NIU's Jordan Lynch among top Heisman candidates

NIU's Jordan Lynch among top Heisman candidates

August 6, 2013, 9:30 am
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After finishing seventh in Heisman voting with 52 points last year, Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is projected at #6 on the Heisman depth chart for the 2013 season by USA Today.

Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel is listed at #1 on the watch list projected to be only the second player to win two Heisman trophies, followed by Ohio State's Braxton Miller, defensve end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina, regining BCS champion AJ McCarron and wide receiver Marqise Lee of USC.

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If he receives the most votes, the MAC quarterback could become the only MAC player in history to win the Heisman trophy.

Lynch threw for over 3,000 yards and had over 1,500 rushing yards becoming the first ever NCAA FBS quarterback to ever do so.

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During his first year as a starting QB, Lynch broke four NCAA, two MAC and 14 NIU records all while leading his Huskies to 12 straight wins and the Discover Orange Bowl against Florida State, becoming the first MAC school to compete in a BCS bowl. 

As the 2012 MAC MVP, Lynch was responsible for 75.3% of NIU's offensive yards (4,953 of 6,574), completed 60.2% of his passes and scored at least one touchdown in each of Northern Illinois' 13 games.