Lyon College signs Joyner and Barley

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Tyler Barley and parents, David and Shelly Barley and Kyle Joyner and parents Daren and Lisa Joyner. (Town Crier photo/Revis Blaylock)

Manila's Kyle Joyner and Tyler Barley became the first football players in school history to ink letters of intent at the college level when they signed to play football for Lyon College Monday morning. The ceremony took place in the high school auditorium before a packed audience of students, faculty, family and friends.

"This is a big day for our program," said Lion head football Coach Jerry Castor. "I've coached Tyler Barley all along and he's played on both sides of the ball, but I think defense is his best position. He's very strong, smart and understands the game. He's going to go a long way."

"Kyle is a versatile athlete. He can play any position. He played quarterback and running back for us on offense. On defense, he's played linebacker and in the secondary. He's also handled our kicking duties. Kyle is a very intelligent young man. Sometimes when I messed up the call, he was able to correct it," laughed Castor.

Joyner (5'10", 170 lb.) projects to be a safety for the Scots while Barley (6'0", 270 lb.) figures to play along the defensive line.

Both players were named to the 3A-3 all conference team and were instrumental in leading Manila to victories over Cedar Ridge and Piggott, keeping the Lions in the playoff chase until the final week of the season.

"We are very excited to have Kyle Joyner and Tyler Barley," said Lyon assistant coach Nick Palese. "They are both exceptional student athletes, great football players and great kids. We are excited to have them with us and we are looking forward to getting started next fall."

"It feels great to be one of the first people to leave our school to go play football," Joyner said. "We may not have won a lot of games, but we set the standards for the up and coming players. Hopefully this will open the gate for our younger guys to get out there and go play. Playing college football has been a long time goal of mine. It's going to be great to go to the same school with Tyler."

"It's a great honor," Barley said. "Honestly, four or five years ago when I started playing football I never saw this day coming. It's taken years of hard work. It's a great honor to have the chance to attend such a prestigious school. I can't wait to get started."

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