Paxton Lynch- 

QB Memphis

5-10, 194, (O) 4.48, 4.35 SS,

41" Vert! 10'3"Broad!  

7.0 3-C, 30.3" Arms, 20 R!

The Top QB In The Draft: Part I.

By TOM

In high school he was a Wing-T QB, and also an RB early on. He rarely threw the ball. So has come an incredibly long way in a few short years. "I've kind of been overlooked at times in my career, kind of an underdog," Lynch said. "I'm very eager to get out there and impress those coaches and general managers watching and scouts watching me run and throw and jump. I know also a big part of it is the one-on-one meetings when they put you on the board. I'm excited for that too." I think it is interesting to see why these surprise quarterbacks don't hit prominence in high school.

His college coach also coached Andy Dalton at TCU. "Andy Dalton who I had at TCU ran the same offense and stepped right in and played right for Cincinnati, playing under the center, had no issues there," Fuente said. "Paxton will have no issues with that. Will there be a learning curve with playing in the NFL? Absolutely. I think Paxton has got a tremendous amount of upside but there’s going to be a lot of development and work as there is with most young quarterbacks along the way. Of all the things he’s going to need to work on, I think he’ll get over the hump from playing under the center much quicker than the speed of playing NFL football." I thought Wentz and Lynch had the best footwork coming out from under center at the Combine.

He will struggle to go deep sometimes. He lets his arm get away from him and tends to go over the top. However, he can hit guys in stride 30-yards down field when he is on. He is such a coachable kid, and you can see him work on his footwork and technique when he is on the field. You can almost hear him counting his foot steps like he is dancing. He looked mechanical with his steps in 2014.

He got dinged at the Combine for some injuries. "I had an issue with my left knee and my right knee, and then an issue with my AC joint," Lynch said. " When I hurt my AC joint my sophomore year against Cincinnati, I didn't realize that I had a small fracture in my clavicle. So that showed up on the x-ray. But it's healed. There are pieces of bones just floating around in there. It spooked a team or two, so they requested an MRI. I didn't miss a game, a practice or a single throw because of it, and none of those injuries bother me today." I did think his arm looked a little stronger in 2014 than 2015.

He can hit his WR in stride going over the middle as well. He read coverages very well in 2015. "That's not something I see as a struggle, as long as I work on it," Lynch said. "I know some of the pass protections are similar, just different terminology. And small things here and there. But as long as I get to work, I don't see it as something I can't handle. I'm not sure what situation I'm going to get put into. However a team needs to use me, that's how I'm going to be. I'm going to be a team guy, I'm not about myself. If it's coming in and sitting behind a guy, I'm still going to compete and push him. That's how teams get better. But if it's a team where I need to start, I'm going to formulate a plan and get to work." He does a nice job throwing the ball to spots that allow his receivers to catch it in stride and gain more yards with their feet.

He is amazingly agile running with the ball in his hands. He was Wing T QB in high school, and some of his best passes he made where in the option runs. He can flick it to the RB in the Option, after he is tripped and literally being tackled to the ground, and still make the perfect flip to the RB.

He has elite escapability when the O-line breaks down and he has multiple rushers in his face, which happened a lot. "I've always relied on my athletic ability with my size and arm strength in college," Lynch said. "I know that's going to be different in the NFL. Those guys are a lot faster and those windows are a lot smaller and those defenses do a lot more tricky stuff than they do in college. When I finally get to minicamp or rookie camp, I'll know how different it is. But it's obviously going to take some time to adjust. But I'm ready and excited for it." He does such a great job using his feet to get him into position to throw the ball away. He has elite feet in the pocket.

He rarely gets caught by rushers. One thing about his 2015 tape is that he wasn't a running QB anymore. He was a Wing-T QB in high school and developed into a pure pocket passer in three seasons. They called a lot of run plays for him in 2014, especially inside the Ten. But he still needs work on his footwork shifting in the pocket, keeping in balance, and throwing.

You can see on film how much more polished in the pocket he was in 2015. "When they [NFL guys] sit down and talk to him," Fuente said, "they are going to realize he's a highly intelligent young man that is living his dream right now but also really, really wants to learn to play the game at a high level. And a guy that's really started to scratch the surface of what he can become." He took such a huge step forward that you couldn't tell he was a wing-T QB in high school, while you could in 2014.

