September 7, 2010 - Arena Football League (AFL) - Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz defensive back, David Hyland, has signed with the British Columbia Lions of the Canadian Football League.
Hyland came out in his rookie year this season with a bang. He led the Yard Dawgz in total tackles (92) and interceptions (8). Hyland was one interception away from tying the Yard Dawgz single season interception record of 9 held by Fred Shaw. Hyland was named the Riddell Defensive Player of the Week for the league after his performance against Dallas on June 26. Hyland has been referred to as a "ball hawk" throughout the league with his ability to know where the ball is going at all times. He attended the Cleveland Browns training camp in 2009.
Hyland had an impressive career while at Morehead State University. In his junior season, he was named to the Sports Network All-America Third Team. He was a Sport Network and Football Gazette Mid Major All-American in 2007. Hyland was a three time All-PFL First Team defensive back selection. In 2007, Hyland was NCAA Division I FCS national statistical champion in interceptions per game. Hyland holds the FCS record for passes defended in a career (61) and has school records for interceptions in a season (8), interceptions in a career (21), tied the record for interceptions in a game (3), and has the longest interceptions return in school history (100 yards).
"David has been one of the hardest working football players that I have been associated with as a coach. His desire and passion to be successful is something that is very unique. Hyland\'s special qualities include his athleticism mixed with the ability to pick up on the game and schemes as a young player. You could not find a classier or more professional player who was willing to give his time to the Oklahoma City community than David Hyland," said Yard Dawgz Head Coach Sparky McEwen.
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