News conference notes: Lynch more than just a runner

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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch earned another Offensive Player of the Week honor in the Mid-American Conference West Division Monday, after going into the Football Bowl Subdivision record books in last week's 31-24 win over Toledo.

Lynch threw for 407 yards and ran for 162, becoming the first FBS player in history to finish a game with more than 400 passing yards and run for more than 150.

The junior averages 234.7 passing yards per game, and is second in the MAC in passing efficiency (159.3). Ohio backup QB Derrius Vick ranks first in the category, but he's only attempted 30 passes.

To NIU head coach Dave Doeren, it's pretty clear Lynch is more than just a runner. Toledo found that out the hard way last week.

"There's been a lot of great quarterbacks that have played this game, and have played since the invention of the spread," Doeren said at Monday's news conference. "So, I think he's shown now that he's more than just a runner, in multiple games."

Other notes from Monday's news conference:

• Despite the game being on a Wednesday night and having an odd start time (8 p.m. CT), 17,813 fans showed up to the Toledo game, the second-largest crowd of the season.

Doeren was pleased with the amount of fans who came to Huskie Stadium.

"Very happy, also for the crowd that came out and supported us Wednesday night," he said. "That meant a lot for our seniors."

• With NIU left tackle Tyler Loos out for the season with a broken tibia, sophomore Ryan Brown will start at his spot against Eastern Michigan. Brown has started the past 10 games at right tackle. Matt Krempel, who had been rotating with Brown, will start at right tackle.

"Ryan's had a good season for us," Doeren said. "I know he's excited about the opportunity to play a whole game as opposed to being a rotational player."

• Friday's game at Eastern Michigan will kick off at 12 p.m. CT, and will be shown on ESPN3.

— Steve Nitz, snitz@shawmedia.com, @SNitz_DDC on Twitter

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