October 19, 2006

Tyler Lyon preparing to play

After injuries to first and second stringers Willie Tuitama and Adam Austin, Arizona doesn't have many options left at quarterback. Heading into the Oregon State game, true freshman quarterback Tyler Lyon finds himself second on the depth chart behind Kris Heavner.

This isn't exactly what Lyon was expecting when he committed to Arizona but the coaches made sure he realized that playing was a possibility.

"Coach (Mike) Canales told me when I got here," said Lyon, "'you be ready to play. Don't come out here thinking you're just going to sit around for a year.'" I came out here ready to play and I'm going in, studying film, doing everything Coach Canales tells me to do and hopefully I'm successful."

Even though he was prepared, Lyon didn't come to Arizona thinking that this would happen so early.

"It's happening a lot faster," Lyon said.

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