87 Shawn Lynch
Bowl-bound Navy is looking for its first win over the Spartans in what will be the third meeting.
The Mids and Jaguars are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
The Rainbow Warriors have won the previous two meetings with the Midshipmen.
Navy has won two of the last three games played in South Bend.
By Gary Lambrecht
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At Navy: Enters the spring listed as even with Matt Aiken and Casey Bolena at wide receiver ... started 12 games at wide receiver last year ... is also Navy's top punt returner ... played safety as a sophomore, but switched back to wide receiver last spring ... exceptional athlete with good speed ... has earned two varsity letters.
2012: Appeared in 13 games, starting the final 12 games of the year ... Navy's third-leading receiver, catching 14 passes for 281 yards and a team-best 20.1 yards-per-catch average ... caught a 19-yard pass in the Mids' 17-13 Star Game win over Army ... returned one punt for seven yards in the Mids' Senior Day win over Texas State ... made a spectacular 68-yard catch for the Mids on their second scoring drive against Troy that set up a five-yard TD run by QB Keenan Reynolds the next play ... the 68-yard reception was the longest by a Navy player since Brandon Turner caught a 77-yard TD strike from Ricky Dobbs against Army on Dec. 11, 2010 ... caught two passes for 32 yards against Florida Atlantic, including a spectacular 28-yard grab on Navy's scoring drive at the end of the first half ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina, marking their first 50-point game since putting up 76 against the Pirates in 2010 ... returned three punts for 21 yards against the Pirates, including a long return of 12 yards ... also a member of special teams, he recorded a tackle and forced a fumble on ECU's first possession of the second half ... caught one pass for 12 yards in the Mids' Homecoming win over Indiana ... made one catch for six yards in the 31-13 win over Central Michigan ... caught one pass for three yards against San Jose State ... returned two VMI punts for 42 yards, including a career-long 40-yard return ... also caught one pass for 15 yards ... caught a pair of passes for 39 yards, including a 33-yarder from fellow wide receiver Casey Bolena in the third quarter of the Penn State game ... led Navy with 87 yards on four receptions against Notre Dame in the opener which included his first-collegiate touchdown, a 25-yard pass from Trey Miller 57 seconds into the second half ... also carried the ball for one yard against the Irish.
2011: Saw action in 11 of the 12 contests, earning starts in each of the first five games ... recorded 18 tackles (10-8) on the year ... was in on a pair of tackles in Navy's 42-14 victory over Troy ... recorded a tackle in Navy's loss at Notre Dame ... posted one tackle in the Mids' loss to Southern Miss ... recorded four tackles against Air Force, including three solo stops ... pitched in a pair of solo tackles against 10th-ranked South Carolina ... stood out on defense at Western Kentucky where he recorded a career-high six tackles ... one of seven players on defense to make his first-career start in the Mids' opener against Delaware ... contributed a pair of tackles against the Blue Hens.
2010: Played in two games at wide receiver, seeing action against Notre Dame (one play) and East Carolina (three plays).
High School / Personal: A 2009 graduate of Pelham High School, Lynch attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2009-10 academic year ... a three-year letterwinner in football who also earned a pair of letters in track & field ... selected as an All-State (Ala.) performer in football his senior year ... father, Shawn, played quarterback for Jackson State from 1987-90 and is a member of its Sports Hall of Fame ... the elder Lynch led JSU to three SWAC title (1987, `88, `90) and in 1990 he helped JSU set an NCAA record for the most yards gained per completion in a single game ... son of Shawn Gregory and Raquel Lynch ... majoring in oceanography.