The ball will sail on him sometime when he doesn't set his feet. When he gets blitzers coming at him and can't step into the throw, he loses accuracy on deep ball. He has elite feet when he has to bail to his right, and still throw on the move accurately, take off for some yards, or throw it away. But can struggle with accuracy when he has to move his feet around in the pocket to avoid trash and traffic. His next step up has to come from his footwork in the pocket when it is overtaken by traffic. He almost always throws to far, as his arm gets away from him, when he can't step up to throw because a blitzer is about to hit him. One thing he did much better in 2015 than 2014 is he scrambles around to give his WRs time to get open, more than just take off and running.

He is not a one year wonder. He had a great season in 2014: Awards (Academic/Athletic): Selected to the 2014 All-Conference Second Team by the American Athletic Conference coaches … Voted the Most Valuable Player of the Miami Beach Bowl after completing 24-of-46 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another 38 yards and three scores … Performance on the field twice earned American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors (UCLA, UConn) as well as three Tennessee Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week recognitions (UCLA, Cincinnati, UConn) … Also on the American’s Honor Roll for weeks of the Middle Tennessee and SMU games … Named a Manning Award “All Star” following performance against USF late in the regular season … Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll freshman season ... Earned Tiger 3.0 list recognition for the Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

2014 Sophomore season: Helped lead Memphis to its first conference title since 1971 and a double-overtime victory in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl during  a season in which the Tigers posted a record 10 wins for only the second time in school history (1938 was the other) … Named the University of Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player for 2014 … For the season completed 259-of-413 passes for 3,031 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore … Averaged 233.2 yards passing while completing 62.7 percent of his passes during the year … Also rushed for 321 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 … The 13 rushing touchdowns during the season ranks seventh all-time at Memphis … Ranked second among American Athletic Conference players and 26th in FBS Football in rushing touchdowns … All told, was responsible for 210 points which also ranked second in the American in 14th in FBS … Season passing totals ranked as some of the best in Memphis history –attempts (fourth), completions (second), yards (third) and touchdowns (tied for third) ... Established a new school record for total yards of offense with 3,352 yards breaking Martin Hankins’ mark of 3,219 yards set in 2007 ... Completed better than 70 percent of his passes in six games during the year including 74.1 percent (20-of-27) in the Tigers’ season-opening, 63-0 win over Austin Peay … First of four, 300-yard passing games came the second week of the season in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss at UCLA … Despite losing the game earned American Athletic Conference and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors after completing 27-of-41 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown against the 11th-ranked Bruins.

SMU: Nice accuracy hitting the RB out of the backfield. He has good pocket presence. He will sit in the pocket until he is forced to leave, and looks very smooth and athletic moving out of the pocket do to pressure, and keeps his head up and will throw it away when he still has nothing. He is so good at hitting the WR over the middle. Height, and extremely high release really help him throwing screens and short passes over the D-linemen. Nice quick release. Finds guys when he is trouble. Nice fake on double moves. 

He gets the ball from snap to release as fast as any QB in this Draft. Not as smooth throwing to his left. So far that is the only negative I have seen. I love how he throws so quickly outside off the playaction. There is almost nothing a defense can do when he can release the ball that quickly. When he has an open guy, he gets the ball there fast. He can look off the safety and throw quickly to the other side. He is so good in the pocket. He never looks out of balance, or out of sorts. I love how he looks downfield, and then smoothly turns and dumps it off the RB sneaking out of the backfield. It is so effortless.

Mississippi: He pulled off a shocking win over Mississippi. He has that innate trait to take off when the pocket is collapsing while his eyes are down field. He always seems to have his eyes down field. It all seems to come so natural for him. He has the best instincts of any QB in this Draft. He hit his TE while waggling outside, between four defenders, and across his body. That was such a great throw. He has a great arm, but seem to be just a little off on deep throws consistently.

He is so excellent in the face of pressure. He can be right in the middle of play action, and have a DT running right at him full boar, and he just tries to flip it over him like he was expecting it. He is the type of QB who wins on 3rd Down. That is so important in the NFL. Keep that drive alive. He can throw the fast ball between two defenders with not a lot of room. He still has work to do on fundamentals and footwork. Struggles with accuracy with deep throws.

Ole Miss got up 14, and he guided them right down field. Then he threw a TD pass while being chased out of the backfield, and crushed after he threw. He throws in the face of pressure better than any QB in this Draft. He will throw a little wide some times. He seems to miss to the side, rather than short or down field to far. They were up 24-14 at the Half. I'm sold. He tore up a very good SEC team like is was a warm game up against some never before heard of Division Two team.

