WILLIAMSBURG — William & Mary (W&M) standout defensive end Nate Lynn recently added his fifth postseason All-America honor with a selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
Lynn also earned first-team accolades by the Associated Press and Stats Perform, while he garnered second-team distinction by Phil Steele and HERO Sports.
Lynn, who was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS [Football Championship Subdivision] National Defensive Player of the Year) and placed ninth in the final vote, finished the regular season ranked third nationally in sacks per game (1.2), tied for fifth in sacks (12) and tied for second in forced fumbles (6). Additionally, his 12 sacks, which he totaled in just 10 games, tied W&M’s single-season record set by former All-Americans Adrian Tracy (2009, 14 games) and Luke Cullinane (1996, 12 games).
In addition to his impressive sack total and ability to create turnovers, Lynn recorded 52 tackles and a pair of pass breakups this season en route to earning All-CAA First Team accolades and being selected as the Touchdown Club of Richmond Division I Defensive Lineman of the Year, which honors the top defensive lineman in Virginia.
Lynn’s success helped propel the Tribe’s defense into one of the nation’s top units, as it ranked among the country’s top 20 in defensive touchdowns (11th), rushing defense (13th), interceptions (16th) and forced turnovers (18th) at the conclusion of the regular season.