WILLIAMSBURG — After helping the fourth-ranked William & Mary football team earn a 15-7 victory at Charleston Southern on Saturday, All-America defensive end Nate Lynn was selected as the FedEx Ground FCS National Defensive Player of the Week.
Lynn, who was also chosen as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week, garnered the national honor after helping W&M limit CSU to just 77 total yards and no offensive points. The Charlotte, N.C., native recorded a team-high seven tackles, 2.0 TFL, a sack and a forced fumble. His strip sack led to a safety that gave the Tribe an 8-7 lead. The performance marked the first time W&M has held an opponent to less than 100 yards since 1996.
A Buck Buchanan Award Watch List selection, Lynn currently ranks fourth nationally in sacks (4.0) and sixth in TFL (6.0). Additionally, his 24 career sacks ranks second nationally among all active FCS players and fourth in school history. His 35 career TFLs ranks tied for third on W&M’s all-time list.
Lynn’s productivity has helped W&M establish itself as one of the nation’s top-ranked defensive units this season, as it currently leads the country in total defense (187.7) and third down defense (.133). Additionally, the Tribe ranks fourth in passing defense (112.0), fifth in scoring defense (12.3) and sixth in rushing defense (75.7).
W&M will look to improve to 4-0 when it hosts Maine in a CAA matchup at Zable Stadium on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale and available at TribeAthletics.com.