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The Auburn Game:

Lynch is such an interesting prospect, and has become under rated for such an odd prospect. What people seem to not know is that his Head Coach, O-line coach, and WR coach all left the team in November before the Bowl game. "We definitely underestimated them," Lynch said about Auburn at the Combine. "And their record did not show for how good of a football program that was. Coach Fuente leaving obviously affected us. And a couple of the offensive coaches left as well. The offensive line coach, the receivers coach [Both] left with Fuente that week so it was rough in preparation. But I'm not one to make excuses for anything that we did. I didn't play as well as I should have. So that's that." I don't think any QB (except Brady of course) could have won that game with their top three offensive coaches bailing on them right before the game.

So he is being dinged badly for the poor performance of the entire Memphis team, after his HC, OL and WR coaches bailed on them a month before the game. "I'm not one to make excuses," Lynch said. "Fact of the matter is we didn't play well. If people say it's all about that game, we did some really good things last season. The Ole Miss defense was better than Auburn's, in my opinion, though Auburn was probably better than we expected." What happened to those kids in that game was just wrong. If you look past that game, and think about all the adversity he and his teammates faced in that game, he is the second best QB prospect in this Draft.

He was the most impressive QB in college football on the field right up until that point. Then, surprise-surprise, the offense fell apart around him without the HC, and his two other most important offensive coaches. Lynch came out in that game and drove the offense right down field and scored against a top SEC defense. 

Then Auburn adjusted. In the 1st quarter and into the 2nd, Lynch was firing BBs out into the flat and up to the marker deep outside. The secondary seemed shocked by his arm. Then Auburn coaches adjusted, and cut off those Outs and Digs, and the depleted Memphis coaching staff had no answer. They kept calling the same outside passes that the DC had taken away. It was an epic fail by the depleted coaching staff. Lynch did not play badly, his team was out manned and completely out coaching on all levels.

The Auburn secondary overwhelmed the Memphis WRs. By the way, all five Memphis WRs he was throwing to last season were all walk-ons who were not considered good enough to earn a scholarship for a Division I school coming out of high school. Meanwhile, the Auburn secondary has three guys who are going to be drafted in this Draft alone. In a lot of ways, that vicious beating makes the victory against Mississippi all the more impressive. 

He reminds me of Bledsoe in the pocket, only he is a much better athlete "Those long legs will get to running, and he'll pull away," his teammate the LB McManis said. "There was a point where I was chasing after him, and he got away a little bit, and I was like, man, did that really happen?" He doesn't looks like a giraffe running, like Bledsoe. 

Additional Notes:

AuburnHe has a reputation, mainly against Mississippi, for being a 2nd half player. He struggled a little to start the 3rd quarter, and his receivers had three drops of very good throws. Then it was 3rd and 10 at the 24, and he threw a dime to the outside WR for a first. That was a great throw. I like to see what a QB does when everything is falling apart, and he came through there. Then he threw into tight coverage. On 2nd down he threw a WR screen, and his guy got the first to make it 1st and 10 at the 12. 2nd down he faked a Draw, and then hit his receiver in one hand on the back of the endzone, but he was out of bounds. 3rd and 6, and he hits his WR in the hands and the ball is popped up and intercepted for his forth on the season. You could see that INT visibly hurt him.

He faced some adversity against Auburn. He had to take off on 3rd down which forced the field goal in the 2nd quarter, and it was blocked. I like how he looks left, and then turns and snaps it to the WR in the right slot with some zip. He will run the QB draw. He hurt his left arm in the Bowl game. He he looses his footwork in the pocket, he will throw high a lot.

He is the biggest of the top QB prospects, and he might be the best athlete of the bunch. He throws out of his drop on his back foot more than any other of the top QBs. He finds the openings. and throws it by the time he finishes his third step. He can lose accuracy sometimes when he has to go to his third or forth option. He will throw it sidearm sometimes. He throws a nice ball 30-yards down field. He will also throw it from high over his head, in a great high release pass down the sidelines. He has a lot of work to do on his footwork in the pocket. When he looses control of his feet, he looses control of his arm. The good news is that his feet don't panic in the face of the rush. He is unflappable in the face of the rush.

