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NIU's Jordan Lynch Heisman Trophy Finalist

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DeKALB, Ill. – Northern Illinois Universityquarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel HS) will travel to New YorkCity and be honored as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Memorial Trophy, theHeisman Trophy Trust announced Monday during ESPN's Sportscenter broadcast.Lynch is the first Huskie player to be selected as a finalist for the trophy,which annually recognizes the most outstanding college football player in thecountry.

The Heisman Trophy will be awarded Saturday, Dec.14 at 7 p.m. Central Time during an ESPN national television broadcast.  Lynch is one of six finalists for the awardin 2013. 

"ObviouslyI am extremely happy for Jordan to get this invitation to the Heisman TrophyCeremony this weekend and be honored as a finalist," said NIU Head Coach RodCarey.  "This is a great honor for himand it recognizes the great career he has had. It is so well-deserved that he gets to go to New York.  I'm also very happy for NIU, that along withJordan's accomplishments, our team and our university will be put on centerstage in New York. " 

Careysaid Lynch's unique abilities make him more than worthy to be honored as one ofthe nation's best.

"Ihave never been around someone who has 64 percent completion rate as a passerand has the rushing records that would be great for just a running back," hesaid.  "He can do both.  He's a special, special athlete and we weresure fortunate to get to coach him and have him on this team at the time wedid." 

Typically, Lynch recognized the contributions ofthose around him. 

"It's a great honor and a great accomplishment,but I couldn't do it without my coaches, teammates, family and the supportstaff," Lynch said. "It's hard [to get selected from a non-AQ school].  One of the biggest things is you have to wingames, have a winning team and your stats have to separate you from the biggerschools.  I knew if I had a chance to getthere it would be a good individual season, and I knew it would take a greatyear as a team for us.  I'm really happyand like I said, I wouldn't be here without my coaches and teammates."

NIU Associate Vice-President and Director ofAthletics Sean T. Frazier congratulated Lynch on behalf of the entireuniversity.

"NIU is extremely proud of Jordan and what he hasaccomplished, along with his teammates, this season," Frazier said.  "He is a great leader and a modelstudent-athlete. I'm happy for Jordan, for his family and for our coachingstaff.  To be recognized as a finalistfor one of the greatest trophies in sports is tremendous for Jordan, for ourfootball program and for Northern Illinois University." 

Lynch, who won the MAC's Vern Smith LeadershipAward as league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year, is also a finalist forthe Manning Quarterback Award, the Senior CLASS Award and the Walter CampPlayer of the Year Award.  He was a finalistfor the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and a semifinalist for the Davey O'BrienQuarterback Award.    

The only FBS player in the country who is histeam's first option both as a passer and as a runner, Lynch was named MAC WestOffensive Player of the Week a record eight times this year while compiling4,557 yards of total offense on 1,881 rushing and 2,676 passing yards.  He gained over 300 yards of total offense in11 of the Huskies' 13 games in 2013 (all except blowout wins over Purdue andUMass when he did not play fourth quarter).

Lynch ranks fourth nationally in total offense(351.0 yards per game) and is second in both rushing yards (1,881) and pointsresponsible for (276).  He is only thefifth player in NCAA history to have 20 rushing and 20 passing touchdowns in aseason and has broken the NIU single season record for touchdowns scored. 

Lynch has twice set the NCAA record for rushingyards by a quarterback with 316 and 321-yard outings versus Central and WesternMichigan, respectively, and is averaging 6.9 yards per carry on theseason.   He is completing 63.1 percentof his passes and has thrown for 150 yards or more in 12 games while reachingthe 100-yard rushing mark seven times, including in each of NIU's last sixcontests.

Perhaps most impressively, Lynch is 24-3 as the Huskies'starting quarterback in two seasons, including a 12-1 mark in 2013. He has onegame remaining as he will lead NIU into the 2013 San Diego County Credit UnionPoinsettia Bowl against Utah State on December 26, 2013. 

 

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