Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is the best player in college football and deserves to win the Heisman Trophy.
Lynch ran through bitter cold and persistent snow for 321 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-14 victory over Western Michigan in DeKalb on Tuesday night, breaking his own NCAA record for single game rushing yards for a QB.
Lynch now has 1,755 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns for the season and, with Tuesday’s victory, the Huskies completed a 12-0 regular season and will face either Bowling Green or Buffalo in the Mid-American Conference championship game on December 6.
Number 6 also threw one TD pass against the Broncos, giving him 22 for the year against just five interceptions and he has passed for more than 2,200 yards. Lynch is now just the fifth FBS quarterback with at least 4,000 yards rushing and 5,000 yards passing for his college career.
NIU never lost a home game with Lynch at quarterback, has never lost to a MAC opponent and he is 24-2 overall as a starter.
Jordan Lynch is tough as a bull, nimble as a deer and humble as a Buddhist. His teammates love him and he makes everyone better.
No team in the nation relies on one player more than Northern Illinois leans on Jordan Lynch; therefore he’s the most valuable player in college football. Or does that just reflect the thinking that NIU is in a lower-tier conference and if Lynch played in the SEC he would be a second-string fullback?
Lynch is six-feet tall, 216 pounds and routinely outruns defensive backs. They are MAC defensive backs but he’s more than the MAC Daddy. There are 71 MAC players on NFL rosters this year including last spring’s top overall pick, Eric Fisher. The MAC is a good conference and Lynch is a transcendent player.
Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron has a better team than Lynch, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel has more press, (good and bad) so does Florida State signal caller Jameis Winston. They are great players, as are many others. But Lynch has outplayed all of them.
The Heisman Trust says the Heisman Memorial Trophy “annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work.”
In other words: Jordan Lynch.