He doesn't normally throw INTs, but he had three INTs. Two of them bounced off his receivers, and were intercepted. He throws so quickly. He throws so smoothly on the run. He can reach back and grab the bad snap. Plays in a pure shotgun offense. Oddly, every one of his WRs were walk-ons. So he is not being pulled up by his receivers. He is pulling them up. He had five receivers with 20 receptions. He tends to start off a little slow, but once he gets hot, watch out. He is one of those guys that needs to get hit before he is ready to play. He is so smooth in the face of pressure. He never seems like he is pressing. When the edgerusher gets past the tackle, he moves smoothly forward, and takes off. I love how he can waggle outside, and then just stop and throw all the way across the field and hit his receiver. Great arm.

Lynch Vs Auburn:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1DKrIHoMhII

 

 

Lynch Vs Mississippi:

He starts off this drive with a nice playaction pass. Then shows he can check down to his third receiver. He has a couple of drops, and then you can see that he uses his feet to escape the pocket and take off. But he likes to try and escape to throw the ball instead of run. He has become a pass first QB (:01). One of the main reasons I like him is that he is so cool under pressure. Nothing seems to rattle him. He takes the big hit on 2nd and long. Then watch him roll out of the pocket, with a rusher fighting the ORT in his face, and then calmly completing the pass on 3rd and 17. Now it is short, as 17-yards is a long way to go, but that was a great throw coming off a big hit. QBs have to process a thousand bits of information, get hit in the gut by a charging minotaur, get plowed into the ground, have his head bounce off the ground like a super ball, and then get up and do it again. He showed that must-have trait right there.

A QB not only has to be able to take the big hit and still lead his team, he has to like it. He catches it, turns, and fires as fast any QB in this Draft. And he actually moved his feet to make the throw, which too many spread QBs don't do. Then he does it again, with the exact same footwork stepping into the throw (:48). Then you see his real magic. All five of his WRs are walk-ons going up against some of the top recruits in the SEC. No one did more with less than this guy against SEC competition (1:05). He over throws a deep pass a little down the sideline, against excellent coverage. Then he takes a big hit, and completes his next pass out into the left Flat. He gets stuck with the ball low because of the play action, and then gets the pass batted down. Another thing I really like about him is that he always seems to follow a bad play with a good play. 

After getting pressure in his face and he gets his pass batted down, they run a screen. Which is designed to get rushers into his face. He gets two guys in his face, and he just flicks it over them so effortlessly into the well set up screen. He is so calm, cool, and collected in the face of the rush, nothing bothers him on the field (1:38). He is so smooth waggling out to his right and throwing on the run. Then the Option run that he keeps and gets a few yards. Watch this throw on the move for the first TD of the game (2:14). He hits the TE slashing out of bounds, in the endzone, right above the numbers, while being knocked sideways off his feet by the D-end. He is the most natural thrower in this Draft, and most importantly the rush doesn't seems to bother him. 

He flicks it out to the screen. Then he makes a great throw. He has to flee the pocket, and check down to his fourth option as he flees the pocket, and coverts the big 1st down. He will struggle with touch sometimes. But then after he makes a bad throw, check out this Rope for a 1st to his Flanker (2:21). He turns, waits, and hits his WR in the chest. But the ball pops up and is intercepted and his WR knows that was his fault. 

He comes back out after the INT, and makes an incredible throw. Not one or two other QBs in this Draft could make this throw. He runs play action, and then waggles out to his right. He stops, and the DE dives at him as he riffles the pass between three defenders. In this game he not only made good plays after bad, he made great plays (3:14). Watch him take this snap, and then attack forward like an RB. This is one of those plays I love. The pocket is collapsing all around him, and just calmly steps into his pass and throws a strike into the Redzone (3:38). He runs a little play action and throws it high into coverage. That was a great play by the DB. He makes a bad play, and then he has nothing so he tries to take off for the TD. 

Still down four, he retreats with his sweet feet, and then flicks it to his TE dragging outside while being crushed again. He gets up after another big knock down hit, and he tries to hit the RB on the play action middle screen, but it was a little too cute and the DE defended the pass (4:17). But they pick up the 1st on a run. They run a Jet-sweep play action, and then he winds up and fires a bullet into the RB, between two defenders, but he can't hold on (4:36). Then he shows his athleticism with a hop-cut inside run (4:48). He pumps right, gets knocked back off his feet, but holds his balance. Then he takes off to the left, and fires it out of bounds. Throwing the ball away is not a bad play, but often the smart one.

