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Northern Illinois coach Dave Doeren has a message for Heisman voters

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Jordan Lynch might not be a household name, but the Northern Illinois quarterback definitely deserves some national recognition, and his coach is helping him get it.

Dave Doeren personally emailed Heisman voters on Tuesday touting his quarterback as a potential Heisman candidate.

Here's the letter in its entirety:

Respected Voters,

I wanted to personally write to you regarding my QB Jordan Lynch. I know many of you have his stats and have followed his season. In my 17 years of coaching college football I have never seen a tougher, multi-skilled, consistently productive quarterback than Jordan. In 12 games he has rushed for 1611 yds, 16 TD's, 134.2 yards/game and passed for 2750 yds, 23 TD's and only 4 INT's with a QB rating of 157.3. Please understand that many of the second halves this season we were up and didn't play him in the 4th Q. His stats could be even more over the top. His game management skills and clutch decision making also sets him apart.

He is the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 in a game (vs Toledo, 11/14/12). He is the second player to ever pass for more than 2,500 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a season. Jordan holds the NCAA record for most consecutive 100 yard rushing games by a quarterback (10 straight). He needs 92 yards to break the NCAA record for Rushing yards by a QB in a season.

He is a blue collar winner that truly loves and respects the game of football. His relentless energy and passion for competition and winning is inspirational and contagious. I love to see him practice and play -- he is worthy of any and all consideration he gets for the Heisman Trophy. As an award that represents the best - he is purely that! I know that there are many deserving candidates out there. I just wanted you to know from a coaches perspective how special Jordan Lynch is. This is what college football players should inspire to be like -- he is tough, loyal, competitive, fierce, poised, accountable, and productive!

Thanks for your time and consideration.

Go Huskies!!!

Lynch is the best quarterback few know anything about. He set the NCAA record for consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback. He became the first quarterback to pass for 400 yards and rush for 150 in the same game when he threw for 407 and rushed for 166 in a 31-24 win over Toledo.

Lynch currently has thrown for 2,750 yards and rushed for 1,611 yards. He needs just 92 yards to break the NCAA record for rushing yards by a quarterback.

And he could get that Friday when the Huskies face Kent State in the Mid-American Conference championship. Lynch has helped the Huskies to an 11-1 record, a perfect 8-0 in conference play, and he and the team are playing for their second consecutive conference title.

Unfortunately, a lot of this has gone unnoticed because Lynch plays in the Mid-American Conference and most of his games are midweek.

But it's smart of Doeren to at least draw attention to his quarterback especially since he'll be playing in one of the few games on this week's docket. Lynch probably won't win the award, but at least Northern Illinois might get him some votes.

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