Tuesday notes: Doeren takes Lynch campaign into his own hands

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Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren believes Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch deserves serious Heisman Trophy consideration.

The NIU athletic department has set up a campaign for Lynch, but Doeren decided to take the cause into his own hands.

Tuesday, Doeren sent a letter to Heisman Trophy voters in support of his QB, talking about what type of player Lynch is, and listing his impressive stats.

"I just felt like it was something from the heart that was a genuine, unedited, uncut version of me I guess," Doeren said after Tuesday's practice at Huskie Stadium. "How much he means to our team and what I think of him as a player and person might help him a bit. Whether it does or doesn't, I still think shows my respect to him."

Lynch is still probably a long shot to get invited, but I do think his campaign is gaining steam. You just can't deny is video game-like numbers. A huge game against Kent State in Friday's Mid-American Conference Championship Game would really help his cause.

• One other NIU note today, Lincoln-Way East quarterback Tommy Fuessel, who verbally committed to Northern Illinois over the summer, confirmed to the Daily Chronicle that he has re-opened his recruiting.

The dual-threat QB, who was recruited as an athlete according to Rivals.com, led the Griffins to a second-place finish in Class 7A this season.

When reached by phone, Fuessel declined comment.

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

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