Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch deserves Heisman consideration

Jordan Lynch
Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch dives for the goal line as he scores a touchdown against Massachussets in the first quarter Saturday.
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Can we give this guy a three-game Heisman Trophy, maybe a scaled-down miniature of the bust?

Or at least call him “Mr. Late October-Early November?”

It’s hard to imagine a player having a better three-game stretch than quarterback Jordan Lynch, who on Saturday led Northern Illinois (9-0) to a 63-19 win over Massachusetts.

In wins over Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Massachusetts, Lynch has accounted for 15 total touchdowns.


He has rushed for 537 yards and eight touchdowns, passed for 538 yards and six touchdowns and also has a touchdown reception.

Lynch led Northern Illinois to a BCS bid last year, losing to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, but hasn’t garnered much Heisman attention.

Maybe it’s because voters don’t know what position he plays. Three weeks ago, he set the rushing record for quarterbacks with 319 yards against Central Michigan.

“I’m a quarterback first. That’s my initial job when I am on the field,” the fifth-year senior said after Saturday’s win. “If I see an open receiver downfield, I will make the pass rather than tuck the ball and go for the run…. If I do not think I will complete the pass, and see a hole, I’ll take the yards on the ground.”



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