Goal No. 10: NEVER GIVE UP. Never, never, never.
#10 Blake Lynch
Redshirt Junior | 5-5 | 148 lbs. | Goddard, Kansas
- Position: Place Kicker
- Previous College: None
- Projection: Starter
- Status: On Scholarship
Blake Edward Lynch (b. Dec. 22, 1996) was (past tense emphasized!) a walk-on kicker from Eisenhower High School in Goddard who redshirted in 2016 and did not see action in 2017.
The smallest player on the roster, Lynch entered 2018 in a three- or four-way competition for the right to replace Matthew McCrane as place kicker. He won that competition outright.
Lynch served as the team’s primary place kicker throughout a majority of the season, connecting on an astonishing 14 of 16 field goals and 19 of 20 extra-point attempts.
The only thing diminishing his production were the injuries that caused him to miss snaps.
Lynch led the Big 12 and ranked 14th nationally in field goals per game (1.56), while his percentage mark of 87.5 was third in the conference and 12th in the nation. His field-goal percentage also ranked third in school history.
Lynch was 4 for 4 on field goals against both South Dakota and Texas Tech, the latter effort earning him Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Both performances are tied for the second-most field goals made by a Wildcat in school history, while his performance against South Dakota marked the most ever by a Wildcat in his debut and also featured a season-long make of 44 yards.
Lynch became just the third player in school history to make at least four field goals in two different games in one season (joining Jamie Rheem in 1999 and Martin Gramatica in 1998).
He was true on a season-high five extra points against UTSA and Iowa State, and also kicked off 13 times for a 59.8-yard average.
A second-team Academic All-Big 12 performer last season, Lynch was put on scholarship following his exploits in the 2018 season opener.
He enters 2019 as the presumptive starter and currently is pursuing his master of business administration degree after already earning his bachelor’s degree in finance in May 2019.
Lynch successfully converted two extra-point attempts (one each for Purple and White) in the 2018 spring game, as well as a 44-yard field goal for Purple in the fourth quarter, which was an improvement on prior misses from his competitors, Nick McLellan and Jake Roark.
He also had a pair of spring-game kickoffs averaging 53.5 yards (again, one for each team).
Lynch was rated a four-star kicker by KCKicking.com and 3.5 stars by Chris Sailer Kicking.
He lettered two years at Goddard-Eisenhower under head coach Charlie Nally and made 7 of 11 field goals during his senior campaign, including a long of 51 yards, after playing soccer as a freshman and sophomore.
Lynch 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.
“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 coachability. 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 mishit 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: Lynch’s mother, Kim, also attended Kansas State and his sister, Tera, attempted to follow in his footsteps as the varsity kicker for Eisenhower in the fall of 2016 (she since has gone on to play soccer at Washburn University, unfortunately for us):
“She is the most talented female kicker I’ve ever seen. She’d outkick 85-90 percent of kickers in Kansas,” said former K-Stater Anthony Cantele, who coaches both privately.
“She just happens to be behind the best kicker in Kansas.”