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Faces Off the Field: James Lynch, senior defensive tackle, Round Rock

You missed a few games this season because of a minor shoulder injury. How difficult was it to watch from the sidelines?

I obviously have great trust in my team. With us, we know it’s next man up. It sucks because we played our district rival Cedar Ridge during that time and we lost. Our guys still played well, but it was no fun sitting out.

This week, you’re playing Coppell in the third round of the Class 6A, Division I playoffs. How do you like the way the season has gone?

Our motto has always been “Think December” because we want to still be in the playoffs. Our guys have given everything on every snap. No one gives up.

How have people responded to the team’s success?

We’ve gotten a lot of people supporting us. We got one note from Stony Point, encouraging us to keep going. We got another note from Belton, a team we had played earlier.

You’re going to sign with Southern California in February. How did that come about?

The only other school I really considered was TCU. When I visited USC, it blew me away. I remember thinking to myself, “How can I turn this down?” I loved the area, the facilities, the players.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Ndamukong Suh, Abraham Lincoln, Genghis Kahn and Al Capone.

Why Genghis Kahn?

He was the emperor of the Mongol Empire. After he created the empire, he started the Mongol invasions and conquered most of Europe and Asia. They took over everything, dominated like savages. It’s just a topic I find interesting.

If you had the choice of being valedictorian of your class or all-state in football, which would you choose?

At some point, football ends. Knowledge will carry you a lot further than that.

What do you like most on TV?

Anything with National Geographic. I love nature and wildlife. There was a show once called “Built for the Kill” that showed how lions survive. It shows how different animals live their lives.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know.

My middle name is Husker.

Explain that one.

Yeah, my dad (Tim) played linebacker for Nebraska. I remember every Saturday, everyone in the whole family would dress up in Husker clothes. Of course, now I wear USC stuff.

What do you consider to be the world’s greatest invention?

The wheel. It’s important in just about everything we do.

What has been your favorite vacation?

It’s when we went skiing in Lake Tahoe when I was about 10 or 11. Obviously it’s a beautiful place.

Do you have any superstitions?

I try to wear the same thing whenever we win. If we win, my underwear stays. If we lose, I throw them out.

What do you plan to study at USC?

I’m looking at civil or mechanical engineering. At USC, there’s a lot to choose from.

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