A rookie with the University of Manitoba Bisons

Another weekly honour for Lyles

Manitoba running back is Canada West Player of the Week

Jamel Lyles is off to an impressive start with the Manitoba Bisons.

Lyles, from Surrey, was named the Canadian Interuniveristy Sport (CIS) Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9 following a 34-28 victory over the Saskatchewan Huskies.

Five days later, the six-foot, 205-pound running back was the Canada West Special Teams Player of the Week after a 44-38 loss to the Calgary Dinos.

In his first season with the Bisons, Lyles began the season by rushing for 155 yards and one touchdown, adding another 89 yards in punt returns.

Against the Dinos, the Lord Tweedsmuir Secondary graduate returned the opening kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown. It set a University of Manitoba record for the longest kickoff return, and is the third-longest in Canada West history.

Lyles totaled 314 all-purpose yards in the game, with 232 yards coming  off kick or punt returns. His 563 all-purpose yards on the season leads the CIS.

Lyles played for the Lord Tweedsmuir Panthers in the 2013 BC High School Football Association season, rushing for 1484 yards in seven games, an average of 212 yards per game.

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