Chuck Lynch

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Charles "Chuck" Lynch Jr. (born December 16, 1968) is a former member of the Clemson football team from 1987-1991 and the starting punter for the 1991 season. During this time, Clemson won three Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, had a combined record of 49-10-1, competed in five bowl games (3 Citrus, 1 Hall of Fame, 1 Gator) where the only bowl loss was to California in the 1992 Florida Citrus Bowl.

Early career: Under Head Coach Jack Plunkett, Lynch played as a tight end and punter for Chestnut Hill Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At both positions he earned all conference honors and was named to the all city team in both positions. He also received 2nd team all state honors as a punter his senior year as well as earning his place on the academic honor roll during his career. At the time, Lynch was one of the first graduates from his school to play Divsion I football and earn a scholarship.

He was recruited to play for Clemson by Danny Ford and earned a full academic and athletic scholarship. Lynch was also an accomplished golfer and had scholarship offers for this sport but ultimately decided on football.

At Clemson: Lynch was the starting punter for the 1991 season that saw the Tigers ranked as high as #6. Majoring in Spanish and International Business, Lynch received his B.A. in 1991 and graduated with a 3.5 GPA. He received all conference honors for academic achievements, along with being named to the academic honor roll and President's list. After completeing undergraduate work in four years, Lynch played his final season as a graduate student and ultimately earned his M.B.A. in May, 1993.

For his academic and athletic achievement along with community service, Lynch was awarded The ESPN/Toyotal Leadership Award in November 1991, a national honor presented live on ESPN.

As ACC Champions in the Florida Citrus Bowl versus California, Lynch punted a career high eight times for a 43.3 yard / punt average. Going into this game, Clemson led the nation with fewest punt return yards allowed in the regular season at 86 yards.

After Clemson: Lynch was invited to camp with the Atlanta Falcons and also auditioned for other NFL teams.

External links

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chuck_Lynch

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