Arthur Lynch picked up his hurdling technique while watching his sisters compete at track and field meets.
‚ÄúThey all did hurdles in college and high school,‚Äù Lynch said of his older sisters, Elizabeth and Frances. ‚ÄúIt was all those track meets I went to for so long, I guess.‚Äù
Lynch, who has 205 yards and two touchdowns on 13 catches this season, successfully applied his hurdling technique against Missouri on Saturday when he caught a pass in the flat and had some running room.
‚ÄúHe was coming at [with] a head of steam and I had a pretty good [run] going, too,‚Äù Lynch said, ‚Äúand I just figured, ‚ÄòI can‚Äôt get lower than him; he was already smaller than me. I‚Äôll try to go over the top.‚Äô I did.‚Äù
Missouri defensive back Randy Ponder was Lynch‚Äôs obstacle, but his teammate, safety Braylon Webb, cleaned up the mess as Lynch was landing, knocking the tight end out of bounds.
‚ÄúI missed a block earlier two series before and it cost us a turnover and a touchdown and I really wanted to get the momentum back going,‚Äù Lynch said of why he tried the hurdle. ‚Äú‚Ä¶ It gets into the mind of your opponent, as well.‚Äù
Lynch, who was named to the John Mackey Award Midseason Watch List, said he tried it once in high school and did it as he was going out of bounds against Georgia Tech last season, but most of his attempts have failed.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve always been such a bigger guy, tight-end wise ‚Ä¶ I don‚Äôt think there‚Äôs many defensive backs who are looking to try to hit me up top,‚Äù Lynch said. ‚ÄúThey always try to go for my legs. [Tight ends coach John] Lilly stresses it. He‚Äôs like, ‚ÄòWe‚Äôre bigger guys, try to hurdle them.‚Äô You got to look at their eyes and once their head kind of goes down, you got to give them a shot.‚Äù