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Lynch, Reese, Monday named to Sports Illustrated all-overlooked team

Fri, 02/15/2013 - 9:57am

Former U.S. National Team players Jordan Lynch (2009), Tevin Reese (2009) and Will Monday (2011) were featured on Sports Illustrated's annual All-Two Star (and fewer) Team, which highlights players who weren't highly recruited out of high school but have gone on to stellar college football careers. 

Here's what SI's Andy Staples said about the trio:

QB Jordan Lynch, Sr., Northern Illinois: Like Donovan McNabb years earlier, Lynch ran the Veer at Chicago's Mt. Carmel High School. Like McNabb, Lynch was recruited as an athlete by the schools of the Big Ten. Like McNabb, Lynch signed with the school that wanted him to play quarterback. Last year, Lynch threw for 3,138 yards and 25 touchdowns and ran for 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns. With the Huskies returning almost everyone in 2013, Lynch might put up even better numbers.

WR Tevin Reese, Sr., Baylor: The scouts all came to Temple (Texas) High to watch a class of 2010 standout make highlight-reel plays. Not Reese, though. They came to see Reese's Baylor teammate, Lache Seastrunk, a five-star recruit who originally signed with Oregon. Reese, a skinny 160-pounder in high school, wowed Baylor coaches at a camp during the summer of 2009 and committed after receiving a quick offer. It was the only offer he reported. In 2012, Reese was Baylor's second-leading receiver, averaging 18.1 yards a catch.

Will Monday, So., Duke: Monday actually was highly ranked as a punter, but punters not named Brad Wing rarely get their due from the recruiting services. Monday averaged more than 44 yards a punt and was named first-team All-ACC as a redshirt freshman, but the highlight of his season came when he Belked the ball 79 yards in the Belk Bowl. 

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