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Lynch gains 78 yards rushing, scores first touchdown of 2015
Lynch gains 78 yards rushing, scores first touchdown of 2015
Awards: Named to the Pro Football Focus National Team of the Week following his performance at Purdue (10/29)...Given the Quarterback Club Special Award at the annual Nittany Lion Football Banquet.
Season: Appeared in 10 games with three starts...missed the final four games of the season after suffering an injury in the first quarter at Indiana (11/12)...Made his first start of the season vs. Ohio State (10/22).
Maryland (10/8): Saw his most extensive action of the season after entering the game at left tackle following Andrew Nelson's second quarter injury...Helped paved the way for 372 total rushing yards, the third-highest total for a Penn State team in Big Ten play and fourth-most in a game and fourth-most in any game for Penn State in the last 20 years...Guided the offense to 524 total yards, the most since 2014 vs. UCF (511) and the most in Big Ten play since 2012 vs. Indiana (546). Ohio State (10/22): Cleared the way for Saquon Barkley's 99 rushing yards. at Purdue (10/29): Helped Penn State gain more than 500 total yards, ending the game with 511...Blocked for Saquon Barkley's 207 rushing yards and Trace McSorley's 228 yards passing...Helped Penn State score eight offensive touchdowns in the game...Integral part of Penn State scoring 62 points, its most points since scoring 66 vs. Coastal Carolina in 2006 and the most in a Big Ten game since tallying 63 vs. Illinois in 2005. Iowa (11/5): Blocked for a 167-yard rushing effort by Saquon Barkley and a 240-yard passing night for Trace McSorley...Helped Penn State to 599 yards of total offense, the most since recording 661 yards at Rutgers (1995) and the highest total offense output by Penn State against a Big Ten team since 653 yards against Michigan State (1994)...Overall Penn State rushed for 359 yards...His efforts enabled the Nittany Lions to go 7-of-14 on third down and the offense did not have a single three-and-out in the game. at Indiana (11/12): Made the start at left tackle, but left the game in the first quarter and did not return.
➤ 2015 ➤ Junior Season
Season: Appeared in 13 games with 11 starts...Started his first career game in the season opener at Temple.
at Temple (9/5): Helped Akeel Lynch run for 78 yards and one touchdown. Buffalo (9/12): Started the second half and helped Penn State to 17 points...Aided the Nittany Lions in gaining 202 yards on 31 plays (6.5 avg.) in the second half. Rutgers (9/19): Paved the way for a pair of 100-yard rushers: Saquon Barkley (195 yards) and Akeel Lynch (120)...Helped Barkley and Lynch become first Penn State tandem to rush for 100-yard since Lynch (108) and Bill Belton (108) passed the century mark against Eastern Michigan...Helped the backfield collect a pair of 100-yard rushers in a Big Ten game for the first time since 2010 (Northwestern) when Evan Royster (134) and Silas Redd (131) topped the mark...The 330 yards rushing by Penn State were the most since the Nittany Lions ran for 338 at Illinois in 2009...The Nittany Lions rushed for 200 or more yards in consecutive games for the first time since 2009 at Illinois (338) and vs. Eastern Illinois (285)...The 471 yards of total offense were the most since Penn State had 511 in 2014 against UCF in the Croke Park Classic. San Diego State (9/26): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 296 yards and three touchdowns. Indiana (10/10): Protected Christian Hackenberg during his 17th career 200-yard passing game (262 yards), which allowed him to become the second quarterback in Penn State history to amass 7,000 yards passing in a career...Helped Penn State control the ball for 35:35, its most in a Big Ten game since having 36:29 against Purdue in 2013. at Ohio State (10/17): Helped pave the way for Saquon Barkley's 194 yards rushing, the third-highest total by a true freshman...Protected Christian Hackenberg who threw for 120 yards and one touchdown. vs. Maryland (10/24): Protected Christian Hackenberg to the tune of 315 yards and three touchdown passes...Helped the offense pile up 363 yards of total offense...The offense posted nine pass plays of 20-plus yards, including all three touchdown passes. Illinois (10/31): Started on the offensive line that helped Christian Hackenberg throw for 266 yards and break a tie with Matt McGloin for the most 200-yard passing games in school history with his 19th career 200-yard passing effort. at Northwestern (11/7): Blocked for 100-yard rusher Saquon Barkley and 200-yard passer Christian Hackenberg...The 205 yards passing by Hackenberg extended his school record to 20 such contests. Michigan (11/21): Helped protect Christian Hackenberg, who threw his school-record-tying 46th career touchdown pass...Blocked for Saquon Barkley, who rushed for 68 yards, including a career-long-tying 56-yard scamper. at Michigan State (11/28): Blocked for Saquon Barkley's fifth 100-yard rushing effort of the season...Barkley broke the Penn State freshman season rushing record and surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for the season...Protected Christian Hackenberg for his school-record extending 21st career 200-yard passing effort...Hackenberg also tossed two touchdown passes to take over the top spot on PSU's career passing touchdowns list with his 47th and 48th career scoring strikes, breaking a tie with Matt McGloin (46, 2009-12).
➤ 2014 ➤ Lackawanna College
Played left tackle at Lackawana College for head coach Mark Duda...Ranked as the nation's No. 9 overall junior college prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports.com...Rated as the top junior college offensive tackle recruit in the nation by 247Sports.com and Rivals.com tabbed Palmer as the top offensive lineman among JUCO players...Ranked as a four-star recruit by all four major recruiting services...Top-ranked junior college player in Pennsylvania, Scout.com rated him as the nation's third-best JUCO offensive lineman and ESPN ranked him as the 25th overall recruit in its Junior College Top 50...One of eight Falcons that signed with FBS programs.
➤ High School
A three-year letterman at Plymouth High School in North Carolina...Helped lead the Vikings to a pair of Four Rivers Conference titles under head coach Robert Cody...Earned all-state honors in 2011 after helping lead Plymouth to a 14-2 record...Named team captain as a senior...Played in the North Carolina Shrine Bowl in 2012.
Full name is Paris Anthony Palmer Jr....Son of Paris Palmer Sr. and Rhonda Rodriguez...Has one older sister, Taquana Simmons...Majoring in telecommunications...Born December 14, 1992 in Mount Vernon, N.Y.