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