Freeport grad's position change just what the doctor ordered at Case Western
As a senior at Freeport, Brendan Lynch led the football team to a share of the Allegheny Conference title and a WPIAL playoff appearance.
He's moved on to Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, but there's a noticeable change by his name on the roster.
Lynch (5-foot-9, 180 pounds) was an offensive machine as a quarterback at Freeport, throwing for 628 yards and eight touchdowns and churning out 1,188 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground. But he's making the transition to wide receiver to begin his college career.
“They recruited me as an overall athlete,” Lynch said.
Lynch has the size and skill set to play receiver, but switching from the thrower to the catcher will provide a challenge for him.
Lynch hopes to add on five to 10 pounds to his frame. He spent the summer getting ready for camp while on Case Western's workout program, which consists of four days of lifting weights combined with running, and a fifth day dedicated completely to running.
Talks with Case Western dated to his junior year when he caught the university's eye as two of his teammates, Sean Carson and Alex Carson, also were recruited by the school.
Anyone who knows Lynch is aware of his commitment to his studies.
He took the classroom side very seriously, sporting a 4.57 grade-point average and cited academics as a big reason why he chose Case Western. He also was one of four recipients of a $5,000 scholarship handed out by the WPIAL.
“Probably 80 percent of the decision was based off academics,” said Lynch, who will major in chemistry and pursue a career in medicine. “There are two hospitals on campus and a lot of opportunities in the pre-med program with internships, pre-lab work and research.”
The idea of pursing a career in the medical field came naturally; his father, Thomas Lynch, is a doctor.
Lynch also received attention from other Division III schools such as Washington & Jefferson and The College of Wooster.
“There were a lot of reasons that went into it,” Lynch said. “I thought it was the best option for me for school and football. It was the top choice, and I weighed all of the aspects of school, football, social life and opportunities for the future.”
Replacing the production of Lynch will be difficult. Just ask Freeport head coach John Gaillot.
“I'm very excited for him, he's going to do very well,” Gaillot said. “All of our seniors are going to be hard to replace, but when you try to replace a 1,000-yard rusher, and his big-play capability, it's always a concern. We are just waiting for someone else to step up and shine.”
Football wasn't the only sport in which Lynch excelled. He was a standout on the basketball and track teams.
D.J. Vasil is a freelance writer.