Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel HS) has been named one of five finalists for the Walter Camp Football Foundation Player of the Year Award.
He is the first player from a Mid-American Conference team to be honored as a finalist since the Walter Camp Football Foundation began designating finalists for the prestigious honor in 2001.
Lynch, who was named the winner of the MAC’s Vern Smith Leadership Award and Offensive Player of the Year Wednesday, is also a finalist for the Manning Quarterback Award and the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award.
Lynch joined quarterbacks A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M) and Jameis Winston (Florida State) and running back Andre Williams (Boston College) as finalists for the Walter Camp Award.
The only FBS player in the country who is his team’s first option both as a passer and as a runner, Lynch was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week a record eight times this year while compiling 4,212 yards of total offense on 1,755 rushing and 2,457 passing yards. He gained more than 300 yards of total offense in 10 of the Huskies’ 12 games in 2013 (all except blowout wins over Purdue and UMass when he did not play fourth quarter).
Lynch ranks fourth nationally in total offense (351.0 yards per game) and in rushing (146.3 yards per game) and is second in points responsible for with 258. He is only the fifth player in NCAA history to have 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in a season and is poised to break the NIU single season record for touchdowns scored.
Lynch has twice set the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 316 and 321-yard outings versus Central and Western Michigan, respectively and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry on the season. He is completing 64.4 percent of his passes and has thrown for 150 yards or more in 11 games while reaching the 100-yard rushing mark seven times, including in each of NIU’s last four contests.
Perhaps most impressively, Lynch is 24-2 as the Huskies starting quarterback in two seasons. He is 17-0 versus Mid-American Conference opponents, 12-0 in true road games and 11-0 at Huskie Stadium.
He leads the 12-0 and No. 14 (BCS) Huskies into the Marathon MAC Championship Game against MAC East Champion Bowling Green (9-3) Friday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. The Huskies are making their fourth consecutive trip to Ford Field for the MAC Championship game and have won each of the last two league titles.