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Akeel Lynch
Akeel  Lynch


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

High School:
St. Francis (N.Y.)

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 220



H.S. Coach:
Jerry Smith



Penn State Runs Past Rutgers, 28-3, in Big Ten Opener

Barkley runs for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Big Ten opening victory


Penn State Pulls Away from Buffalo 27-14

True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns


Hackenberg Named to Manning Award Watch List

Junior quarterback named to his fourth preseason watch list


Hackenberg and Lynch on O'Brien and Walker Watch Lists

Hackenberg a candidate for nation's top quarterback; Lynch nominee for nation's top running back


Penn State Uplifting Athletes Raise $120,000 at Lift for Life

Penn State football team brings all-time total to more than $1.12 million raised for Kidney Cancer awareness and research since 2003


Penn State 27, Buffalo 14

True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns in the win over Buffalo.


Penn State vs. Boston College USATSI

NEW ERA PINSTRIPE BOWL Football USATSI photos -- 12/27/14


Penn State vs. Michigan State (Athletics)

Penn State vs. Michigan State - 11/29/14


Penn State vs. Michigan State (USATSI)

Penn State vs. Michigan State (USATSI)


Football vs. Illinois

NCAA Football: Penn State at Illinois (USATSI)

  • With the graduation of Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak, Akeel Lynch approached the offseason as the leader inside the running back room.
  • A talented athlete with a great blend of size, speed and strength, Lynch finished the 2014 season in impressive fashion with 393 yards and three touchdowns during the final four contests of the season.
  • A noted hard worker in the weight room, Lynch took a significant step forward during spring ball as the focal point of the Nittany Lion running game.
  • An improving pass blocker and receiver, the junior is primed to play a central role on the offense, in addition to mentoring a deeply young, yet talented corps of running backs.
  • An active member of the team off the field, Lynch is the compliance manager for Penn State’s chapter of Uplifting Athletes, which has raised more than $1 million for kidney cancer patients, their families and research since the first Penn State Lift for Life was held in 2003.
  • Lynch is the lone player on the Penn State roster from Canada.

    ➤ 2014 ➤ Sophomore Season
    Appeared in all 13 games with two starts, making his first career start against Maryland...Led the squad with 678 rushing yards and 147 carries (4.6 ypc), and added four touchdowns on the ground...Made 10 catches for 69 yards. UCF (8/30): Had just one carry in the season-opener at the Croke Park Classic in Dublin, Ireland. Akron (9/6): Carried the ball seven times for a team-high 45 yards. At Rutgers (9/13): Registered one carry. UMass (9/20): Toted the ball eight times for a team-high 82 yards, which included a 46-yard scamper in the first quarter to set up a field goal...Scored his first touchdown of the season on a 15-yard run in the third quarter. Northwestern (9/27): Recorded his first career reception, an 11-yard catch and run, and made one carry. At Michigan (10/11): Gained 16 yards on five carries. Ohio State (10/25): Led the team with 38 yards on 12 carries, and caught one pass for 3 yards in the double-overtime thriller. Maryland (11/1): In his first career start, tallied 21 carries for a team-best 51 yards. At Indiana (11/8): Earned the start and picked up 47 yards on 13 carries in the 13-7 win over the Hoosiers. Temple (11/15): Posted his first 100-yard game of the season with a then-career-high 130 yards on 18 carries in the 30-13 win...It was his third career 100-yard rushing game and included a 38-yard touchdown run in the third quarter to give Penn State the lead for good...Selected the coaches’ Offensive Player of the Week. At Illinois (11/22): Gained a career-best 137 yards on a career-high 28 carries at Illinois to post his fourth career 100-yard rushing effort...His career-long 47-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter gave Penn State a 14-10 lead...Led the team with two receptions and 35 yards en route to a career-high 172 all-purpose yards in the loss. Michigan State (11/29): Scored Penn State’s lone touchdown...Rushed for a team-high 51 yards on 14 carries...Caught two passes against the Spartans. Boston College (12/27): Rushed for 77 yards on 17 carries in the 31-30 overtime victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium...Efforts included a 35-yard run in the fourth quarter that helped the Nittany Lions tie the game at 21-21...Caught a career-high three passes for 12 yards.

    ➤ 2013 ➤ Redshirt Freshman Season
    Finished third on the team with 358 rushing yards on 60 carries, scoring one touchdown...Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the best figure among players with 10 or more attempts...Suffered only three negative yards on his 60 rushing attempts...Played in nine contests and delivered a pair of 100-yard games...Had one kickoff return during the season. Eastern Michigan (9/7): In his first career game with a carry on offense, tallied 108 yards on a team-high 13 carries in the win...Found the end zone in the fourth quarter, an 18-yard rush off the right side for his first career score...Combined with Bill Belton (108 yards) to become the 32nd Penn State running back combo to rush for 100 yards in the same game and the first since 2010 (Northwestern). UCF (9/14): Had five carries for 32 yards, including a long of 13 yards. Kent State (9/21): Became the 49th player in school history with multiple 100-yard rushing games when he ran for a season-high 123 yards on 14 carries in the 34-0 victory. At Ohio State (10/26): Carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards. Purdue (11/16): Tallied nine carries for 44 yards in the win.

    ➤ 2012 ➤ True Freshman Season
    Redshirt season.

    ➤ High School
    Selected the 2011 New York Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior at St. Francis High School in suburban Buffalo...Playing for coach Jerry Smith, was named first-team All-Western New York...Ran for a school-record 2,131 yards and 25 touchdowns during his senior season, which included a 376-yard, five-touchdown performance in a 42-27 victory over Bishop Timon-St. Jude...Gained 828 yards and scored 10 touchdowns his junior season, which was shortened by an injury...Also lettered in track and field, serving as a team captain as a senior.

    ➤ Personal
    Full name is Akeel Joh-Vonnie Lynch...Son of Dona McKoy...Has two brothers, Avontae McKoy and Dondre Lynch, and two sisters, Adina and Seanice Lynch...Enjoys reading, biking and video games...Is an economics major...Born May 14, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario.

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