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A high-energy and intense special teams stalwart who will enter his final season vying for a significant playing time in the Pirate secondary ... Wrapped up spring drills by earning a position on the unit's two-deep as a reserve at free safety ... Initially joined the ECU program as a walk-on after transferring from FCS member Campbell in the fall of 2010 ... Was not credited with any stops in the spring's first scrimmage, but booked two tackles during the second contest on April 7 ... Tallied a secondary-best five hits in the Purple-Gold Game (April 14) to close out the practice period ... Holds an "elite" status as one of the team's most impressive performers during strength and conditioning testing ... Despite smaller body frame, ranks near or at the top among position in all four major lifts - bench press (360 pounds), back squat (480), power clean (318) and jerk (1,206 watts).
2011 Game-by-Game Statistics
2011: Made Pirate debut by experiencing action on special teams in nine contests ... Did not play against South Carolina, Virginia Tech or North Carolina (coaches' decision) ... Booked three tackles, all assists on kickoff returns ... Tied for eighth on the squad with a trio of special teams' hits ... Booked a career-high two stops at Memphis with third-quarter knockdowns of Bakari Hollier following 18 and 14-yard returns ... Tallied season's other tackle against Southern Miss, stopping Tray Becton-Martin after an 11-yard runback in the third frame.
2010: Joined the Pirate program after transferring from Campbell and served as a member of the scout teams during initial campaign with East Carolina.
2009: A starter at defensive back who played in all 11 contests for Campbell ... Stood second on the team with 64 tackles and 42 solo hits ... Added one tackle for lost yardage and a pair of pass breakups (Birmingham Southern, Valparaiso) ... Picked off a squad-high three passes, gaining a team-best 51 return yards and the Camels' only touchdown off an interception ... In addition to defensive responsibilities, served as a reserve return man, taking back a team second-best eight kickoffs for 175 yards (21.9 ypr) ... Returned a pair of punts for 14 yards ... Began the year with back-to-back seven-tackle efforts against Methodist and Birmingham Southern ... Added an interception versus Methodist, picking off Erik Teague during the opening quarter ... Combined with Steven Goldsmith to toss Davidson's Kenny Manuo for a three-yard loss in the third frame ... Booked a season second-best eight stops against Marist, Dayton and Drake ... Instrumental in securing the victory over Morehead State, intercepting a pass and returning it 45 yards for a touchdown with 1:35 remaining in the game to give the Camels a 31-22 advantage and earn Pioneer Football League Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors ... Also picked off a Morehead State pass at the Campbell 16-yard line at the end of the first half to keep the Camels only down by one point ... Tallied a career-high nine tackles against Morehead State with four during the Eagles' final two drives of the contest ... Returned MSU's second kickoff 18 yards ... Recorded all eight stops in the first three quarters at Drake and returned a pair of kickoffs for 37 yards.
2008: As a true freshman, played in 11 games with nine starts as a defensive back ... Registered a team fifth-best 36 tackles with 21 solo stops ... Credited with four or more tackles in four contests (Birmingham Southern, Carthage, Davidson, Morehead State) ... In Pioneer Football League play, tallied 23 hits and 15 solo knockdowns ... Recorded a half tackle for a one-yard loss, tossing Birmingham Southern's Michael Franklin for a two-yard loss in the season opener ... Tallied season's one interception at Carthage, picking off a Dan DeBoeuf pass in the second quarter ... Also posted year bests with six stops and five solo hits versus Carthage, all booked in the fourth frame ... Totaled five tackles, all in the first half, against Morehead State ... Named to the Pioneer Football League's Academic Honor Roll.
High School: A three-year varsity letterwinner at Leesville Road High School ... Served as a team captain during last two seasons ... Totaled a school-record 12 interceptions as a senior ... Also registered 80 tackles, three fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal during final campaign ... An all-conference selection as both a junior and senior ... Named all-state in 2007 ... Ended high school career with 20 interceptions, 200 tackles and seven fumble recoveries ... Earned an additional varsity letter as a member of the baseball program.
Personal: Full name is Cody Lyon ... Born June, 6, 1990 at Boca Raton, Fla. ... Son of Tim and April Lyon ... Has two younger siblings, Dalton and Jenna ... A management major who was named to ECU's Honor Roll (3.0 grade point average or higher) for classroom work during the 2012 spring semester.