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Lynch, Ward named AP All-Americans

By DAILY CHRONICLE STAFF – sports@daily-chronicle.com
Quarterback Jordan Lynch carries the ball in the first quarter of the MAC Championship game against Bowling Green at Ford Field on Friday, December 6, 2013. The Huskies are down, 31-13, at the half. (Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com)

The honors keep coming for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch.

After taking third place in the Heisman Trophy balloting Saturday evening in New York, Lynch was named Associated Press first-team All-American on Tuesday.

Lynch made the squad as an all-purpose player. Florida State's Jameis Winston, the Heisman Trophy winner, was named first-team quarterback.

The senior from Chicago will cap off a stellar Huskie career in the Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26. Lynch has 4,557 total yards on the season, and If he rushes for 119 yards in San Diego, he'll reach the 2,000 plateau.

NIU safety Jimmie Ward earned a spot as a third-team safety. Ward leads the Huskies with 89 tackles and six interceptions.

"It was a goal for me. I've been talking about it since last year," Ward said following Tuesday's practice at the Chessick Center. "Didn't care if it was first team, I just wanted All-American to get next to my name."

The only other player from the Mid-American Conference on the squad was Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack, who made the second team.

Ward was also named to the SI.com All-America team on Tuesday. Lynch was named as an honorable mention selection while junior wide receiver Tommylee Lewis was chosen as an honorable-mention pick in the all-purpose category.

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Jameis Winston, redshirt freshman, 6-foot-4, 229 pounds, Florida State.

Running backs — Andre Williams, senior, 6-0, 227, Boston College; Ka'Deem Carey, junior, 5-10, 196, Arizona.

Tackles — Jake Matthews, senior, 6-5, 305, Texas A&M; Cyrus Kouandjio, junior, 6-6, 310, Alabama.

Guards — Cyril Richardson, senior, 6-5, 340, Baylor; David Yankey, senior, 6-5, 313, Stanford.

Center — Bryan Stork, senior, 6-4, 300, Florida State.

Wide receivers — Brandin Cooks, junior, 5-10, 186, Oregon State; Mike Evans, sophomore, 6-5, 225, Texas A&M.

Tight end — Jace Amaro, junior, 6-5, 260, Texas Tech.

All-purpose player — Jordan Lynch, senior, 6-0, 216, Northern Illinois.

Kicker — Roberto Aguayo, redshirt freshman, 6-1, 203, Florida State.

DEFENSE

Ends — Michael Sam, senior, 6-2, 255, Missouri; Jackson Jeffcoat, senior, 6-5, 250, Texas.

Tackles — Aaron Donald, senior, 6-0, 285, Pittsburgh; Will Sutton, senior, 6-1, 288, Arizona State.

Linebackers — Anthony Barr, senior, 6-4, 248, UCLA; C.J. Mosley, senior, 6-2, 238, Alabama; Ryan Shazier, junior, 6-2, 230, Ohio State.

Cornerbacks — Darqueze Dennard, senior, 5-11, 197, Michigan State; Lamarcus Joyner, senior, 5-8, 190, Florida State.

Safeties — Cody Prewitt, junior, 6-2, 220, Mississippi; Deone Bucannon, senior, 6-1, 198, Washington State.

Punter — Tom Hornsey, senior, 6-3, 210, Memphis.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Johnny Manziel, sophomore, Texas A&M.

Running backs — Tre' Mason, junior, Auburn; Bishop Sankey, junior, Washington.

Tackles — Cameron Erving, junior, Florida State; Taylor Lewan, senior, Michigan.

Guards — Gabe Jackson, senior, Mississippi State; Xavier Su'a-Filo, junior, UCLA.

Center — Gabe Ikard, senior, Oklahoma.

Wide receivers — Sammy Watkins, junior, Clemson; Davante Adams, sophomore, Fresno State.

Tight end — Eric Ebron, junior, North Carolina.

All-purpose player — Ty Montgomery, junior, Stanford.

Kicker — Anthony Fera, senior, Texas.

DEFENSE

Ends — Vic Beasley, junior, Clemson; Shilique Calhoun, sophomore, Michigan State.

Tackles — Timmy Jernigan, junior, Florida State; Kelcy Quarles, junior, South Carolina.

Linebackers — Trent Murphy, senior, Stanford; Khalil Mack, senior, Buffalo; Chris Borland, senior, Wisconsin.

Cornerbacks — Justin Gilbert, senior, Oklahoma State; Jason Verrett, senior, TCU.

Safeties — Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, junior, Alabama; Ahmad Dixon, senior, Baylor.

Punter — Drew Kaser, sophomore, Texas A&M.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — A.J. McCarron, senior, Alabama.

Running backs — Carlos Hyde, senior, Ohio State; Ameer Abdullah, junior, Nebraska.

Tackles — Jack Mewhort, senior, Ohio State; Gregory Robinson, sophomore, Auburn.

Guards — John Urschel, senior, Penn State; Ryan Groy, senior, Wisconsin.

Center — Reese Dismukes, junior, Auburn.

Wide receivers — Allen Robinson, junior, Penn State; Jordan Matthews, senior, Vanderbilt.

Tight end — Austin Seferian-Jenkins, junior, Washington.

All-purpose player — Odell Beckham Jr., junior, LSU.

Kicker — Jeff Budzien, senior, Northwestern.

DEFENSE

Ends — Marcus Smith, senior, Louisville; Jeremiah Attaochu, senior, Georgia Tech.

Tackles — Ra'Shede Hageman, senior, Minnesota; Leonard Williams, sophomore, Southern California.

Linebackers —Shayne Skov, senior, Stanford; Max Bullough, senior, Michigan State; Denicos Allen, senior, Michigan State.

Cornerbacks — Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, junior, Oregon; Vernon Hargreaves III, freshman, Florida.

Safeties — Jimmie Ward, senior, Northern Illinois; Ty Zimmerman, senior, Kansas State.

Punter — Austin Rehkow, freshman, Idaho.

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