Northern Illinois junior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel HS) has been added to the Watch List for the 2012 Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the organization announced Wednesday.
Lynch is one of 10 midseason additions to the Watch List, which originally contained 25 names and was released in August.
In his first season as the Huskies’ starting quarterback, Lynch has led NIU to a 6-1 record while passing for 1,487 yards and rushing for 918.
He has scored 11 touchdowns rushing and thrown 11 touchdown passes while completing 109-of-178 passes with just three interceptions.
He ranks fifth in the nation in rushing with 131.1 yards per game and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry. Lynch has rushed for more than 100 yards in six of the Huskies’ seven games with a career-high 207 yards versus Ball State. He has touchdown runs of 73, 88 and 71 yards this season.
Lynch has thrown for 212.4 yards per game and is accounting for 343.6 yards of total offense per game with 2,405 total yards to rank seventh in the nation. He has connected on touchdown passes of 69, 65, 54 and 43 yards.
Lynch has been named the Mid-American Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week three times in the first seven weeks of the season, and has been named a Manning Award Star of the Week three times. He was added to the Maxwell Award Watch List earlier this season.
The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates’ bowl performances in its balloting.
Ten finalists for the award will be determined by a selected panel of national media covering college football, as well as each of the Mannings. That list will be released Wednesday, Nov. 28. The winner will be announced Wednesday, Jan. 9.