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Akeel Lynch
Akeel Lynch


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 211



H.S. Coach:
Jerry Smith


Eight Nittany Lions Earn All-Big Ten Honors from and

Robinson and Urschel Earn More First-Team Honors; Hackenberg Named Freshman of the Year


Nittany Lions Blank Kent State, 34-0

Penn State posts first shutout since 2010; Ficken connects on the Nittany Lions' longest field goal since 1979


Penn State-UCF Game Notes

Nittany Lions and Knights will play first non-conference night game in Beaver Stadium since 2007


Nittany Lions Soar Past the Eagles, 45-7

Hackenberg breaks Penn State freshman passing record with 311 yards; Belton and Lynch each run for 108 yards


Blue Beats White, 67-47, as Spring Practice Wraps Up

Nittany Lion season-opener set for Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium


Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16

Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16


Purdue @ Penn State

Purdue @ Penn State


Penn State vs. Michigan

Penn State takes on Michigan at home


UCF @ Penn State

UCF @ Penn State


USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan - 09/07/13

USATSI Gallery: Penn State vs. Eastern Michigan - 09/07/13

Akeel Lynch can't wait for the August 31 season-opener and the 2013 campaign. The talented and enthusiastic running back made a strong impression on the Dirty Show during his redshirt season, helping prepare a Nittany Lion defense that ranked second in the Big Ten and No. 16 nationally in scoring defense at 19.1 ppg. The 2011 New York Gatorade Player-of-the-Year, Lynch demonstrated during his first year in Happy Valley that he is a hard-working, dedicated student-athlete. He made significant progress during winter conditioning and spring practice and should emerge as a contributor as a runner and receiver this year. His :4.48 40-yard time was third-fastest on the team through the spring. In the Blue-White game, the hard-running Lynch gained 83 yards and scored the game's first touchdown. He is the Nittany Lions' lone native of Canada, but he attended St. Francis High School near Buffalo. He joins All-Big Ten guard John Urschel as Nittany Lions who were Western New York prep standouts. Lynch is a potential Academic All-Big Ten candidate.

2012 (Freshman Season)
Redshirt season.

High School
Lynch was 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, he also was named first-team All-Western New York. Lynch 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. Lynch gained 828 yards and scored 10 touchdowns his junior season, which was shortened by an injury. He also lettered in track and field, serving as a team captain as a senior.

Full name is Akeel Joh-Vonnie Lynch. He is the son of Dona McKoy and has two brothers, Avontae McKoy and Dondre Lynch, and two sisters, Adina and Seanice Lynch. He enjoys reading, biking and video games. He is interested in a possible career in marketing or as a high school teacher. Born May 14, 1994 in Toronto, Ontario.

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