Terps fullback Lynch will skip final season to enter NFL draft

College Football

January 20, 2003|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Maryland fullback James Lynch, who started the last nine games for the Terrapins in 2002, has left the team and declared himself eligible for the NFL draft in April.

The junior from Washington made the decision last week. Yesterday, he said he hoped to help his family. His mother, Brenda Lynch, died last summer and his son, James Jr., lives with his sister, Regina Hill.

"It's just based on feedback from my coaches and because of my family situation," Lynch said. "It's a huge step to make. But it's one I'm ready for."

During this past season, Lynch served mostly as a blocking back, rushing 30 times for 118 yards and catching seven passes for 63 yards.

He is banking on the possibility that NFL teams are interested in fullbacks to get him into a training camp as a draft choice or as a free agent. Maryland coach Ralph Friedgen agreed.

"Fullbacks are something that are always hard to find. He is an excellent blocker, a good receiver and he has some ball-carrying skills," Friedgen said. "So I think the people in the NFL would be interested in a guy with James' talent."

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