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10 DAYS TO 2016 KICKOFF: Blake Lynch

In which BracketCat counts down the 10th day until the 2016 kickoff with a profile of kicker Blake Lynch.

Anthony Cantele was a great kicker for Kansas State. Now he is coach to the next great kicker, Blake Lynch, who will inherit Cantele's No. 10.
Anthony Cantele was a great kicker for Kansas State. Now he is coach to the next great kicker, Blake Lynch, who will inherit Cantele's No. 10.
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Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.

#10 Blake Lynch
True Freshman
5-5 | 141
Goddard, Kan.

Bio

Position: Kicker

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: Walk-On

Blake Edward Lynch (b. Dec. 22, 1996) is a walk-on kicker from Eisenhower High School in Goddard. His mother, Kim, also attended K-State. He was rated a four-star kicker by KCKicking.com and 3.5 stars by Chris Sailer Kicking.

Lynch lettered two years at Eisenhower under head coach Charlie Nally. He made 7 of 11 field goals during his senior campaign, including a long of 51 yards, after playing soccer as a freshman and sophomore.

He earned all-state honors from The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle as a senior in 2014, while he was an honorable mention pick following his junior year. You can watch Lynch's high school highlights here.

"Blake is a solid young kicker," said Chris Sailer. "He has a good leg and already makes kicks with consistency off the ground. Shows nice potential." Here's what KCKicking had to say:

Blake shows great work ethic and coach-ability. In July of 2013, he won the underclassmen Last Man Standing competition at our Wichita camp. He also almost won the Kickoff competition. He makes up for his small stature by having outstanding fundamentals and mechanics.

You know exactly what you're getting with Blake — a kicker who will never miss hit a ball, make all of the short kicks and give you a shot on the long ones. One of our most game-ready prospects!

Interesting side note: Blake's sister, Tera Lynch, will attempt to follow in his footsteps (and Katie Hnida's, too) as the varsity kicker for Eisenhower this fall. She's got a pretty good chance at excelling at it, too, as you can read here.

"She is the most talented female kicker I’ve ever seen. She’d out-kick 85-90 percent of kickers in Kansas," said former K-Stater Anthony Cantele, who coaches both. "She just happens to be behind the best kicker in Kansas."