Created:Wednesday, November 28, 2012 9:50 a.m.CDT
Updated:Wednesday, November 28, 2012 5:11 p.m.CDT

Lynch named Mid-American Conference MVP


Northern Illinois junior QB Jordan Lynch was named the Mid-American Conference MVP Wednesday morning.

Lynch becomes the third consecutive Huskie to win the Vern Smith Leadership Award, as voted on by the conference head coaches, after QB Chandler Harnish won the award in 2011 and RB Chad Spann won it in 2010.

“[Winning the Vern Smith Award] is definitely a great accomplishment, and it definitely wouldn’t happen without all of my coaches and teammates,” Lynch said in a news release. “I’m grateful to the MAC coaches. Winning the award shows that your talent, your accomplishments and your hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. It shows the respect they have for me as a person and as a player.”

Lynch has led NIU to a perfect 8-0 record in the MAC and an 11-1 mark overall. The Huskies are ranked No. 21 in the BCS standings and will play for the MAC Championship on Friday against Kent St. at Ford Field in Detroit.

Lynch has thrown for 2,750 yards and 23 touchdowns while running for 1,611 yards and 16 touchdowns. He holds the NCAA record for most consecutive 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback (9) and became the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 yards in a game when he accomplished the feat aginst Toledo on Nov. 14.

“I’m extremely happy for Jordan and think he’s a great representative of that award,” NIU head coach Dave Doeren said in a news release. “I think Jordan stands for everything that award is about. To see an NIU player win the Vern Smith Award six of the last seven years says a lot about our program.”

The junior quarterback from Mt. Carmel High School in Chicago was also named MAC Offensive Player of the Year and is one of five Huskies who was honored as a first team All-MAC selection.

Joining Lynch on the first team are wide receiver Martel Moore, safety Jimmie Ward and defensive ends Sean Progar and Alan Baxter. Offensive tackle Tyler Loos and outside linebacker Tyrone Clark made the second team.

2012 MAC Specialty Award Winners

Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

Coach of the Year: Darrell Hazell, Kent State

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

Defensive Player of the Year: DT Chris Jones, Bowling Green

Special Teams Player of the Year: KR Dri Archer, Kent State

Freshman of the Year: WR Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

2012 All-MAC First Team Offense

Quarterback – Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois

Center – Zac Kerin, Toledo +

Offensive Linemen – Brian Winters, Kent State +%

Offensive Lineman – Eric Fisher, Central Michigan !

Offensive Lineman – Dann O’Neill, Western Michigan !

Offensive Linemen – Austin Holtz, Ball State

Tight End – Zane Fakes, Ball State

Wide Receiver – Martel Moore, Northern Illinois

Wide Receiver – Bernard Reedy, Toledo

Wide Receiver – Willie Snead, Ball State

Wide Receiver – Jamill Smith, Ball State

Running Back – Dri Archer, Kent State

Running Back – David Fluellen, Toledo

Placekicker – Steven Schott, Ball State

2012 All-MAC First Team Defense

Outside Linebacker – Khalil Mack, Buffalo &

Outside Linebacker –Gabe Martin, Bowling Green

Inside Linebacker – Dan Molls, Toledo

Inside Linebacker – Perry McIntyre, UMass

Down Lineman – Chris Jones, Bowling Green %&

Down Lineman – Roosevelt Nix, Kent State @&

Down Lineman – Sean Progar, Northern Illinois @+

Down Lineman – Alan Baxter, Northern Illinois

Defensive Back – Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois +

Defensive Back – Dayonne Nunley, Miami &

Defensive Back – BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green

Defensive Back – Jermaine Robinson, Toledo

Punter – Jay Karutz, Eastern Michigan

2012 All-MAC First Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Dri Archer, Kent State

Punt Return Specialist –Bernard Reedy, Toledo

2012 All-MAC Second Team Offense

Quarterback – Keith Wenning, Ball State

Center – Skyler Allen, Ohio

Offensive Lineman – Eric Herman, Ohio +

Offensive Lineman – Josh Kline, Kent State

Offensive Lineman – Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois

Offensive Lineman – Jordan Roussos, Bowling Green

Tight End – Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan !

Wide Receiver – Nick Harwell, Miami #&

Wide Receiver – Alex Neutz, Buffalo

Wide Receiver – Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

Wide Receiver – Titus Davis, Central Michigan !

Running Back – Beau Blankenship, Ohio

Running Back – Zurlon Tipton, Central Michigan

Placekicker – Matt Weller, Ohio ^+

2012 All-MAC Second Team Defense

Outside Linebacker – Tyrone Clark, Northern Illinois

Outside Linebacker – Justin Cudworth, Eastern Michigan !

Inside Linebacker – Travis Freeman, Ball State +

Inside Linebacker – Luke Batton, Kent State !

Down Lineman – Jonathon Newsome, Ball State

Down Lineman – Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan !

Down Lineman – Steven Means, Buffalo

Down Lineman – Andy Mulumba, Eastern Michigan

Defensive Back – Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan %&

Defensive Back – Luke Wollet, Kent State !

Defensive Back – Darren Thellen, UMass

Defensive Back – Justin Currie, Western Michigan

Punter – Brian Schmiedebusch, Bowling Green &

2012 All-MAC Second Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Bernard Reedy, Toledo

Punt Return Specialist – Jaime Wilson, Western Michigan

2012 All-MAC Third Team Offense

Quarterback – Zac Dysert, Miami

Center – Kevin Galeher, Western Michigan

Offensive Lineman – Greg Mancz, Toledo

Offensive Lineman – Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green

Offensive Lineman – Jordan Hansel, Ball State +

Offensive Lineman – Cam Lowry, Ball State

Tight End – Alex Bayer, Bowling Green

Wide Receiver – Marquelo Suel, Akron

Wide Receiver – Andy Cruse, Miami

Wide Receiver – Cody Wilson, Central Michigan #!

Wide Receiver – Alonzo Russell, Toledo

Running Back – Jahwan Edwards, Ball State

Running Back – Trayion Durham, Kent State

Placekicker – Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo

2012 All-MAC Third Team Defense

Position – Name - School

Outside Linebacker – C.J. Malauulu, Kent State +

Outside Linebacker – Alphonso Lewis, Ohio

Inside Linebacker – Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green #&

Inside Linebacker – Desmond Bozeman, Western Michigan

Down Lineman – Nate Ollie, Ball State +

Down Lineman – Jake Dooley, Kent State

Down Lineman – Neal Huynh, Ohio

Down Lineman – Ted Ouellet, Bowling Green

Defensive Back – Cam Truss, Bowling Green

Defensive Back – Eric Patterson, Ball State

Defensive Back – Cheatham Norrils, Toledo

Defensive Back – Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan +

Punter – Colter Johnson, UMass

2012 All-MAC Third Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State

Punt Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State +

& 2011 First team All-MAC

+ 2011 Second team All-MAC

! 2011 Third team All-MAC

@ 2010 First team All-MAC

# 2010 Second team All-MAC

% 2010 Third team All-MAC

^ 2009 First team All-MAC

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