WILLIAMSBURG — After establishing himself among the nation’s elite players last season, All-America defensive end Nate Lynn was selected to the East-West Shrine Bowl 1000.
The list recognizes the nation’s top 1,000 all-star game-eligible players who will be considered for the 2023 NFL Draft class.
Honored as a preseason FCS All-America selection by Athlon Sports earlier this summer, Lynn garnered postseason All-America accolades by five organizations last year and placed ninth in the final voting or the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS National Defensive Player of the Year) after ranking third nationally in sacks per game (1.2) and first in forced fumbles per game (0.6). 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 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. His long list of accolades also included being chosen as the VaSID (Virginia Sports Information Directors) Defensive Player of the Year.
Lynn will help lead a talented defensive unit that returns 10 players who earned at least five starts last season. The impressive group ranked 12th nationally in rushing defense (107.5) and posted 29 sacks last fall.
Ranked 23rd nationally in the Athlon Sports Preseason Poll, W&M is coming off a successful 2021 campaign in which it totaled the program’s most wins since 2015 and garnered a national ranking multiple weeks.
The Tribe will open its 2022 slate at Charlotte on Friday, Sept. 2, with kickoff set for 7 p.m.