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USF strength coach Hans Straub has resigned following his tweet criticizing the 49ers for selecting edge player Aaron Lynch.

The tweet read: "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority." Lynch's time at USF was not completely positive, and Straub likely had firsthand exposures to it. However, recruiting can be impacted when a former top transfer is publicly criticized by a member of the school's staff.
May 14 - 10:27 AM

USF strength coach Hans Straub has been suspended following a tweet that criticized the 49ers for selecting edge player Aaron Lynch in the fifth-round.

The tweet read: "Thought an organization with 5 Super Bowl titles would have a stricter draft criteria. Clearly, integrity & character are not a priority." It has since been deleted. Lynch transferred to USF following a great freshman year at Notre Dame, but failed to produce the same success in Florida. He lost a good amount of weight and looked like a totally different player.
Source: Bulls 247
May 13 - 11:15 AM

USF edge rusher Aaron Lynch, San Francisco's No. 150 overall pick, will only see the field next season as a defensive end in nickel packages, according to CSNBayArea's Matt Maiocco.

The 49ers believe the fifth-rounder's future is at OLB as a stand-up rusher. Already raw, San Francisco knows it's going to take a few years for the acclimation to complete. Lynch will spend those years as a situational pass rusher, a role he's ready for right now. As a true freshman starter at Notre Dame, Lynch (6-foot-5, 249) looked like a future top-ten pick as a terror off the edge. His time at South Florida didn't go as planned, and Lynch's draft stock plummeted as a result. He's still only 21, and has a world of talent.
May 11 - 5:49 PM

49ers selected USF edge rusher/DL Aaron Lynch with the No. 150 overall pick in the NFL draft.

Lynch (6-foot-5, 249) had the look of a future top-ten pick as a true freshman starter at Notre Dame, but transferred to USF to be closer to his family and had a disappointing 2013 season before declaring for the draft. He wound up playing just two years of college ball, recording 19.5 tackles for loss and 11.5 sacks. Lynch ran 4.69 at the Bulls' Pro Day, adding a 9-foot-9 broad jump and 18 bench-press reps. Still only 21, the 49ers need to decide if they want Lynch to gain weight and play inside like at Notre Dame, or get him more comfortable in a stand up role on the edge.
May 10 - 2:57 PM

USF edge player Aaron Lynch expects to play OLB in the NFL.

"...I can put weight on so I let teams know that I could go up to 270 (pounds)," Lynch said following the school's pro day. "It all depends on how my weight stays. If I stay 250, 260 then I'll probably be at outside linebacker. But I'll play wherever." Lynch was a future stay while playing end in a three man front during his freshman year at Notre Dame, but lost a ton of weight once transferring at USF. He has plenty of talent, but fit could be a critical piece in Lynch's projection.
Mar 11 - 10:18 AM

USF edge player Aaron Lynch ran two forty times of 4.66 and 4.68 seconds at the school's Pro Day.

Lynch also posted a 29-inch vertical jump, which is not good. The Notre Dame transfer has been dealing with hamstring issues, which kept him out of the Combine, and they reportedly flared up again during the workout. Lynch has all the talent in the world, and looked to be a rising star as an end in an odd front while at Notre Dame. His game and frame drastically changed at USF, however, so many teams will have more questions than answers.
Mar 10 - 11:14 AM

Draft insider Tony Pauline is being told that there are "major red-flags... coming out of the combine" on USF DE Aaron Lynch.

Pauline hasn't yet specified if the concerns are medical or character related, but this is disheartening news nonetheless. Lynch declared for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season with the Bulls. He missed the 2012 season after transferring from Notre Dame to South Florida and admitted in September to having an ego while playing for the Irish. This is a first-round physical talent who is likely to be available on the draft's third day. He could take off in the right scheme or wash out quickly.
Mar 8 - 1:17 PM

South Florida hired Paul Wulff as offensive coordinator.

Wulff was the coach of Washington State before Mike Leach. Following a dominant run with Eastern Washington at the FCS level, Wulff went just 9-40 over four years in Pullman. "Paul has great experience at the Division I level in a leadership role and was a standout offensive lineman with a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines," Bulls head coach Willie Taggart said. "His experience working closely with Jim (Harbaugh) gives him a good understanding of our philosophy. He'll bring some different ideas and will be a great teacher."
Jan 10 - 9:45 PM

Draft insider Tony Pauline has pegged USF redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch as a fourth-round pick.

Lynch looks like a very different player compared to his 2011 tape at Notre Dame. With the Irish he frequently lined up as a three or five technique and consistently played at a high level. Lynch did not look as comfortable in space on the edge, but the talent did not just disappear. Landing spot might be a critical piece to his future.
Wed, Dec 18, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Former Notre Dame and USF redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch has signed with an agent and will declare for the draft, according to Neil Stratton.

The school has confirmed the report. Lynch was a powerhouse pass rusher who combined strength, length, and athleticism in his one season with the Irish. After sitting out a season due to transfer rules, Lynch looked like a fairly different player for the Bulls both physically and stylistically. Still, he is a very intriguing prospect and still has a chance to be in the top-40.
Tue, Dec 17, 2013 09:50:00 AM

South Florida LB DeDe Lattimore accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

Lattimore is no lock to get drafted, but he'll get an opportunity to show his stuff in this prime postseason showcase. He simply isn't big enough to project neatly onto an NFL roster, and his other measurables don't jump off the page.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 05:00:00 PM

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah believes it would be a "big mistake" if USF redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch declared for May's NFL Draft.

"He has just two sacks this season, and he's currently 12th on the team with 19 tackles," Jeremiah writes. "He was expected to enter the NFL draft following this season, but that would be a big mistake. He needs to stay at USF and continue to develop." Lynch's lean frame has been noticeable this season, but his talent did not just disappear into thin air. We think Lynch's game has improved in recent weeks, but he hasn't taken a big enough step forward this season.
Source: NFL.com
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 01:24:00 PM

USF sophomore QB Steven Bench is expected to start against Miami.

Bench took over for an ineffective Bobby Eveld last weekend, but USF has yet to win a game this season. "I’ve never been a part of something like this," head coach Willie Taggart said. "I know we all want to find a quarterback that can be consistent and help this team, and we will. That’s my job to find that guy." Bench transferred from Penn State this offseason.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 09:29:00 AM

South Florida redshirt sophomore DE Aaron Lynch admitted to having an ego at Notre Dame.

"I was a team player there [at Notre Dame], but at the same time, I was getting a lot of looks and that got to my head in a way," he said. "It was really just all about me." Lynch transferred to USF after one season with the Irish in order to play closer to home. That redshirt season makes him draft-eligible this year, and he has the talent level of a first-round selection.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Sep 5, 2013 11:18:00 AM

South Florida head coach Willie Taggart named redshirt sophomore Matt Floyd the team's starting QB.

The Bulls open against McNeese State. Some will be surprised by Taggart's decision, since former Penn State quarterback Steven Bench transferred into the program this offseason. Floyd appeared in seven games last year, completing 57-of-110 passes for 466 yards with no touchdowns and five interceptions.
Sun, Aug 25, 2013 03:02:00 PM


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