Matt Murschel | College Gridiron 365
11:50 AM EDT, June 25, 2013
While Jordan Lynch may not be a household name outside of the DeKalb, Ill., the Northern Illinois quarterback is not stranger to the national spotlight. Last season, he led the Mid-American Conference in total offense and was only 163 yards short of the overall leader in the country: Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel. Manziel went on to win the Heisman Trophy as Lynch finished a distant seventh in the voting. Both are back in 2013 and although Manziel appears to a preseason favorite to win the award again, don’t count out Lynch as a dark horse for college football’s coveted award.
The Buzz: A dual-threat quarterback, Lynch finished last season with 4,953 yards of total offense along with 44 total touchdowns for the Huskies. He guided Northern Illinois to a 12-win season and an appearance in the program’s first-ever BCS bowl game at the Orange Bowl. His 1,771 rushing yards last season broke the single-season record for a quarterback previously held by Michigan’s Denard Robinson. All-in-all, it was a stellar season for Lynch and despite not earning a spot in New York for the Heisman Trophy awards, he did end up finishing seventh in the voting ahead of West Virginia’s Tavon Austin, Oregon’s Kenjon Barner and Georgia’s Jarvis Jones. For the Chicago native to truly have a shot at the Heisman, he would need to exceed his performance from 2012. Even then, it’s not going to be easy. The last player from a non-BCS school to win the Heisman was BYU QB Ty Detmer in 1990. Another factor is age. The last senior to win the award was Ohio State’s Troy Smith in 2006. On the plus side, though, a quarterback has won nine of the past 10 times.
No sooner had we posted our dark horse projections than the school announced it was kicking off a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch entitled "Lynch for 6." The campaign features an interactive website loaded with a bio, stats, clips and more.
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