Baylor freshman defensive tackle James Lynch was named to ESPN’s Freshman All-America team, announced on Monday.
Lynch, a 6-foot-4 lineman from Round Rock, Texas, came on late for a Bears defense that was better than the team’s record indicated.
“Lynch’s five tackles for loss and three sacks over his final six games made him one of the most impactful freshman interior linemen in the country down the stretch,” David M. Hale wrote.
Lynch notched 19 tackles, most of which came in the last month of the season, in 2017. He’ll undoubtedly be a key part to Baylor’s defense next season when the Bears try to work their way up from an abysmal 1-11 record in coach Matt Rhule’s first season as head coach.
The Bears, of course, won’t be bowling, but the future looks good for a team that has some pieces on offense and defense that can get Baylor back to where it wants to be.