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Lynch’s 41-yard catch set up Navy’s field goal just before halftime. Three plays after the break, Lynch collected a 25-yard touchdown from Miller and showed some unexpected exuberance in the process.

“He’s very even keel,” said wideouts coach Mick Yokitis, who also coached Lynch at the academy’s prep school. “He’s not going to say much. It was good to see he got excited [against Notre Dame]. He caught a touchdown pass and got excited. He was blocking the heck out of some corners and got excited. It’s a little bit of a side of Shawn I haven’t seen before.”

It also was a hint that despite a penchant for few words, Lynch has found happiness at his original position.

“We moved him over there because he’s 6-2, he’s athletic and we thought he’d be a good fit at secondary,” Niumatalolo said. “But he’s a wide receiver at heart.”