As the college football season winds down this week, fans will look to the first week of December to find out the nominations for this year’s Heisman trophy. This season has proved to be a wide open race, with front-runner after front-runner falling off the radar due to poor performances in big games.
However, Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch continues to perform at a higher level each week and seems to be getting stronger down the stretch run. The senior continues to dominate the MAC and has had signature moments in the final month that have led his team to a perfect 12-0 record.
However, even with the team’s success, Lynch is rarely mentioned as a possible Heisman winner. Standing at 6-feet, 216 pounds, Lynch is a dual-threat quarterback that steps up in big games. On the year, the senior has completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,457 yards with 22 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Lynch is lethal in the Huskies’ high-powered rushing attack that is averaging 318.9 rushing yards per game, and is ranked fourth in the nation. On the season, Lynch has burned opponents for 1,755 yards for 7.1 yards per carry and 20 touchdowns, and is ranked second in the nation behind Boston College‘s Andre Williams.
Lynch is a gamer and is not afraid to run between the tackles. He has shown poise and is leading his team to a second-straight MAC Championship berth while continuing to make the players around him better.
Lynch has had a couple of signature moments in 2013. Against Central Michigan on October 19, he ran wild over the Chippewas in the 38-17 victory. He set an FBS record for quarterbacks for rushing yards with 316 (9.9 yards per carry) and nine touchdowns. Lynch refused to be taken down by one player and showed heart in leading his team to victory that day.
Playing in his final regular season MAC game on Tuesday night, the senior went out with a bang, breaking his rushing record from Week 8 with 321 rushing yards (11.9 yards per carry) and three touchdowns. Lynch guided the Huskies to the 33-14 victory over Western Michigan and solidified him as one of the best players in the MAC over the last decade.
While many experts and analysts will argue the fact that Lynch has accumulated his statistics in the MAC, they forget to realize that the Huskies have defeated two Big 10 teams this season in Iowa and Purdue. Both of those games took place on the road, and Lynch remained cool and collected in burning both teams with his arm. Lynch completed 65.4 percent in both games for 482 yards with six touchdowns and no interceptions.
In a year where there is no clear-cut choice for the Heisman, Jordan Lynch deserves to be sitting in New York come December with a an opportunity to bring home the trophy.