Though Jordan Lynch is no longer under center for the Northern Illinois Huskies, head coach Rod Carey knows expectations won't decrease as his team prepares for the 2014 season.
After one of the most successful careers in Division I history, Lynch now finds himself fighting for a roster spot with the Chicago Bears as his former team in the same state attempts to fill a void left by one of the most successful quarterbacks in the country from a year ago.
Carey joined CSN in the AT&T U-verse Lounge and admitted he isn't sure who will replace (or, more accurately, attempt to replace) Lynch in the lineup but that his team has to be ready to hit the ground running, regardless of who it is.
"We're excited to find out who that guy's going to be. We're geeks. Football coaches are geeks, and we like small things like that," Carey said. "So, we're looking forward to that process and finding out who it is and what that team can do."
No matter who's under center on Saturday's, it'll be impossible to replicate what Lynch did for the Huskies. That means it'll be even more difficult to meet expectations that undoubtedly follow the program after an Orange Bowl berth in 2012 and a 12-win season last year.
"When you have a program like Northern's, the expectations are what they are," Carey said. "You know what they are, and they're to be in the mix in the end again for the conference and obviously play in a bowl game."
See what else Carey had to say about the upcoming season in the AT&T U-verse Lounge.