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Sophomore DE Lynch leaving USF for NFL draft

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Published:   |   Updated: December 17, 2013 at 11:35 AM

After playing just one football season at the University of South Florida, sophomore defensive end Aaron Lynch is leaving for the NFL draft, the school announced Tuesday.

Lynch, a transfer who was freshman All-American at Notre Dame in 2011, was named to the All-American Athletic Conference first team after leading Willie Taggart’s 2-10 Bulls in sacks (six) and tackles for a loss (12.5). He also scored on a 44-yard fumble return to spark a win at Connecticut.

The departure of Lynch, plus the losses of seniors Ryne Giddins, Tevin Mims and Julius Forte, leaves USF thin in experience at defensive end.

Lynch is the fifth USF player to leave early for the NFL draft, along with Shurron Pierson (2003, fourth round, Oakland Raiders), Jason Pierre-Paul (2010, first round, New York Giants), Carlton Mitchell (2010, sixth round, Cleveland Browns) and Darrell Scott (2012, undrafted).

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