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Akeel Lynch
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Akeel Lynch

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 215

Position:
RB

Experience:
SO

H.S. Coach:
Jerry Smith


06/11/2014

Penn State Uplifting Athletes' Lift For Life Events Set for July In Fight Against Kidney Cancer

Lift For Life Set for Saturday, July 12; To Include More Fan Interaction

12/16/2013

Eight Nittany Lions Earn All-Big Ten Honors from ESPN.com and BTN.com

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

09/21/2013

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

09/10/2013

Penn State-UCF Game Notes

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

09/07/2013

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

11/16/2013

Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16

Penn State Football vs. Purdue 11/16

11/16/2013

Purdue @ Penn State

Purdue @ Penn State

10/12/2013

Penn State vs. Michigan

Penn State takes on Michigan at home

09/14/2013

UCF @ Penn State

UCF @ Penn State

09/07/2013

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

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

Akeel Lynch cannot wait to resume the competition for more playing time in the running back rotation when preseason practice begins in August. Between Lynch and seniors Bill Belton and Zach Zwinak, the Nittany Lions return three talented and proven runners who combined to gain 2,150 yards last season. During his first season on the field, the highly-skilled, swift and enthusiastic Lynch ran for 358 yards on 60 carries, posting a superlative 6.0 average. His per carry average was the highest on the team among players with at least 10 carries. The 2011 New York Gatorade Player-of-the-Year scored one touchdown and had a long carry of 43 yards. Lynch suffered only three negative yards on his 60 rushing attempts, delivered a pair of 100-yard rushing games and had one kickoff return. In his first career game carrying the ball from scrimmage, Lynch tallied a then-career-high 108 yards on a team-high 13 carries in the win over Eastern Michigan. The quick and hard-working Lynch became the 49th player in school history with multiple 100-yard rushing games when he ran for a career-high 123 yards on 14 carries in the victory over Kent State, bursting to a season-long 43-yard carry. With continued progress in the weight room and on the practice field, Lynch should firmly be in the mix for significant playing time in one of the Big Ten's deepest backfields. The former St. Francis High School All-Western New York standout was selected to the 2013 Academic All-Big Ten team. Lynch is the compliance manager of Penn State's Uplifting Athletes chapter, which has raised more than $825,000 for kidney cancer patients, their families and research since the first Penn State Lift For Life was held in 2003. Lynch and freshman quarterback Michael O'Connor are the Canadian products on the Nittany Lions' roster.

2013 (Sophomore Season)
In his first season on the field, Lynch was third on the team with 358 rushing yards on 60 carries, scoring one touchdown. He averaged 6.0 yards per carry, the best figure among players with 10 or more attempts. Lynch suffered only three negative yards on his 60 rushing attempts. He played in nine contests and delivered a pair of 100-yard games. In his first career game carrying the ball, Lynch tallied 108 yards on a team-high 13 carries in the win over Eastern Michigan. He found the end zone in the fourth quarter, an 18-yard rush off the right side for his first career score. Lynch 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). Lynch had five carries for 32 yards against UCF, including a long of 13 yards. He 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 over Kent State. Lynch also carried the ball 11 times for 35 yards at Ohio State and nine times for 44 yards in the win over Purdue. He also had one kickoff return during his redshirt freshman season.

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.

Personal
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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