MAC teleconference notes: Campbell praises Lynch

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Unfortunately for Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch, Toledo head coach Matt Campbell doesn't hold a Heisman Trophy vote.

Regardless, Campbell had some high praise for Lynch during Monday's Mid-American Conference coaches teleconference, calling him one of the best players in the country.

"You talk about the word consistency, and he's been the essence of consistency," Campbell said. "He's played excellent every football game. He's got great durability, and he's somebody that, anytime when the quarterback not only has the ability to be a dynamic runner but then has the ability to make accurate throws, I think you sit there and he presents such a great challenge to your defense.

"I've got the utmost respect for him and what he's done in this football season."

Lynch has 3,517 yards of total offense, good for third in the nation behind Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel (3,794 yards) and Baylor QB Nick Florence (3,553).

NIU head coach Dave Doeren has said all season he's not surprised by Lynch's success. He just wasn't sure if the Huskies' offensive line would be as good as it is.

"Jordan has been nothing but impressive ever since the day I got on campus. And not just athletically, but competitively. He's one of the best competitors I've every coached in 16 years," Doeren said. "So I knew that he was going to be great. I just didn't know if we could protect him as well as we've been able to."

Other notes from Monday's teleconference:

• After playing for 10 straight weeks, NIU finally got a chance to rest up this past week. Doeren said the team is feeling as good as it has all season.

"It was good mental and physical health for everybody," Doeren said.

• Wednesday's game will be the last contest at Huskie Stadium for NIU's senior class, which is the winingest class in school history.

"These guys mean a lot to NIU, to me, to all our coaches and players," Doeren said. "We'll honor them with a victory if possible."

• Toledo running back David Fluellen has 1,381 rushing yards, which puts him in a tie with Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey for second place in the country. Nevada's Stefphon Jefferson leads the nation with 1,436 yards. Lynch is fifth in the country with 1,342.

"I'm just really proud of what [Fluellen]'s accomplished," Campbell said. "He's somebody that's shown great flashes of being a really special football player."

– Steve Nitz,, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter


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