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Billy Lynch enters his second year as Co-Offensive Coordinator and his fifth coaching Owls' wide receivers. Lynch shares offensive oversight with quarterbacks coach Larry Edmondson.
In his first four seasons at Rice, Lynch has developed a productive unit of wideouts, including a pair of 2014 graduates in Jordan Taylor and Mario Hull who signed free agent NFL contracts and a third, 2013 graduate Donte Moore, who was in Dallas' rookie camp this past spring. Taylor completed his career as the Owls ranked second in receiving yards (2,585) and receiving touchdowns (20) and third in receptions (175) while Hull moved into the Owls season top 10 by catching a team-leading eight scoring tosses in 2014.
This season, Lynch will be looking to have senior Dennis Parks pick up where he left off in the Hawai'i Bowl, when he topped 100 yards for the first time in his career. He is the leading active receiver on the squad with 65 career catches for 1,009 yards and five touchdowns. He will be joined in the rotation by junior Zach Wright (25/299/3) and sophomore James Mayden, who showed a flair for the explosive play by averaging 32.7 yards on his seven catches as a true freshman.
Rice's drive to the 2013 C-USA Championship was highlighted by the big play production of Taylor and Parks. Three of Taylor's eight touchdown receptions were from 60 yards out or longer, including a 75-yard bomb from Taylor McHargue that set a C-USA Championship game record. Parks led the team by averaging 17.5 yards per catch while finishing second to Taylor in catches and receiving yards.
Taylor emerged as a vital component of the Owls 2012 air attack, punctuated by his record-setting effort in the Armed Forces Bowl. He set a Rice bowl game record with 153 yards and three touchdowns on nine receptions to earn Rice MVP honors in the game. Lynch also guided the transition of Sam McGuffie from running back to receiver and the senior responded with 54 receptions and five touchdowns.
Lynch joined the Rice coaching staff on Feb. 22, 2011 after six seasons at Indiana where he developed some of the most productive receivers in Hoosiers' history.
In 2010 his top three receivers, Damarlo Belcher (78/832/4), Terrance Turner (67/681/3) and Doss (63/706/7 touchdowns) topped 60 catches and 700 yards and the unit set a school record with 3,446 total yards.
In 2009, Tandon Doss became Lynch's second All-Big Ten receiver as he earned first team honors (media) and second team recognition from the league's coaches.
As sophomores in 2009, Doss and Belcher became the first duo in IU history to each collect 60-plus receptions and 700-plus yards in a season. Their 138 combined catches rank first in Hoosier lore and 1,732 yards sit second.
Doss finished second in the Big Ten in yards per game (80.2) and third in the league and tied for 22nd nationally in catches per game (6.64). He closed out the year second on IU's single-season receptions list and fifth in the school's single-season yardage rankings.
The 2008 corps, led by Ray Fisher and Andrew Means, saw four receivers reach 25 receptions and post over 275 yards. It also featured one of the top true freshman duos in IU history - Belcher and Doss.
Fisher and Means, who signed a professional baseball contract with the Cincinnati Reds in 2008, became the 13th and 14th Hoosiers, respectively, to go over 100 career receptions and 1,000 career yards, joining Hardy as wideouts under Lynch to enter the elite club. Belcher (25/337/2) and Doss (14/186/1) combined for the second-highest receiving yardage total by a true freshman duo in school history.
The 2007 season saw Lynch's wide receivers re-write the IU record books, as they recorded a school-record 3,073 yards. Hardy, who was selected in the second round (41st pick) by the Buffalo Bills, set new school marks with 16 receiving TDs and 79 catches. He finished his career as the school's all-time receiving yardage (2,740), receptions (191) and receiving touchdowns (36) leader. Hardy was a semifinalist for the Biletnikoff Award, named All-America by five publications and selected first team All-Big Ten.
The 2006 Hoosiers finished third in the Big Ten in receiving yards per game. Hardy was second team All-Big Ten (51/722/10).
In 2005, Lynch tutored Hardy to one of the most prolific debut seasons IU has seen at wide receiver. Hardy finished with 61 receptions (fourth in school history), 10 touchdowns (tied for third all-time) and 893 yards (seventh all-time). In addition, his five 100-yard games were tied for the second most in a season in school history.
One of five assistant coaches that came from Miami (Ohio) University to Indiana, Lynch was the RedHawks' tight ends coach in 2004 and offensive graduate assistant in 2002-03. During his tenure in Oxford, Lynch assisted with a potent offense that led the nation at 43.0 points per game in 2003.
He spent his undergraduate years as a wide receiver and three-year letter winner at Ball State University, where he graduated with a bachelor's degree in education in 2002. He led the Cardinals with 40 receptions his senior year. He also lettered three years in basketball, including the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons for then-BSU head coach and current Indiana assistant basketball coach Tim Buckley.
Billy and his wife, Carla, have four children, daughter Lindsey (9), and sons, Max (7), Ryan (6) and Michael (2).
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