The last time Scottsdale (AZ) Saguaro quarterback Kare Lyles attended a game at the University of Wisconsin, the announced attendance was 9.630. Suffice it to say the atmosphere was a little bit better Saturday night than Wisconsin’s annual spring game.
With his younger brother, four-star junior offensive lineman Kayden Lyles tagging along, Lyles’ official visit was an experience that only further confirms that he committed to the right school in mid-March.
“It was the first time I was on the field with all those fans, basically seeing the warmup and how the crowd goes, and it was really cool,” Lyles told BadgerNation. “I still have yet to experience running out of the tunnel yet. That’s going to be next year, but seeing how things were set up were special.”
Even though Wisconsin featured the run in its 28-0 win over Hawaii Saturday, the 6-0, 210-pound Lyles walked away impressed with how head coach Paul Chryst evolves his offense based on the strength of his personnel and the weakness of its opponents. A big part of that success relies with the quarterback and how the signal caller can manage the game.
“Coach Chryst told me he’s had great quarterbacks from 5-9 to 6-6, but he still continues to do his system while evolving around the players,” said Lyles. “It’s a week-to-week thing. It is a process and is a team sport. I truly enjoyed watching that. (Stave) really took what the defense gave him. They expect for you to control the ball.”
Lyles got to spend plenty of time with one of Chryst’s former quarterbacks in graduate assistant Jon Budmayr. During a film session with Lyles, Budmayr laid out the zone schemes, the pass routes and the reads the quarterback was going through during the play.
“It gave me a feel for what I’ll be doing, which was special,” said Lyles. “After the season he is going to show me the basic stuff, which is going to give me a big head start as an early enrollee. It’s awesome because he’s slowly getting me into the process.”
One of the highlights of Lyles’ weekend was getting a chance to finally spend time in person with Antonio Williams, the four-star tailback from North Carolina who committing in December. Williams is also enrolling early and will be rooming with Lyles.
“It seemed like we’ve been friends for our whole life,” said Lyles. “That’s just how we clicked. From the moment we saw each other, we basically started right there. We got a chance to know each other better instead of talking over the phone. It was special. That kid is hilarious. Antonio is a great guy, full of energy and we’re basically the same person off the field with the same mindset. I’ve got the best roommate. I feel like we’re going to do some big things.”
Although heading into his senior season quarterbacking his team to a 28-game winning streak, Lyles knew adversity would likely strike. With only 25 players on his team, including just eight seniors, and playing against some teams with over 100 players on the varsity roster, Lyles has seen his group confide in each other after a two-game losing streak following their opening win.
“We have to take it day by day and not look ahead, which I feel hurt us a little bit,” said Lyles, whose team sits at 3-2. “It’s important having these guys stick together. I truly feel from last year to this year we have progressed a lot. Pretty much at this point, I feel we are a lot better than last year in terms of not making mistakes, not coming out slow or sluggish in the first half. With what we have, I feel we’re doing a good job.”