He connects on the screen in the face of pressure again. Then he has time in the pocket for the first time in a while, and his WR in the Flat. Then he runs a great play action in the triple option, and really sells it by leaving the ball in the RB's gut for two seconds. He fires another Rope down to the Five (5:07). In the Redzone (5:47). They run a little misdirection. He looks off the first crosser, and hits his favorite target, #3, the second crosser for the TD. That was a great low throw into coverage where only his guy could catch it, or it was incomplete. 

Now suddenly up ten, watch how calmly he drags the rusher into him, and fires it to his WR on the bubble screen. Watch the speed of his side arm throw off the play action to the WR. Then piece de resistance. Watch the fake, and then watch how quickly he is running outside. Then he throws the bullet into his WR's gut on a full gallop. That is just a great throw (5:59). He can throw it from different levels. One of the things I really like about him is how many different ways he can throw the ball. Watch the great high release, over the D-line, on this rocket (6:25). That throw is as good as it gets.

Play action. Steps into the throw with perfect foot work (6:32). Now he's in rhythm, and he unleashes a pair of NFL throws that will make offensive coordinators drool. First off watch the speed that he rolls out with. He rolls out faster than any QB I have ever seen that still throws the ball. Then he throws a rocket on an Out pattern (6:47). Then maybe the throw of the game. They line up at the 31. They have to keep seven guys in to block, that's 7, because Mississippi has an elite defense. He zings it down field on a 33-yard Out in the Endzone (6:56). He throws a rock through that tiny window on the Out pattern, and shatters the CB's coverage. That is as great a throw as you will see. 

He throws another rock that shatters a window in coverage to the tight end (7:16). Then he just continues the assault by dinking and dunking down field (7:35). He gets big time pressure, but is able to use his athleticism to escape and throws the ball away. That is a nice play in the Redzone that kept them in field goal range (8:14). He throws another rocket into tight coverage, beneath three DBs (8:38). This is another great throw (8:46). He runs play action, and then with two unblocked linebackers charging him like runaway rhinos, he throws a perfect pass to his tight end between two defenders. again.

He did more with less than any of the other QBs in this Draft. Goff has at least two WRs and an RB (who the Pats are interested in Drafting), and Wentz never played against an FBS opponent. And he certainly never played again an SEC team like Mississippi or Auburn. 

Lynch Vs Mississippi:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yb1FjaNRgRw

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Lynch Vs BYU 2014:

He seems to be getting dinged for choking in the Auburn game, but that was pure coaching. He has come through in the clutch before, and was known as a big time clutch player. In the the 2014 Miami Beach Bowl, he was the best player on the field against BYU. which is another team loaded with NFL talent: NFL.com tabbed performance: in 55-48 double-overtime victory against BYU in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl as one of the Top 10 of the bowl season … Completed 24-of-46 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns including an 11-yard strike to Roderick Proctor for what proved to be the game-winner in the second overtime of the Miami Beach Bowl … Also ran for three touchdowns en route to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player … Trailing 45-38 with 2:34 to play in regulation, led the Tigers on a on a game-tying touchdown drive capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to Malone with the Tigers facing fourth down-and-four … Also converted a fourth-and-seven during the drive with a 19-yard pass to Malone … Equaled an NCAA FBS bowl record with the seven touchdowns responsible for against BYU … Tied the mark set by Washington’s Keith Price against Baylor in the 2011 Alamo Bowl and equaled by West Virginia’s Geno Smith against Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl … Record was also tied by Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush who threw seven touchdown passes against Western Kentucky in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl.

I watched this game, and almost put money on BYU, as they were so obvious the far superior team. He starts off looking a little mechanical in his fakes on the first play of the game. But watch this great throw to the WR going down the seam (:01). Then watch this throw to the WR flashing 30-yards down the sideline. That is an NFL throw (:37). Okay, he might have gotten a little bit too excited with that TD, LOL.

You can see that almost mechanical play action, but he really sells it. That extra hitch after the RB takes off, kept the LBs too shallow on the crossing pattern (1:32). Another NFL pass in massive traffic. #89 is in the middle of five defenders and he puts it in a place where he can turn and run with it (1:59). He does such a great job retreating with his feet until he can throw the ball away (2:11). That throw away allowed him to stay on the One, where he was able to use his feet to score (2:24). He understands that throwing the ball away in the Redzone and on the Goal line is not a bad play.

