baseball at Stanford before graduating in 2012 ... majoring in political science.

Position: Linebacker
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 235
Year: Senior
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Wyoming Seminary (Pa.)/Trinity-Pawling (N.Y.)
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