Former UCF Player, Michael Lynche, Becomes an American Idol

Jessica DAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2010

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 20:  American Idol hosts Randy Jackson and Simon Cowell arrive at DETAILS magazine 'Mavericks 2008'  issue cocktail party on March 20, 2008 at a private location in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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A former UCF player is now on his way to stardom. Michael Lynche , who played in 20 games as a Knight in the 2001-2002 season, has made the cut for the Top 24 on TV's hit show American Idol.

Lynche played defensive tackle for the UCF Knights from 2001-02. He made an immediate impact as a freshman out of St. Petersburg's Gibbs High School. Lynche had 24 tackles in 2001, 17 of them solos, with eight for a loss and a sack.

As a sophomore in 2002, Lynche played in all 12 games and started in each of the last three. He had at least one tackle in 11 contests that year and finished with 46 tackles in all, including two sacks and six tackles for loss.

He left the team just before the start of the 2003 season to move back to St. Petersburg to care for his ailing mother, Michele.

To see how far Michael goes, continue watching American Idol this season on FOX. And for the 2010 UCF football season, season tickets are on sale now for just $99. Go to to order.