Last season, Lynch had 31 touches in 10 games for 252 yards, 8.1 yards per touch. He didn’t score. With the lingering hamstring injury, Lynch said he had trouble hitting top speed and cutting sharply. Knee surgery in the previous offseason – Lynch missed spring practice in 2017 after undergoing a platelet-rich plasma treatment, which promotes healing of tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints – affected him as well.
The switch from Thomas to TaQuon Marshall likely was part of Lynch’s drop in production, as Thomas was an accurate downfield passer who connected with Lynch on deep balls. But the explosiveness that Lynch had in breaking free on a downfield pass or turning the corner on an option pitch also was missing.
He had four runs or catches that went for more than 20 yards, one per 7.8 touches. In his first two seasons, the rate was one per 4.1 touches.
“It was very frustrating,” Lynch said. “I wasn’t really satisfied with my season last year, but I’ve got one more year, and just got to flush last year’s results and look forward now.”
The state of Lynch’s health was only one of the many factors that contributed to Tech’s 5-6 record in 2017. Likewise, having him play at full speed this fall would be a significant boost to the Yellow Jackets’ intentions to challenge for the ACC Coastal Division title. Lynch will be back with A-back mates Qua Searcy and Nathan Cottrell. Searcy and Lynch are two of 10 players who started six games or more who are back on offense.
“I’m going to try to make as many plays as I can as long as my number’s called,” Lynch said. “I’m just excited, really.”