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Barkley runs for 195 yards and two touchdowns in Big Ten opening victory
True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns
Junior quarterback named to his fourth preseason watch list
Hackenberg a candidate for nation's top quarterback; Lynch nominee for nation's top running back
Penn State football team brings all-time total to more than $1.12 million raised for Kidney Cancer awareness and research since 2003
True freshmen Brandon Polk and Saquon Barkley each ran for touchdowns in the win over Buffalo.
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Finished his Penn State career ranked No. 32nd on Penn State’s all-time rushing list with 1,318 yards…Tied with Franco Harris (1969-71) for 20th all-time in 100-yard rushing games with five.
➤ 2015 ➤ Junior Season
Season: Appeared in 10 games with five starts. at Temple (9/5): Led the team with 78 rushing yards…Scored the team’s first touchdown of the season on a 42-yard dash around the left side. Buffalo (9/12): Gained 46 yards on a team-high 19 carries. Rutgers (9/19): Ran for 120 yards and one touchdown…His career-long 75-yard touchdown run in the second quarter is tied for the 29th-longest rush in school history…Teamed with Saquon Barkley (195 yards) to mark the first Big Ten Conference game that Penn State had two 100-yard rushers since Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark vs. Northwestern in 2010…Was a part of a backfield that rushed for 330 yards, the most by Penn State since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009. San Diego State (9/26): Rushed for 18 yards on a team-best 10 carries. at Ohio State (10/17): Carried the ball four times for 12 yards…Caught one pass. Illinois (10/31): Carried the ball one time for four yards. at Northwestern (11/7): Made one catch for six yards. vs. Georgia (1/2): Carried the ball once for four yards.
➤ 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
➤ 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.
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.