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South Florida Bulls: Aaron Lynch Looks to Make Up For Lost Time in 2013

Aaron Lynch

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While Aaron Lynch could have been part of the 2012 Notre Dame Fighting Irish team that made it to the national title game, he couldn’t be happier being closer to home playing for the South Florida Bulls.

As a freshman All-American in 2011 with the Irish, Lynch led the team in sacks with 5.5 and had 33 tackles while starting just six games. The Florida-native committed to Notre Dame hoping to play for one of the best programs in the nation, but ended up missing his home in the sunshine state.

Brian Kelly saw the talent and potential that Lynch possessed and thought he knew that the freshman stud wasn’t fully invested in the Fighting Irish. He praised Lynch for his respectfulness and professionalism even after he decided to transfer to South Florida.

Coming into college in 2011, he was rated as the top defensive end recruit in the nation by many recruiting sites. He has the size and speed to become an elite college pass-rusher and run-container.

Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing in at 270 pounds, Lynch could be one of the building blocks for the rebuilding South Florida’s program coming off a 3-9 season in 2012. He is an aggressive end, drawing comparisons to Ndamukong Suh for his style of play.

Sometimes, Lynch was thought to be overly aggressive, earning many yellow flags during the 2011 season — many of which came after the whistle blew. Admitting he’s not trying to be a dirty, cheap-shot type of player, Lynch claims that’s just how he plays the game and he won’t stop playing that way until he retires.

Overall, Lynch is one of the best ends in the game, and for first year head coach Willie Taggart to land the former five-star prospect has to take some pressure off him and the defense in 2013. Look for this team to turn things around and finish with at least five wins in 2013 with the help of Lynch’s ferocious defense.

Connor Muldowney is a columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Connormuldowney, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.