Early Peek: Aaron Lynch

Irish Eyes continues its look at each of the five early enrollees with the star of the Blue Gold Game, Aaron Lynch.

To say Aaron Lynch "made a statement" during the annual Blue Gold Game is an understatement. Head coach Brian Kelly wisely made sure Lynch did not meet with the media following the final day of spring in an attempt to keep the Florida native from getting too high prior to the real contests he'll encounter in the fall.

What can you say about the 6-foot-6, 260-pound monster who had Andrew Hendrix nickname him "The Ice Man" because of the number of healing ice bags the young quarterback would have to apply to his body following Lynch's 7-tackle, multiple-QB hurry, performance .

While Lynch was the stat leader of the Blue team, it was the way he went about his day that caught everyone by surprise.

Yes, we all felt Lynch was going to be a major player for the Irish in the years to come. However, to take the field and go at it with veteran offensive linemen and win head-to-head battles on a consistent basis was not expected.

Not only did Lynch dominate when he was placed on the edge, his comfort zone, but also when lined up inside. With the ability to place a player with Lynch's physical size and athletic ability at both positions will allow defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to do many things with the young freshman and help give him even more reps in the Irish defense this fall.

Aaron Lynch is sure to hear the hype during the months leading up to the official start of the 2011 season. With more time spent in the Irish strength program and coaching once camp starts to improve upon his technique, do not be surprised if he will be considered a front runner to earn Freshman All-American honors this fall.

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