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 with Florida 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