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Penn State Football: Akeel Lynch Set To Transfer

by on January 13, 2016 4:45 PM

Penn State running back Akeel Lynch announced his intent to graduate and transfer for his final year of eligibility on Wednesday. Lynch, a long time member of the Nittany Lion backfield leaves Penn State with 262 carries and 1,318 rushing yards.

"I want to thank Joe Paterno for making my dream come true by offering me a scholarship." Lynch said in a statement he posted on Twitter.

Lynch had just 55 carries in 2015 for 282 yards and two scores. Expected to be the primary running back this past season, Lynch was passed over for star freshman running back Saquon Barkley early on in the season. Barkley's effective ground attack greatly limited Lynch's carries who saw a season-high performance 19 carries in week two against Buffalo.

Lynch was used while Barkley nursed an ankle injury but carried the ball just six times in the final nine games of the season.

The news comes as yet another transfer out of the program this week that includes linebackers Gary Wooten and Troy Reeder, cornerback Daquan Worley, and receiver Geno Lewis. Generally speaking all of transfers make sense on their own, although the collective exodus has certainly raise eyebrows around State College.

Additionally, Lynch's departure means no Penn State player will ever wear the No. 22 again, the number having been retired two years ago to honor Penn State's only Hiesman winner John Cappelletti. 



Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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