Davonte Sapp-Lynch making a name for himself in Grand Island

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. -- In 2018, then Nebraska Danger running back Angelo Pease averaged a rushing touchdown per game through three games, which at the time looked pretty good for the 3-0 Danger.

But, through just one game in 2019, the new starting running back Davonte Sapp-Lynch already has three touchdowns, and he nearly set a new team rushing record in the process.

"Honestly I felt I was successful based off of what coach Sewell had coming into the gameplan and what our offensive line was able to accomplish," Sapp-Lynch said.

Davonte Sapp-Lynch was okay coming into the 2019 IFL season a little under the radar.

"He likes to stay to himself," Danger quarterback Tommy Armstrong, Jr. said. "He likes to just chill."

Well, good luck with that. After bursting onto the scene with three touchdowns against Bismarck, the secret's out, but Lynch says his success is a product of the other weapons around him.

"I'm not even sure we realize how dynamic we can be," Lynch said. "We're kind of just taking it one practice at a time, so I feel as long as we keep tightening screws and adjusting things, the dynamic will be very dynamic - we'll just take it that far."

Word is also starting to spread that Lynch has a pretty well-known older brother - Super Bowl champion running back Marshawn Lynch - who's now with the Oakland Raiders, but Davonte has no plans nor desires to live in his brother's shadow.

"I don't even see it like that," Lynch said. "I don't look at it like that. I got an older brother, I've got an older sister. He's not my only brother."

"I'm kind of with him," Danger head coach Pig Brown echoed. "I wouldn't want everyone to know me as 'Lil' Beast Mode.' I would want to carry my own legacy as well, and that's what I think he's trying to do here with the Nebraska Danger."

And according to Armstrong, even if it's a bit "goofy," he can't wait to see Lynch make a name for himself in Grand Island.

"He's from California, so he likes to dance around here and there, but he's a jokester like everybody else, but when it's time to work, it's time to work, and when he gets out here, he's a competitor and he holds these guys accountable, and that's what we look forward to in a running back," Armstrong said.