Penn State running back Akeel Lynch will get a chance to show off his talents in 2013. The redshirt freshman should see plenty of action in the Nittany Lions’ backfield and has already impressed the coaching staff during his time in Happy Valley. Lynch is poised to put up solid numbers this year and will be a contender to win Big 10 Freshman of the Year.
While Zach Zwinak has a strong grip on the starting running back position, Lynch will have a good chance to be second on the depth chart. Bill Belton, who was the starter at the beginning of last year, struggled with consistency and could wind up ceding playing time to Lynch.
Coming out of high school in New York, Lynch was a three-star recruit who had interest from teams such as Oklahoma, Iowa and Mississippi. He’s possesses a good mix of strength and speed that will make him successful at the collegiate level. His scouting report referred to him as a potential sleeper at the next level.
Lynch already impressed the Penn State coaching staff during spring practice this year, making the most of his opportunities. During the annual Blue-White game, he rushed for 83 yards with a touchdown.
With a new quarterback under center for the Nittany Lions in 2013, the running game is going to be important to the success of the offense. Lynch figures to play a role in that, spelling Zwinak and keeping defenses on their heels.
Fans should expect Lynch to put up some impressive numbers in his first season with the Nittany Lions. While he won’t be the featured back, he will make a big enough impact to be considered among the top freshmen in the Big 10 Conference.
Last season, Penn State’s defensive lineman Deion Barnes took home Big 10 Freshman of the Year honors. The Nittany Lions have a great chance to get the award for the second-straight year with Akeel Lynch.