Big time recognition (VIDEO)

Toronto running back named to BIG 10 All-Freshmen Team.

Akeel Lynch has capped off a successful NCAA season with special recognition.

This past Tuesday, the 6’0, 211 running back was named to the BIG 10 All-Freshmen Team.

In the 2013 season with NCAA Division 1 team, Penn State Nittany Lions, Lynch racked up 358 yards on 60 carries (an average of 6.0 yards per carry and longest being 43 yards) and scored one touchdown in seven games.  His best performance this season was against Kent State when he has 123 rushing yards on 14 carries in a 34-0 shutout win. This past year, he has rushed for 100 yards in two games alone. He was able to accomplish these impressive numbers while overcoming injuries and not playing in five games for the Nittany Lions.

Lynch was one of five Penn State players that were selected to the BIG 10 All-Freshmen Team. He joins defensive tackle Austin Johnson, quarterback Christian Hackenberg as well as linebackers Brandon Bell and Nyeem Wartman.  Two other players received honourable mentions – wide receiver Gino Lewis and tight end Adam Breneman.


Last year, Lynch redshirted as a freshman on the team. Previous to the Nittany Lions, the native of Toronto, Ontario enjoyed a successful football career with St.Francis Red Raiders (Buffalo, New York high school team).  During his time with the Red Raiders, Lynch was selected as New York Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 and was also selected to the First Team All-Western New York squad.  The running back broke school records as he rushed for 2,131 yards on 213 carries and scored 25 touchdowns.

Among the teams Lynch has previously suited up in Canada has included St.Michael’s Kerry Blues of the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) and the Toronto Jr. Argos football team.  In 2009, he led Team Ontario East to a gold medal finish at the Football Canada Cup tournament in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – the last Ontario team to win gold at the Football Canada Cup.


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