Throwing a strike with pressure in his face again (2:45). He fakes right, and then throws a strike to the tight end running in stride over the middle. That is a great throw (3:00). He uses a hook shot to throw over the rushers, as the Screen was set up a little slow (4:07). 3rd and 4, and he hits his WR's hand in the endzone (4:34). He goes all the way across the field from left to right, and finds his relief valve and dumps it off (5:14). In the Redzone he runs twice. The second time on 1st and goal from the Three for a TD (5:59). I'm not a big fan of QBs running, as his fumble in the 1st quarter showed. 

After three straight incompletions that hit his WR's hands, he looses control of his feet and throws an INT (6:44). On the next play he gets a little tentative and takes off up field (8:19). Then he seems a little tentative, but still completes a nice pass down the seam (8:37). There is nothing wrong with dumping it off to the RB (8:47). He is so good in the pocket. Watch the little fake, and the slip move past the rushers that gets him into position to dump the ball off (9:00). In the Redzone, and he runs it again (9:32). He ran a lot more in 2014 than 2015. You can really see on Tape how smoother he was as a thrower in 2015.

Then he sneaks it in with another run. Okay, this is taking too long. Let's skip ahead to him in the Clutch in his first Bowl game. Now it is important to note that he had the game almost won, and gave the ball away three times. I like to judge how QB do when everything goes wrong. He just gave up the lead, by throwing an INT, in his first Bowl game. Now is the time to panic, sulk, and give up.

He starts off not liking what he sees downfield and dumping it off. Again, there is nothing wrong with dumping the ball off to the RB. Which is something that a lot of young QBs have trouble learning. Good coverage down field, you get a little pressure on your left, and your play maker is alone in the Flat. It always shocks me when people think that it's a great play (15:08). Then the RB makes a little move and picks up the 1st. If you are a QB, get the ball into your playmakers hands, because it can bring a big smile to your face when they make a play.

Again, you don't have to bomb it every down. His TE is wide open running underneath down the sideline. He gets him the ball, in full stride, and he almost gets a 1st (15:18). He runs a nice play action, but BYU is in deep coverage again. So he runs outside for a 1st. This is where his running skills come in handy, as long as he gets out of bounds without getting hit (15:30). Now it doesn't look like much, the last three plays, but now they are over midfield and he can take a chance on a deep throw (15:41). He isn't able to step into his throw and his arm gets away from him a little. When his footwork is bad in the pocket, his deep throws are always off. He will need a lot of footwork drills in the pocket for him to be able to step up to the next level. Which is not an insult, because Brady still does footwork drills for when he is in the pocket. When his feet get away from him is when his mistakes come, and it is always when he is in the pocket moving back or sideways. 

He shows his escapability again as he avoids what could have been a game ending sack and throws the ball away (15:54). They set up the screen to slow. He rushes it a little, and it is blown up (16:10). 3rd and 7, he makes a great throw to his teammate inside the Ten, and he drops it (16:19). 4th and 7, with everything on the line. He makes a great throw with three rushers flashing into his face, and is knocked back into the turf. He sees his WR being covered by a LB, and he puts it where only he can catch it (16:10). That was a big time clutch NFL throw right there.

He runs that robotic play action, but it really seems to work. He has nothing, so he throws it away right before he is sacked (17:11). 3rd and 8, he doesn't like the coverage so he takes off (17:22). Okay, 4th and 4 at the Five with everything on the line again. He avoids two rushers with his feet, directs traffic, and then throws the game tying TD to his WR surrounded by four guys, and a D-end in his legs (17:32). That was a great NFL throw.

1st OT. He takes the big hit in the back, fumbles the ball again, but his teammate saves him (18:57). He sees the rush about to kill him (19:11). He hits his RB so they can kick the field goal and tie the game.

2nd OT. He throws into coverage down the sideline (19:20). He reads the D, and hits his WR in the hole in the zone (19:32). He waggles outside to his right and hits his WR in the Endzone for the win (19:48). In some ways that was the best game of his career, and it some ways (turnovers) it wasn't. But it really shows how much more mature he was as a QB in 2015. Better footwork. More throwing. Less TOs. He, like all young QBs, is going to have to take another big step or five, like he took in 2015 to be a winning QB in the NFL. Look, none of these QBs is going to step and become an instant winner. They all are going to take four or five years of pure growth to become consistent winning QBs in the NFL. If you think Lynch is going to be the best QB in five years, like me, you take Lynch ahead of Wentz and Goff. If you think Wentz is going to be the best QB in five years (like I do now) than you take him.

