FB James Lynch, who started the final nine games of the season for Maryland's football team, has submitted paperwork to the NFL and will skip his final year of eligibility and enter this spring's draft, according to sources close to Lynch.
Lynch, primarily a blocker, rushed for 118 yards and one touchdown on 30 carries this past season. He also caught seven passes for 63 yards. Lynch, who is 5 feet 11 and 271 pounds, is considered to have excellent quickness for a player his size.
With Lynch's departure and Chad Killian out of eligibility, rising senior Bernie Fiddler is the Terrapins' top returning fullback. . . .
Meantime, Maryland's Brooks Barnard kicked a 22-yard field goal for the North and Notre Dame's big-play specialist Shane Walton returned a fourth-quarter interception 99 yards for a touchdown as the North won, 17-0, in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
Penn State RB Larry Johnson carried 10 times for 73 yards for the North and was named the game's most valuable player.
* FREE THROW STREAK ENDS: Darnell Archey of Butler missed a foul shot, ending his NCAA Division I record of 85 consecutive free throws. The miss came with 3:42 left in the second half against Youngstown State in Indianapolis. Until then, he had made every free throw since Feb. 8, 2001, a span of 56 games.
"Once I missed, it kind of hurt," Archey said after a 64-60 victory. "I wanted to get 100."
The all-division record is 94 by Paul Cluxton of Division II Northern Kentucky in 1996-97.
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