Confident Lyons Fired Up For Big 33

The possibility of facing Ted Ginn, Jr. in tonight's Big 33 game doesn't worry future Buckeye wide receiver Devon Lyons one bit. Gary Housteau talked with Lyons, who says he is ready for whatever defensive back is covering him tonight.

The way Devon Lyons of Woodland Hills High School describes the week of preparation for the PNC Big 33 game is a bit gruesome.

"Coach (George) Chaump is a man killer," Lyons said. "It was a good week of practice. It was a little harder than I expected for an all-star game. We had two-a-days. It was more like camp I thought. But he's a great coach and I think he pulled us all together this week, and I think we're ready to play."

Lyons is the likely beneficiary of having two strong-armed quarterbacks on the Pennsylvania roster, Chad Henne and Anthony Morelli.

"We've got two of the best quarterbacks in the country to pick from on our team and they both have got real good strong arms and both are real good leaders on and off the field," Lyons said. "Either way it goes, whatever one starts, it's going to be a good situation. They'll both play."

Lyons said he's been getting the timing down with both of the signal callers quite well during the week.

"I practiced with Anthony a little bit before we even came down here," he said. "But the practices have been going well and our timing is getting down pretty good and I think we're ready."

Obviously Lyons wants to do his part to help his team earn a victory against the Ohio squad and some of his future Buckeye teammates.

"It's definitely important to get the victory just to get the bragging rights against the Ohio guys for the next four years, since I'm going to Ohio State," he said. "Last year, we got embarrassed and we need to get the title back for our state and that's what we're going to try to do."

Lyons has been one of the guys that the players on the Ohio Squad, namely his future Ohio State teammates, have been singling out for talking a little bit too much during the week, but Lyons says it's all in good fun.

"I guess they're talking a little bit of stuff too every now and then, throwing their little comments in," he said. "But they're good guys and we're going to be on the same team in the future, so we'll try not to beat them up too bad."

Ultimately he'll let his play on the field do the talking.

"I can't wait for the game and I'm definitely going to try to do what I can to help PA get a victory," said Lyons who is in a receiver friendly offense at the Big 33. "At my high school, we didn't really pass that much so this is a big change, going four and five wides and no huddle. This is a lot more exciting, and I think we're going to attack, attack, attack."

He's looking forward to being manned-up with Ted Ginn, Brandon Underwood or any other defensive back that lines up across from him.

"Whoever watches me, that's their fault. I feel sorry for them," Lyons said. "But they've got a lot of good D-backs. Teddy Ginn is probably the best in the country and he's going to have to prove it."

Lyons hopes a good showing at wide receiver will make fans stop wondering if he'll be a tight end in college and not a wide receiver.

"I'm a wide receiver. I'm a prototypical wide receiver," he said. "I'm not a tight end. I feel that I fit the mold of an Ohio State receiver, they're always a lot bigger than normal. Big Ten receivers are all a lot bigger usually. I feel I have just the right body to play wide receiver."

And Lyons certainly sees an opportunity to play early as a wide receiver at Ohio State.

"I think there's a good chance and I definitely want to; I don't want to redshirt," he said. "I'm just going to work hard in camp and I'm getting ready for it now. I'm always training."

Steve Breaston starred in this game for Pennsylvania two years ago and Lyons' cousin Ryan Mundy played in the game last year too. Lyons has the same buddy that both of his two former Wolverine teammates from Woodland Hills had when they played in the Big 33 game.

"(My buddy) is the one that told me that we were all from the same team," Lyons said. "I like to help others who are less fortunate. I think it really humbles you and makes you thankful for having all of the ability that you have. It makes you praise God for everything that you have."

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