The selflessness of Baylor sophomore Blake Lynch to move from wide receiver to cornerback is not lost on first-year head coach Matt Rhule.
Add in the fact Lynch went from receiver to corner in the Big 12 Conference, of all leagues, and has done well at it? That’s even more of a testament to the former stud wide receiver out of Gilmer, Texas.
“I think Blake Lynch moving in one week to corner and then the level of play that he’s played at, you know the first play of the game against Duke, they tried to throw a post on him, that’s one of the unsung stories to me of this football team,” Rhule said during his Tuesday press conference.
“… To go over and play corner in this league and to play at the level that he’s playing at is just a credit to him. It’s a credit to Francis Brown, the defensive backs coach because he works with him constantly. But I think Blake has really, really saved the football team because not a lot of guys would have done that.”
Lynch picked up a rushing attempt against Duke and saw limited time on offense against Kansas State, but the versatile sophomore has seen a majority of his action on defense this season. And so far, he has 14 tackles this season — 10 solo and 4 assisted — and has 4 passes defended.
Injuries have hit Baylor’s receiving corps, forcing Rhule to say to himself, “sure would love to have Blake over there.” But he’s impressed with what Lynch has been able to do as a former highly-touted receiver out of high school.
“What he’s doing is so hard to do,” Rhule said. “Not many people can go from not even having played corner, go from receiver, and go over and play corner, and play at the level that he’s played at. It’s truly, really just a credit to Blake, and just his toughness and his competitiveness.
“Sometimes I talk about being tough, and people want to know what I mean. I want Blake Lynch. He just goes out there and competes no matter what, and if you beat him he gets angry. He doesn’t make excuses. He doesn’t shrink. He goes out there and continues to try to do it. He’s really a positive story to me on this football team.”
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