Lynch led USF with six sacks and 12.5 tackles for loss in the 2013 season, his first playing for the Bulls. The 6-6, 244-pound defensive end earned first team All-AAC honors while posting 30 tackles on the season. He previously earned Freshman All-America honors while playing the 2011 season at Notre Dame. He transferred to USF prior to the 2012 season, which he sat out under NCAA transfer rules. USF has had 22 players selected in the NFL Draft since 2001.
Redshirted after sitting out due to transfer rules.
Appeared in 12 games, starting six, at defensive end as a true freshman ... earned first-team Freshman All-America honors ... tallied 33 tackles, 5.5 sacks, seven TFL, 14 pressures, two PBU and a forced fumble ... his 14 pressures led the team ... posted a half TFL in his first collegiate game against USF ... notched five tackles, a sack, six pressures and a forced fumble versus Michigan St. ... added two tackles and a sack at Pitt ... posted three tackles and a sack at Purdue ... notched a tackle and two pressures against Air Force ... added a tackle and two pressures versus USC ... tallied three tackles, a sack and a PBU at Wake Forest ... posted five tackles versus Maryland ... notched a tackle, a half TFL, two pressures and a PBU against Boston College ... recorded a season-high six tackles and a half TFL at Stanford ... posted five tackles, 1.5 sacks and a pressure in the Champs Sports Bowl against Florida St.
Coached by Joe Bowen at Island Coast HS ... rated the sixth-best player nationally in 2010 by 24/7 Sports ... ranked as third-best defensive end and 15th-best prospect overall in ESPN 150 ratings ... listed 36th on SuperPrep Elite 50 squad ... ranked 22nd on MaxPreps Top 100 breakdown ... rated 28th-best player overall and third-best strong-side defensive end in nation by Rivals.com ... ranked 19th on Rivals Florida Postseason 100 list ... rated 91st-best prospect nationally by Sporting News ... listed 10th on Scout Top 100 breakdown ... played in U.S. Army All-American Bowl and registered 2.5 sacks ... ranked sixth in sacks among Florida Division 2B players and 83rd in state in 2010 ... selected Florida first-team all-state ... tabbed by Gainesville Sun as one of Florida's top 50 seniors ... selected to Florida Times-Union Super 75 squad following senior season ... named to the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Division 16 team ... Fort Myers News-Press all-area selection ... registered 31 solo stops and 10.5 sacks during senior campaign ... led team to 11-2 record and Florida 2B state semifinal playoff appearance ... completed his junior season in 2009 with 52 total tackles, 35 assists, 16 sacks, and two fumble recoveries, one returned for a touchdown ... graduated from high school in December 2010 and enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2011.
Son of Alice Lynch ... majoring in interdisciplinary social science.
- USF strength and conditioning coach Hans Straub has resigned after sending a tweet over the weekend criticizing former Bulls defensive end and San Francisco 49ers fifth-round draft pick Aaron Lynch. "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority," Straub posted to his personal Twitter account Saturday. The tweet was deleted, but Straub was nonetheless placed on indefinite leave before USF announced his resignation Tuesday afternoon. "USF Athletics has high expectations for each and every student-athlete, coach and staff member," Bulls athletic director Mark Harlan said in a statement. "To that end, I have accepted the resignation of Hans Straub from the position of head strength and conditioning coach. I thank him for his contributions to USF Athletics and wish him well in his future endeavors. A national search for his replacement will begin immediately."
Lynch was named an All-American at Notre Dame in 2011, but sat out 2012 after transferring to USF and finished with six sacks in 2013. Though he still earned first-team All-AAC honors in his lone season in Tampa, his draft stock slipped. "I am a first-round talent," Lynch said after the draft. "[But] I've made some mistakes in my past and I figured that's what hurt me a little bit." Lynch was recommended to the 49ers and Jim Harbaugh by Bulls coach Willie Taggart, who played for Harbaugh's father Jack at Western Kentucky. - Jerry Hinnen, CBSSports.com