Nobody on the Colorado Buffaloes roster is more eager to work in game reps than offensive lineman Tim Lynott. The 6-foot-3, 300-pound strong-handed warrior was sidelined due to a torn Achilles he suffered during last November’s loss to Arizona State. Despite the setback, Lynott exceeded expectations and returns to the Buffs starting lineup as the most experienced lineman having started 23 games in his career.
A creed adopted by coach Mike MacIntyre three years ago is “Uncommon,” and is used as motivation to say it takes someone extraordinary to be a Buffalo. The word is also the perfect way to describe Lynott’s journey to Boulder. Many schools came knocking at Lynott’s door including the college football powerhouse schools of Miami, Oregon and Penn State. When all was said and done, CU assistant coach Klayton Adams took Lynott’s best interest to heart by making him a staple in the offensive game plan from the beginning. And rightfully so being one of the most talented player in the state of Colorado.
The former Freshman All-American has worked hard to limit mistakes during his time at every position along the offensive line, giving up the same total of sacks and penalties against him in his career with six each, roughly one sack every 275 snaps. What makes the big man valuable to the Buffs success is his execution in the trenches. Over the past two seasons, Lynott has been credited with 17 knockdown blocks, 30 touchdown blocks and 29 perfect plays on touchdown passes.
Lynott starts the season listed on CU’s depth chart at right guard, between Aaron Haigler at right tackle and freshman Colby Pursell at Center. Josh Kaiser is slotted at left tackle, along with Brett Tonz at left guard making up the rest of the Buffaloes offensive line. A natural fit for Lynott, who takes on one of the toughest positions to provide run blocking support for co-starters Kyle Evans and Travon McMillian, along with protecting Steven Montez in the pocket.
One thing you can rely on from Lynott is a braveheart mentality when it comes to competition; he’ll fight hard every snap and won’t stop until the whistle blows. From that perseverance came a will to grow through experience for Lynott. One of the youngest on the field two years ago and now emerges into a role as an upperclassman. Lynott isn’t listed as one of the Buffaloes captains, but is widely respected by his teammates and looked upon for leadership among his coaches. If Lynott can stay healthy, he will be the anchor in an offensive structure built to thrive.