Created:Wednesday, December 4, 2013 11:01 a.m.CDT
Updated:Thursday, December 5, 2013 8:05 a.m.CDT

Lynch named Walter Camp finalist

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch was named Mid-American Conference MVP on Wednesday. (Monica Maschak -

Northern Illinois senior quarterback Jordan Lynch became the first Huskie to ever be named a finalist for the Walter Camp Player of the Year award on Wednesday.

Lynch was selected as one of five finalists for the award along withFlorida State quarterback Jameis Winston, Alabama QB AJ McCarron, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and Boston College running back Andre Williams. He is the first ever finalist from the Mid-American Conference. The award started naming finalists in 2001.

For the second consecutive year, Lynch was also named the Mid-American Conference's Most Valuable Player, winning the Vern Smith Leadership Award. It's the sixth time in the past seven seasons the honor has gone to a Huskie. Chandler Harnish won in 2011, while Chad Spann took it home in 2010. Larry English won it in both 2007 and 2008 and Garrett Wolfe was the winner in 2006.

“I don’t know what else I can say about Jordan, he has had a great year,” NIU head coach Rod Carey said. “This isn’t a career award, it’s an award based on this year and he’s earned it. The fact NIU has had seven players honored in the last eight years speaks to the tradition being built here and the program in place.”

Lynch has completed 64.5 percent of his passes for 2,457 yards and only five interceptions. He has 22 passing touchdowns and 20 rushing scores.

Lynch, who averages 351 yards of total offense, is also a finalist for the Manning and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Awards.

NIU head coach Rod Carey was named MAC Coach of the Year, joining Bill Mallory (1983) and Joe Novak (2002) as the only NIU coaches to win the award.

Six Huskie players were named to the All-MAC first team, more than any other team in the conference. Joining Lynch were offensive lineman Tyler Loos, wide receiver Tommylee Lewis, safety Jimmie Ward, linebacker Jamaal Bass and defensive lineman Ken Bishop.

NIU looks for its third straight MAC Championship Friday in Detroit when the Huskies take on Bowling Green. Should the Huskies win, Lynch is expected to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, which will be given out in New York City on Dec. 14.

2013 MAC Specialty Award Winners
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Coach of the Year: Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year: LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Special Teams Player of the Year: K Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo
Freshman of the Year: WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

2013 All-MAC First Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois &
Center – Chief Kekuewa, Bowling Green
Offensive Linemen – Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green !
Offensive Lineman – Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois +
Offensive Lineman – Jasen Carlson, Buffalo
Offensive Linemen – Jordan Hansel, Ball State #!
Tight End – Zane Fakes, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Willie Snead, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Alex Neutz, Buffalo +
Wide Receiver – Titus Davis, Central Michigan %+
Wide Receiver – Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois
Running Back – Branden Oliver, Buffalo @
Running Back – David Fluellen, Toledo &
Placekicker – Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo !

2013 All-MAC First Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – Khalil Mack, Buffalo @&
Outside Linebacker –Jamaal Bass, Northern Illinois
Inside Linebacker – Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
Inside Linebacker – Jatavis Brown, Akron
Down Lineman – Roosevelt Nix, Kent State ^@&
Down Lineman – Jonathan Newsome, Ball State +
Down Lineman – Ken Bishop, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Jayrone Elliott, Toledo
Defensive Back – Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois #&
Defensive Back – BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green &
Defensive Back – Dayonne Nunley, Miami @&
Defensive Back – Najja Johnson, Buffalo
Punter – Zac Murphy, Miami $

2013 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Devin Bass, Ohio
Punt Return Specialist –Travis Carrie, Ohio

2013 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Keith Wenning, Ball State +
Center – Zac Kerin, Toledo #&
Offensive Lineman – Greg Mancz, Toledo !
Offensive Lineman – Jared Volk, Northern Illinois
Offensive Lineman – Andy Phillips, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Alex Huettel, Bowling Green
Tight End – Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver – Bernard Reedy, Toledo &
Wide Receiver – Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver – Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Wide Receiver – Donte’ Foster, Ohio
Running Back – Travis Greene, Bowling Green
Running Back – Jahwan Edwards, Ball State !
Placekicker – Josiah Yazdani, Ohio

2013 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – D.J. Lynch, Bowling Green
Outside Linebacker – Gabe Martin, Bowling Green &
Inside Linebacker – Ben Ingle, Ball State
Inside Linebacker – Kent Kern, Miami
Down Lineman – Nate Ollie, Ball State #!
Down Lineman – Travonte Boles, Western Michigan
Down Lineman – Ted Ouellet, Bowling Green !
Down Lineman – Wes Williams, Miami
Defensive Back – Jeff Garrett, Ball State
Defensive Back – Malachi Freeman, Akron
Defensive Back – Devin Bass, Ohio
Defensive Back – Darius Polk, Kent State
Punter – Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

2013 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State !
Punt Return Specialist – Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green

2013 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Terrance Owens, Toledo
Center –Jacob Richard, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Anthony Dima, UMass
Offensive Lineman – Jeff Myers, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Jarrod Pughsley, Akron
Offensive Lineman – Lincoln Hansen, Eastern Michigan
Tight End – Alex Bayer, Bowling Green !
Wide Receiver – Jordan Williams, Ball State
Wide Receiver –Dri Archer, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Jamill Smith, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Alonzo Russell, Toledo !
Running Back – Bronson Hill, Eastern Michigan
Running Back – Jawon Chisholm, Akron
Placekicker – Scott Secor, Ball State

2013 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – Justin March, Akron
Outside Linebacker – Adam Redden, Buffalo
Inside Linebacker – Shamari Benton, Central Michigan
Inside Linebacker – Justin Cherocci, Central Michigan
Down Lineman – Colby Way, Buffalo
Down Lineman – Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Nico Caponi, Akron
Down Lineman – Treyvon Hester, Toledo
Defensive Back – Dechane Durante, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back – Luke Wollet, Kent State %+
Defensive Back – Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan
Defensive Back – Travis Carrie, Ohio #
Punter – Zach Paul, Akron

2013 All-MAC Third Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Dri Archer, Kent State &
Punt Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State #!

& 2012 First team All-MAC
+ 2012 Second team All-MAC
! 2012 Third team All-MAC

@ 2011 First team All-MAC
# 2011 Second team All-MAC
% 2011 Third team All-MAC

^ 2010 First team All-MAC
$ 2010 Third team All-MAC

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