It’s been more than 22 years since a player from a non-major school won the Heisman Trophy (BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990), but Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch is trying to break that streak.
[Heisman Watch: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch gaining ground]
Last week, we noted that it’s a three-man race, but with only one of those guys playing a quality opponent this week, it gave us an opportunity to check out some other candidates and Lynch piqued our interest.
He’s not a new name. He was in the Heisman conversation last year after he led the Huskies to the Orange Bowl and his then-coach – Dave Doeren – wrote a letter to Heisman voters claiming they should consider his QB.
This year has been no different. Lynch accounted for five touchdowns in a 63-19 win over UMass and kept the Huskies unbeaten.
And if it were just about stats, Lynch would have a solid case for the bronze statue. He’s passed for 1,871 yards and 19 touchdowns. He’s rushed for 1,150 yards and 12 scores. He’s even caught a touchdown pass. However, he plays in the Mid-American Conference – a conference that boasts seven teams with losing records and has no team but NIU in the Top 25. If we knock Teddy Bridgewater’s schedule (which we do every week) we can’t elevate Lynch above players such Marcus Mariota and Johnny Manziel.
Right now, he’s on the outside looking in, but he’s definitely keeping folks interested.
Here’s Dr. Saturday’s Heisman Watch for Week 10:
- Sports & Recreation
- American Football
- Heisman Trophy
- Marcus Mariota
- Johnny Manziel