Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch Finally Getting Recognition

By Amanda Staver

The Mid-American Conference is one of those conferences that are always overlooked as an after-thought when it comes to competitiveness. I’m not sure why, as those who have never watched a weeknight MAC game are really missing out. Now that there are two teams from the MAC in the BCS Top 25, people are finally starting to take notice. The Northern Illinois Huskies and the Kent State Golden Flashes could be this year’s BCS bowl busters.

Those that also just now noticing MACtion are probably also just taking notice of Huskies QB, Jordan Lynch. While the Collin Klein‘s and Johnny Football‘s of the big boy conferences having getting all the play, Lynch has been quietly having a fantastic year. Lynch, who is a junior, has 23 touchdowns with only 4 interceptions and 2,750 yards.

The Huskies head coach, Dave Doeren, wanted to make sure that Heisman voters were completely aware of Lynch and his accomplishments on the season with a very personal approach, sending an email.

Respected Voters,

I wanted to personally write to you regarding my QB Jordan Lynch. I know many of you have his stats and have followed his season. In my 17 years of coaching college football I have never seen a tougher, multi-skilled, consistently productive quarterback than Jordan. In 12 games he has rushed for 1611 yds, 16 TD’s, 134.2 yards/game and passed for 2750 yds, 23 TD’s and only 4 INT’s with a QB rating of 157.3. Please understand that many of the second halves this season we were up and didn’t play him in the 4th Q. His stats could be even more over the top. His game management skills and clutch decision making also sets him apart.

He is the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 in a game (vs Toledo, 11/14/12). He is the second player to ever pass for more than 2,500 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a season. Jordan holds the NCAA record for most consecutive 100 yard rushing games by a quarterback (10 straight). He needs 92 yards to break the NCAA record for Rushing yards by a QB in a season.

He is a blue collar winner that truly loves and respects the game of football. His relentless energy and passion for competition and winning is inspirational and contagious. I love to see him practice and play — he is worthy of any and all consideration he gets for the Heisman Trophy. As an award that represents the best – he is purely that! I know that there are many deserving candidates out there. I just wanted you to know from a coaches perspective how special Jordan Lynch is. This is what college football players should inspire to be like — he is tough, loyal, competitive, fierce, poised, accountable, and productive!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Go Huskies!!!

If people weren’t aware of Lynch, they are now. I, for one, have been following his progress all season and am happy to see someone who deserves some type of recognition finally get it.

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