Bucs May Have Developed New Position

December 3rd, 2009

Football is a speciality game. Joe knows that. There are players who do nothing but kick, players who do nothing but punt.

Then there are players who only run back punts, players who only run back kicks.

On some rosters, there are players who only play in passing situations, otherwise known sack artists or pass rushing specialists.

Do the Bucs now have a kick blocking specialist? That seems to be the case upon reading eye-RAH! Kaufman’s feature in the Tampa Tribune on Corey Lynch.

A native of Fort Myers, Lynch is the worst nightmare for kickers and punters.  Lynch is a big reason why the Bucs special teams is on the cusp of a franchise record.

Signed off Cincinnati’s practice squad in September, the second-year safety joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ block party Sunday in Atlanta, snuffing out a third-quarter punt by Michael Koenen to set up a touchdown in an eventual 20-17 loss.

Under the guidance of special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, the Bucs lead the league with five blocked kicks, deflecting two punts, one FG attempt and two extra-point tries.

“Right after the ball was moved, I got a good jump,” said Lynch, who said he blocked six kicks at Appalachian State, including a deflected FG try in the final seconds at Michigan that sealed a monumental 34-32 upset. “I’ve always had a knack for doing it. That’s something we practiced a lot in college and it helped us in the long run. I ended up blocking a bunch of kicks in college … and one famous one.’

If there is one area the Bucs have actually excelled in this season, it has been special teams.

Here’s a look at Lynch’s “famous” blocked field goal, which will live in college football lore. The radio announcers get just a tad excited.

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