Originally recruited by Harbaugh at Stanford, Lyons would go on to play four years with the Cardinal and go on to reunite with Harbaugh for his fifth, and final, year of eligibility.
As for any transfer regardless of college experience, there comes an adjustment period to get used to new surroundings.
For Lyons, it’s been a good start for him.
“It’s been great,” Lyons said about his transition to Michigan. “I’m the new guy and everyone seems to like me. As far as practice and structure, it’s pretty much the same how it is at Stanford. We have a great group of guys, a lot of guys with great personalities. I’m enjoying the transition.”
With fall camp getting underway on Friday, every player on the Michigan roster is ready to go out there and prove themselves on the practice field. Despite being the more experienced guy on the field, it hasn’t stopped Lyons from showing a “hunger” mentality.
“My mindset is to have a chip on your shoulder, be hungry and respect every opponent,” Lyons said. “Understand you got to do what it takes in order to get there. You’ve got to put in the work and that’s what we’re going to do this year.”
What’s there to look forward to? There’s plenty for Lyons. It could be as simple as a clear mind and putting on the pads once again for one last go-around.
“Right now I’m just looking forward to putting on the equipment and strapping back on the cleats,” Lyons said. “Getting back out and get everything that’s not football out of my head and focusing on maintaining what it takes. Footwork, hand placement, eye discipline, getting into the details into becoming a better corner.”
It’s no secret that Michigan has struggled over the past few seasons. With the defense being arguably the better side of the football for quite some time, there’s plenty to prove for this Michigan team coming off a five-win season a year ago.
For someone who hasn’t been around Michigan’s struggles, Lyons still has expectations for himself. He will use his experience and maturity to help guide not only his team, but himself this season as well.
“My expectations are to limit the mistakes I’ve made in the past,” Lyons said. “New sense of maturity on the field, being a leader out there. To get myself to what I consider ultimate football to me and the rest of the team.”
Though Lyons’ method of ultimate football could be considered the essentials for the defense, all you need to know about the direction of the defense is to ask Lyons the identity he wants his defense to have this season.
The answer will probably not come as a surprise to anyone.
“Mean and respected, that’s all that takes. That’s what it’s going to be.”