The Lyon College football team will have four members participate in the 8th annual D2 vs. NAIA Challenge on Saturday, Dec. 16, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The annual challenge will be part of the 2017 International Scouting Showcase (ISS).
The D2 vs NAIA Challenge was developed to honor the top NCAA Division II and NAIA graduating seniors for that respective year. It provides the players the opportunity to compete in one more game in their collegiate careers and can serve as an opportunity to be scouted by North American and European Professional leagues.
Participants in the D2 vs. NAIA Challenge will go through two practice sessions on Friday, Dec. 15, with their respective teams and will end the night attending the EAC6 game – America vs. Europe, at Doug Shaw Stadium. On Saturday, the teams will go through their final walk-throughs before the 4 p.m. kickoff.
Representing the Scots at the D2 vs. NAIA Challenge will be Cody Jones, Jonathan Hendrix, Fabian Buenrostro and Trent Webb.
Jones completed 144-of-249 passes for 1,813 yards and 10 touchdowns during the 2017 season. He also ran for a touchdown. Jones finished his career as the school record holder in multiple categories, including most offensive yards in a single season (1,813), passing yards in a career (1,979), passing yards per game (90), passing touchdowns (10), passing yards in a season (1,813), passing yards per game in a single season (164.8), passing touchdowns in a single season (10), passing yards in a single game (270) and passing touchdowns in a single game (three). Jones was named as an All-CSFL honorable-mention selection as a quarterback following the 2017 season.
Hendrix caught 29 passes for 487 yards and two touchdowns during his senior season in 2017. For his career, Hendrix caught 56 passes for 746 yards and five touchdowns. The senior tight end finished his career tied for eighth all-time in school history for total points (30). He was named as a first-team All-CSFL tight end after the 2017 season.
Buenrostro finished second on the team in total rushing yards this season with 325 yards on 82 totes. He set the single-game rushing touchdown record with four scores against Trinity Bible on Sept. 16, that was eventually tied by Titus Nelson on Nov. 11 against Texas College. Buenrostro added 21 receptions for 87 yards and one receiving touchdown to his senior year totals. Buenrostro accounted for 340 yards on the ground on 87 carries and five touchdowns.
Webb caught a career-high 16 passes for 108 yards during his senior campaign in 2017. For his career, he caught 30 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Webb earned CSFL All-Academic Team and Champions of Character Team accolades after the 2017 season.