Huskie QB earns national honor after 316-yard rushing day
Northern Illinois University senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill., Mt. Carmel HS) has been named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, the organization announced Sunday.
Lynch also became the first Huskie player to earn a “helmet sticker” on ESPN’s “College Football Final” show recapping the top performances of the week. ESPN personality Lou Holtz presented Lynch’s helmet sticker on the show, which aired late Saturday night. During that show, Lynch was also named a Capital One Impact Performer of the Week and fans can vote for him for the weekly honor.
Lynch’s honors comes one day after he ran for 316 yards Saturday in NIU’s 38-17 victory over Central Michigan to break the NCAA single game record for most rushing yards by a Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) quarterback. His 316 yards are the most by any FBS player this season.
He is the third Huskie to be named the Walter Camp Offensive Player of the Week in the 10-year history of the award, following in the footsteps of Garrett Wolfe (Oct. 1, 2006) and Chad Spann (Sept. 26, 2010).
Versus CMU, Lynch carried the ball 32 times for 316 yards, fourth-most in school history, to average 9.9 yards per rush, and scored three rushing touchdowns as the Huskies won their seventh straight game without a loss this season. He gained 232 yards on 18 carries in the second half with three runs of 40 or more yards in the half. The Chicago product also completed 20-of-30 passes for 155 yards and a touchdown to account for 471 yards of total offense, the fourth-highest total in school history.
Lynch is now averaging 133.1 rushing yards per game in 2013 to rank seventh nationally in rushing. His 932 yards (on 138 carries) are fourth in the nation and he ranks ninth nationally in total offense yards per game with 345.7. Lynch has seven touchdown runs and 14 touchdown passes this season and has thrown a touchdown pass in 20 consecutive games dating back to 2012. He is 19-2 as the Huskies’ starting quarterback.
Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner was honored as the Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week. The Walter Camp Football Foundation has honored one offensive and one defensive player as its national FBS player of the week for the past 10 years. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members.
Lynch and the Huskies play their third home game of the season Saturday versus Eastern Michigan. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. and, prior to the game, NIU will hold an open house for its new indoor facility, the Kenneth and Ellen Chessick Practice Center. Tickets for the NIU-Eastern Michigan game are on sale now online or by calling (815) 753-PACK (7225).