Lynch Vs BYU 2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sgR-ofFLvvE

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Lynch's Official Stats:

Awards (Academic/Athletic): Selected to the 2014 All-Conference Second Team by the American Athletic Conference coaches … Voted the Most Valuable Player of the Miami Beach Bowl after completing 24-of-46 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for another 38 yards and three scores … Performance on the field twice earned American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors (UCLA, UConn) as well as three Tennessee Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week recognitions (UCLA, Cincinnati, UConn) … Also on the American’s Honor Roll for weeks of the Middle Tennessee and SMU games … Named a Manning Award “All Star” following performance against USF late in the regular season … Named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll freshman season ... Earned Tiger 3.0 list recognition for the Fall 2012, Spring 2013 and Spring 2014 semesters.

Ahead of 2015 season received preseason recognition, being named preseason all-conference second team by Phil Steele ... Received third-team preseason all-conference recognition from Athlon Sports ... Honoring America’s College Player of the Year, was included on the Maxwell Award watch list announced by the Maxwell Football Club ... Also on the Preseason Watch Lists for the 2015 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Walter Camp Foundation’s 2015 Player of the Year Award … Also on the Watch List for the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl … The Manning Award is the only quarterback award which also includes candidates’ bowl performance in its balloting.

2014 (Sophomore): Helped lead Memphis to its first conference title since 1971 and a double-overtime victory in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl during  a season in which the Tigers posted a record 10 wins for only the second time in school history (1938 was the other) … Named the University of Memphis’ DeAngelo Williams Most Valuable Player for 2014 … For the season completed 259-of-413 passes for 3,031 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore … Averaged 233.2 yards passing while completing 62.7 percent of his passes during the year … Also rushed for 321 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2014 … The 13 rushing touchdowns during the season ranks seventh all-time at Memphis … Ranked second among American Athletic Conference players and 26th in FBS Football in rushing touchdowns … All told, was responsible for 210 points which also ranked second in the American in 14th in FBS … Season passing totals ranked as some of the best in Memphis history –attempts (fourth), completions (second), yards (third) and touchdowns (tied for third) ... Established a new school record for total yards of offense with 3,352 yards breaking Martin Hankins’ mark of 3,219 yards set in 2007 ... Completed better than 70 percent of his passes in six games during the year including 74.1 percent (20-of-27) in the Tigers’ season-opening, 63-0 win over Austin Peay … First of four, 300-yard passing games came the second week of the season in the Tigers’ 42-35 loss at UCLA … Despite losing the game earned American Athletic Conference and Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors after completing 27-of-41 passes for 305 yards and a touchdown against the 11th-ranked Bruins.

Over a three-week stretch to begin American Athletic Conference play: He completed better than 71 percent of his passes for 861 yards and five touchdowns … Had a career-high 202.90 pass efficiency rating in conference-opening 41-14 win at Cincinnati … Completed 18-of-25 passes for 311 yards and two touchdowns … Also rushed for 45 yards and had two scoring runs of 10 yards each … Answered Cincinnati’s game-opening scoring drive with a touchdown nine-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Jones, capping a seven-play, 41-yard drive in which he completed all three of his passing attempts … Helped put the Tigers out in front for good with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Adrian Henderson on a third-and-six play … Earned Player of the Week honors from the TSWA following the conference-opening victory … Helped Memphis begin a seven-game win streak to end the season with a career-high, 311-yard passing game against SMU to spark the Tigers to a 48-10 win in Dallas … Completed 17-of-23 passes (73.9 percent) in the SMU victory … Tossed a season-long, 54-yard touchdowns pass to Phil Mayhue for the Tigers’ first points against the Mustangs … Passed for 230 yards in the Tigers’ 16-13 win at Temple that got Memphis bowl eligible for the first time since 2008 … A 17-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hayes with 3:58 to play in the first half tied the game at 10-10 … With the score tied at 13-13 with less than three minutes to play, engineered a game-winning, 66-yard scoring drive that started with a 16-yard completion to Mose Frazier from the Memphis 20 … Would complete all five pass attempts including an 11-yarder to Keiwone Malone to move the ball to the Temple 20 to help set up the game-winning field goal as time expired … Performance against USF was recognized him as an “All Star” by the Manning Award as he completed a career-best 78.3 percent of his passes … Completed 18-of-23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns … Also ran for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the 31-20 victory over the Bulls … Hooked up with Frazier for a 42-yard touchdown pass to give Memphis a 21-10, second-quarter lead … Earned American and TSWA Player of the Week honors as the Tigers captured a conference title with a 41-10 win over UConn … Established a new career high, passing for four touchdowns in the game, completing 22-of-41 passes for 194 yards and also ran for 40 yards on nine carries … Three touchdown passes against UConn came in the first quarter, a first by a Memphis quarterback since 2008 … With the performance, established a new Memphis record for touchdowns responsible for.

