Baylor lost star punter Drew Galitz with a torn ACL during its 33-20 loss to Kansas State. Now, the Bears might turn to a massive option at the position.
Head coach Matt Rhule said defensive lineman James Lynch was an all-state punter in high school. Now, Lynch will work out and try to regain his punting form, in case Baylor needs
It’s unclear which all-state team Rhule was referring to, but Lynch had tremendous stats at Round Rock High School in Texas. He averaged 43.7 yards per punt on 27 punts as a senior, per MaxPreps. That average would be good enough for third in the Big 12, only behind Texas’ Michael Dickson and Galitz. Four bounced inside the 20-yard line.
Lynch brings some shades of another position player turned punter – Danny Sepulveda. He walked onto the team as a linebacker at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds. He later became a punter after open tryouts. Sepulveda went on to be the first two-time winner of the Ray Guy Award.
At this point, Connor Martin will run kickoffs, punt and kick field goals. However, Rhule hopes to take some strain off his leg. Walk-on kicker Peter Webster is the primary backup at punter at this point. However, Rhule wants Lynch to work out the kinks and be ready if his number is called.
Lynch was also 2016 District 13-6A lineman of the year twice. at Round Rock. He posted 46 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 3 pass breakups, 3 fumbles recoveries and a forced fumble. Lynch originally committed to TCU and USC, but eventually flipped to Baylor when the new staff moved in.
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