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Northern Illinois Huskies QB Jordan Lynch Raises 2014 NFL Draft Stock With Central Michigan Win

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The Northern Illinois Huskies are still undefeated on the season after a 38–17 win over the Central Michigan Chippewas. At 7–0, the Huskies look determined to shake up the BCS talk once again this season. However, Northern Illinois’ play has less to do with their overall talent and more to do with the exceptional talent of their quarterback, Jordan Lynch.

Lynch passed for just 155 yards against the Chippewas, but he ran for 316 yards. This brings his passing total to nearly 1500 yards and his running total to 952 yards this season. He’s on course to break 3000 yards passing and nearly 2000 yards rushing which is why he should definitely be taken into consideration as a 2014 NFL Draft pick.

Don’t get me wrong; there are potentially several better quarterbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft class. Johnny Manziel, A.J. McCarron, Tajh Boyd, Marcus Mariota, and Aaron Murray are all either graduating or eligible to leave early for the 2014 NFL Draft. This quarterback class is one of the most talented groups in a long time because of the number of extremely talented players that are seniors.

However, it should be possible to get Lynch in the late sixth or seventh round of the draft. He is the perfect type of player to draft late and have as a backup on a young team so he can develop. A team like the Tennessee Titans, whose backup, Ryan Fitzpatrick, is a completely different style of player than starting QB Jake Locker, would be a perfect fit. Lynch also shows many similarities to Locker and could become either a long term backup or traded later on. Lynch needs time to develop and needs to get selected by a team where he won’t have to produce immediately.

One thing is certain – someone needs to take a chance on Lynch. He has far too much talent to waste just because he played in the MAC instead of a major conference. Luckily for Lynch, the Huskies can still make a BCS Bowl, and he can have a national stage to show his prowess to NFL scouts.

Taylor Sturm is an SEC Basketball Writer for Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS or add him to your network on Google

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Northern Illinois Huskies Need Offensive Bounceback in Poinsettia Bowl

The Northern Illinois Huskies were one win away from making their second straight trip the BCS in 2013 before running into a brick wall in the form of the Bowling Green Falcons in the MAC Championship game. Bowling Green’s top-ten defense contained the high-powered offensive attack of NIU and upset the Huskies to keep them from busting the BCS yet again. Northern Illinois will have to find a way to bounce back offensively in a hurry, however, as they face another tough defensive challenge in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against the Utah State Aggies.

The MAC title game was the first time all season long that NIU failed to score at least 30 points in a game. Combined with a rough day on defense, the Huskies faced a lopsided upset loss at the hands of the Falcons thanks to their physical defense which were able to keep Heisman Trophy finalist Jordan Lynch somewhat contained and even forced a pair of interceptions out of the offensive leader of the Huskies’ attack.

They will need to figure out what went wrong in a hurry, though, as Utah State brings a similarly stingy defense to the Poinsettia Bowl. The Aggies rank No. 12 nationally in total defense this season and No. 10 against the run. They have a physical defensive front that helped turn around Utah State’s season after a rough 3-3 start to 2013 that ended up in the Moutain West Conference Championship game in their very first year in the conference.

NIU will be challenged by the Aggies when they square off. If they stumble in the same way they did against Bowling Green, Lynch will leave the Huskies with a disappointing and unsatisfying finale to his collegiate career. Can the Huskies fix what failed them in the MAC title game and come out ahead against Utah State?

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