WILLIAMSBURG — After establishing himself as one of the nation’s top players this season, standout defensive end Nate Lynn was selected to the Associated Press FCS All-America First Team.
The honor is his second All-America accolade this fall, as he garnered second-team distinction by HERO Sports.
Lynn, who was chosen as one of 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award (FCS National Defensive Player of the Year), 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).
Prior to Lynn’s selection, DeAndre Houston-Carson was W&M’s most recent AP All-America First Team selection (2015). Houston-Carson is currently in his sixth season with the Chicago Bears.