By Charlie Roumeliotis
Jordan Lynch will be headed to New York on Saturday along with five other candidates who have been named a Heisman Trophy finalist. The Northern Illinois quarterback says he was happy to receive an invite, but he'd like to leave the Big Apple with the more than that.
"I'm going there to win," said Lynch. "I'm not going there to come in last place or second place."
On the field, Lynch led the FBS with 4,574 total yards and 46 combined touchdowns while leading NIU to a 12-1 record. But he believes winning the Heisman isn't entirely about what you do on the field.
"I think leadership on and off the field. I think you have to do the right thing to be on this stage and to win the award," Lynch said. "I would say that's the biggest thing."
Ultimately though, the extra motivation to win the Heisman for Lynch is that it puts NIU on the map.
"It's a great feeling," Lynch said. "It [gives the] Mid-American Conference great exposure, it gives Northern Illinois great exposure. And it just goes to show you there's great football everywhere. If you can play football, you can play, no matter what level it is."