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Minnesota Golden Gopher senior linebacker Jack Lynn checks in at MIG No. 4

Jack Lynn paid his dues and over the past two seasons has developed into one of Minnesota's team leaders and best players on defense. Lynn is poised to go out in style with a huge senior season for the Golden Gophers.

When it comes to developing linebackers Minnesota should be proud of the progress of fifth year senior Jack Lynn.  When the former three-star linebacker out of Lake Zurich (IL) showed up on Minnesota’s campus during the summer of 2012 he was lucky to be north of 200 pounds.

Lynn didn’t back down and went to work.  After redshirting in 2012 and barely playing in 2013 Lynn was ready to see the field in 2014.  During his sophomore and junior seasons he played in 26 straight games and started over half (17).  Lynn is now clearly defined as one of the team leaders on defense and at 6’3 and 240 pounds looks like he was born to play linebacker in the Big Ten.

Whether it be deemed coincidence or not, it was shortly after Minnesota named former Gopher linebacker Mike Sherels as their new linebacker coach that Lynn was ready to play, figured out the Big Ten game and exploded onto the scene.

Over the course of the last two seasons Lynn has totaled 133 tackles, 18 tackles-for-loss, 2.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and broke up four passes.

Lynn was recognized by the Big Ten media following his junior season as he was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.  More will be expected in his final season in Maroon and Gold and I fully expect Lynn to deliver. When I think of what Gopher fans can expect of Lynn on a consistent basis I look back at his performance in Columbus last season.  

Facing one of the best running backs in recent conference history and an equally impressive offensive line, Lynn had arguably his best game (degree of difficultly factored in) of his Gopher career against the Buckeyes.  Lynn was all over the field and finished with seven tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble.

Not only am I putting Lynn on a 100+ tackle performance in 2016, I am also expecting Lynn to clearly identify himself as the heart and soul of the Gopher defense.  Lynn will be a disruptive force all over the field and will headline the best linebacker unit the Gophers have fielded in years.

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14.  Cody Poock

13.  Julian Huff

12.  Drew Wolitarsky

11.  Rodney Smith

10.  Merrick Jackson

9.   Jonah Pirsig

8.  Brandon Lingen

7.  Jalen Myrick

6.  Tyler Moore

5.  Shannon Brooks

4.  Jack Lynn

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