NFL.com tabbed performance: in 55-48 double-overtime victory against BYU in the inaugural Miami Beach Bowl as one of the Top 10 of the bowl season … Completed 24-of-46 passes for 306 yards and four touchdowns including an 11-yard strike to Roderick Proctor for what proved to be the game-winner in the second overtime of the Miami Beach Bowl … Also ran for three touchdowns en route to being named the game’s Most Valuable Player … Trailing 45-38 with 2:34 to play in regulation, led the Tigers on a on a game-tying touchdown drive capped by a five-yard touchdown pass to Malone with the Tigers facing fourth down-and-four … Also converted a fourth-and-seven during the drive with a 19-yard pass to Malone … Equaled an NCAA FBS bowl record with the seven touchdowns responsible for against BYU … Tied the mark set by Washington’s Keith Price against Baylor in the 2011 Alamo Bowl and equaled by West Virginia’s Geno Smith against Clemson in the 2012 Orange Bowl … Record was also tied by Central Michigan’s Cooper Rush who threw seven touchdown passes against Western Kentucky in the 2014 Bahamas Bowl.

2013 (Redshirt Freshman): Recorded just the 10th, 2000-yard passing season in program history, completing 203-of-349 passes for 2,056 yards and nine touchdowns ... Only the second freshman to pass for over 2,000 yards as Ryan Williams passed for 2,075 yards in 2010 ... The 203 pass completions ranks sixth on the Memphis season charts while the 312 passes thrown ranks eighth all-time ... In just one season becomes the 16th Memphis quarterback to pass for over 2,000 yards in a career ... Completed 58.2 percent of his passes as a redshirt freshman which ranks eighth on the season lists ... Averaged 171.3 passing yards per season ... Also ran for 127 net yards and two touchdowns ... Averaged 181.9 yards of total offense per game ... In the season opener against Duke, became the first freshman to begin a season at quarterback since Andy Whitwell opened the 1986 season as the starting quarterback against Ole Miss ... In debut against the Blue Devils completed 14-of-24 passes for 148 yards ... First touchdown pass came on a one-yard toss to tight end Alan Cross at Middle Tennessee ... Engineered a 10-play, 69-yard drive which gave the Tigers a 15-14 lead early in the fourth quarter of the Middle Tennessee game ... Completed 19-of-27 passes for 170 yards ... Completed 17-of-26 passes for 176 yards and a touchdown in the Tigers' 31-7 win over Arkansas State ... Hooked up with Cross for another short scoring strike against A-State ... Passed for a season-high 279 yards, completing 20-of-38 passes against eventual American Athletic Conference champion UCF ... With the Tigers trailing 24-17 with 1:46 to play after back-to-back UCF touchdowns, moved the Tigers down the field with completions of 19, 7 and 24 yards before a Memphis turnover ended a potential tying drive ... Completed 21-of-41 passes for 222 yards at Houston but the Tigers had to settle for five field goals in an eventual 25-15 loss ... The 41 pass attempts was a season high ... Completed a season high 26 of 36 passes for 198 yards against SMU ... Trailing 6-0 to UT Martin, scored on a six-yard run with 23 seconds to play in the first half to give the Tigers a 7-6 lead and capped an 80-yard drive midway through the fourth quarter with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Brandon Hayes as the Tigers extended their lead en route to a 21-6 win ... Completed 15-of-22 passes for 189 yards ... Also had a season-high, 24-yard run on the same offensive series which culminated with the touchdown pass to Hayes ... Attempted just 13 passes at USF, completing six for a season-low 59 yards but ran for a season-high 51 yards on six carries ... The USF game marked the only contest with fewer than 22 pass attempts

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