Notre Dame loses top DE, stellar soph Aaron Lynch

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Notre Dame defensive end Aaron Lynch has left the Fighting Irish football team and will transfer to another school at the end of the spring semester, the University announced today. This is a huge loss as Lynch was the jewel of Brian Kelly‘s first ND recruiting class and figured to be the Irish most powerful and best d lineman this fall.

Lynch was a top rated recruit who committed to Notre Dame, de-committed in the wake of the Declan Sullivan tragedy, and then committed again to the Irish. He also dominated last year’s spring game.

“Aaron recently approached me about his desire to leave Notre Dame and return to Florida,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said.

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Notre Dame Defense: Too Early 2011 Season Preview

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In 2010, the Notre Dame defense improved dramatically over its 2009 output, making big leaps in scoring defense (63rd nationally to 23rd), interceptions (50th to 19th) and sacks (89th to 54th). Those numbers come mostly from the final four games, when they seem to just “get it,” a stark contrast from the first nine games where they showed potential but were also very inconsistent.  In the final four, including the Sun Bowl win over Miami, the d held opponents to less than 10 ppg. Limiting Army and Utah to just 3 apiece.

The Fighting Irish D return eight players who started at least eight games last season, including junior linebacker and All-America candidate Manti Te’o, who led the team with 133 tackles. He’s a Butkus Award front-runner and a likely first round pick in the next NFL draft.

Go here for our season preview of the 2011 ND offense (passing game)

Go here for our season preview of the 2011 ND offense (running game)

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Best Defensive End in College Football? Notre Dame, Michigan Have Candidates

Notre Dame senior defensive end tandem of Kapron Lewis-Moore and Ethan Johnson were named preseason candidates for the 2011 Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award. Lewis-Moore and Johnson are one of three sets of teammates to appear on the list of 35 players. The other two are North Carolina’s Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss; and USC’s Wes Horton and Nick Perry.

University of Michigan football senior defensive end Ryan Van Bergen was also named to the list; which honors the nation’s top defensive end.

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ND’s Aaron Lynch: one of College Football’s Top Newcomers this Fall

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Of all the players making a name for themselves in the Notre Dame blue/gold game, freshman Aaron Lynch stood out from the pack. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound defensive end, an early enrollee this semester in South Bend, was the talk of the Fighting Irish spring game. Lynch was spectacular in the first half and ended the game with six tackles, 1 1/2 for a loss, and a quarterback rush. He also delivered several of the hardest hits in the game.

There will be lots of impact freshman across the national college football landscape this autumn; Lynch will be among the cream of this crop, so get to know this name now.

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