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3 Cheers: Brent Lyles

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3 Cheers is my regular series profiling unique athletes and teams.

Brent Lyles won his first start as Jackson State quarterback last week. This time last year the freshman was in a different type of fight.

Lyles flew onto the JSU radar in 2015. The Indiana native threw 2 touchdown passes in the spring game. Lyles looked to throw his hat in the quarterback race.

But a summer day back home changed everything. Lyles described the June 2015 car accident today during JSU media availability.

"If we were going any faster, I might have flown through the windshield. I actually didn't have my seatbelt on. Which is a blessing that we were only going 30 to 40 miles an hour. So after we hit head on, I smacked into the dashboard."

Brent injured his hip in the accident. Along with season ending surgery, he had to re-learn how to walk and run. It took nearly 10 months for Lyles to get to full strength. "100 percent healthy, maybe around March."

The rehab and work he put in with the JSU strength & conditioning team had Lyles back in the fold for spring practice.

He made his Tiger debut in the opener at UNLV. A relief appearance at Grambling opened the eyes of head coach Tony Hughes

"Brent Lyles, when I first got here, and just talking to the other coaches and people that are involved with the program, he's a kid that everybody said had the "It" factor."

The it factor turned into it's time last week against UAPB.

"To be honest, really never told me," Lyles said. "It was just 'Offense, you're up.' And then when he called offense, coach just looked at me, and I went out there and led the troops."

Hughes was impressed with Lyles first JSU start. "He managed the game. And what we want is someone that can manage the game. You don't necessarily have to win the game for us, just don't lose it for us."

Lyles' numbers don't lie: 245 yards, 2 touchdowns, 1 victory. He's thankful for the chance to take the field.

"Every night I get on my knees and thank God for the opportunity. My life flashed before my eyes, so just having that experience makes me more thankful for anything that comes my way in life."

You can watch Brent Lyles Saturday night right here in Jackson. JSU faces Mississippi Valley, kickoff is at 6 at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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