BL boasts 13 grads playing football at next level

BL boasts 13 grads playing football at next level

The proud tradition of Bishop Lynch grads playing football at the next level remains strong as 13 former Friars are on collegiate rosters for the 2016 season.

Led by Rawleigh Williams III, the lone collegiate football player from BL's Class of 2015, Bishop Lynch is represented in a big way from Texas to as far east as New York.

Here's a rundown of BL grads currently playing college football:


• Luke Packard ('13) — Trinity University

The senior defensive lineman is off to a great start in 2016, posting 35 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks for the 2-1 Tigers. Packard was named Conference Player of the Week and made the Team of the Week for his performance against Millsaps College, during which he tallied 12 tackles (five for loss) and 2.5 sacks.


• Anthony Mullins ('13) — William Jewell

A senior wide receiver, Mullins remains the top offensive threat for the 0-3 Cardinals, having pulled down 20 catches for 283 yards and a TD this season. Last season, Mullins received honorable mention on the Division II All-American Team following a stellar junior season that included 57 grabs for 1,001 yards and five touchdowns to go with a pair of scores on kickoff returns. Mullins is a two-time All-Conference performer.


• Michael Rinehart ('13) — Austin College

Rinehart, a senior offensive lineman, is a starter for an offense averaging 388 yards and 24 points per game. Austin College is currently 2-1.


• Vinny Wurst ('13) — Ottawa University

A senior defensive lineman for the 0-3 Braves, Vinny has played in three games this season, recording 26 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He was 2nd Team All-Conference as a junior and an Honorable Mention USA All-American, finishing third on the team with 52 tackles to go with 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.


• Grant Ludgar ('14) — Wagner College

Grant is a redshirt sophomore fullback for 2-0 the Seahawks after competing for the JV team in 2015. He made the NEC Fall Academic Honor Roll last season.


• Barrett Renner ('14) — Southern Arkansas University

Renner, a redshirt sophomore quarterback for the 2-1 Muleriders, has passed for 625 yards with four touchdowns this season. Last year he set new school records of 33 TD passes and 3,713 yards of total offense. Barrett was 1st Team All-Conference and a finalist for GAC Male Athlete of the Year in 2015.


• Jude Brace ('14) — Saint Joseph's College

A redshirt sophomore defensive tackle for the 2-1 Pumas, Jude played in every game in 2015 with 13 tackles and a sack while being named Academic All-Conference. This season, he has registered nine tackles (two for loss) and a sack.


• Tremel Glaspar ('14) — Saint Joseph's College

A redshirt sophomore wide receiver for the 2-1 Pumas, Glaspar played in every game in 2015, catching 22 passes for 237 yards. In three games this year he has passed his numbers from a year ago with 25 catches, 367 yards and three TDs.


• Rawleigh Williams III ('15) — University of Arkansas

The sophomore running back for the 3-0 Razorbacks (ranked #17 in the nation) has rushed for 354 yards and three scores this season, including a career-high 137 yards during an overtime win at TCU two weeks ago. Rawleigh was on the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2015 and placed on the Doak Walker Award Watch List in 2016, an award given to the nation's top running back.


• Ini Akpabot ('16) — Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Ini is a freshman defensive back for the 0-3 Bulldogs. He is currently redshirting.


• Gabe Brace ('16) — Saint Joseph's College

The freshman linebacker joins his older brother, Jude, and has tallied two tackles in two games for the 2-1 Pumas.


• Tristan Smith ('16) — Illinois State University

Tristan, a true freshman quarterback, won the backup job during summer camp and made his first collegiate appearance in a big win over Valparaiso, completing his first pass for nine yards. The Redbirds — a traditional FCS powerhouse — are 2-1 this season.


• Michael Brown ('16) — University of Saint Mary

Michael is a freshman wide receiver for the 2-1 Spires. He is currently redshirting.