The last scholarship available for the Buffaloes in 2022 is no longer.
In a press conference after Saturday’s scrimmage, head coach Karl Dorrel announced that the scholarship was awarded to security Anthony Lyle.
“We felt like he epitomized what an extra should do. Master the special teams, play a part in defense,” Dorell said. reward.”
News of Lyle’s scholarship came as a surprise as the team reviewed the film.
“It caught me off guard,” Lyle said. “It’s a surreal feeling, I still can’t imagine it right now.”
His teammates joined him in celebrating the achievement after hearing the news.
“Everyone was jumping hitting me. It was probably one of the most memorable moments of my life with the team,” Lyle said.
A native of Colorado, Lyle graduated from Legacy High School in Broomfield, where he played football, basketball, baseball and track and field. In high school, he went largely unnoticed by D-1 football scouts.
Lyle arrived at the University of Colorado in 2018 after a brief stint in football in Eastern Michigan as a walk-in receiver. In 2019, he joined the Colorado squad after impressing in an open tryout. He saw no action during the season and instead ended up on the scout team. He was named the CU Scout Team Player of the Week before the Buffaloes game against Oregon that year.
His role has grown considerably in 2020, where he has become a leader in special teams. Since 2020, he has been on every special team and played every special team snap.
After impressing in the spring scrimmage in April, the possibility of a purse has begun to solidify.
“He deserved it for a while, I’m very happy he got it… We’re all on the same page, he worked hard and he’s on all the special teams. I’m very happy for him,” senior linebacker Quinn Perry said.
Lyle and Perry have developed a strong bond in their time on the team. The scholarship announcement was emotional for both of them.
“It meant a lot to him that he was crying in there, I was in there crying because he’s like my brother; this is my family,” Perry said.
Lyle’s opportunities may continue to grow as he enters his final year of eligibility. With the departure of free safety Mark Perry, along with safeties Curtis Appleton and Chris Miller, the Buffaloes’ secondary playing time could be in Lyle’s future.
With the scholarship now in his name, Lyle’s mentality and work ethic for the upcoming season remains the same.
“I always work as if I were an extra,” he said.