Jordan Lynch is deserving of the Heisman.
Let that sentence soak in for a second. He may be the pride of the MAC or the guy you hate, that depends on if you’re a NIU fan or a fan of a different MAC team. He may be balding, but that doesn’t matter. This guy is a flat out STUD.
He is very deserving of the talk he is getting revolved around the most prestigious award in college athletics. After last week’s gritty performance against Toledo (although ho-hum for Lynch with another 200 yard passing performance and 150 rushing yards), you expected the Heisman talk to continue. Add on dismal performances by Johnny Manziel and Bryce Petty and Jameis Winston’s legal issues, and you’d have thought Lynch was the front runner.
That’s a bit facetious, but you get the point. Bovada Las Vegas recently changed the odds for the Heisman after last week and here’s what they look like:
- Jameis Winston 4/7
- AJ McCarron 9/4
- Andre Williams 6/1
- Braxton Miller 14/1
- Johnny Manziel 18/1
- Derek Carr 28/1
- Jordan Lynch 28/1
When originally released, I believe Carr was 20/1 and I was a bit shocked he was ahead of Lynch. No disrespect to Carr, but he doesn’t run the ball and nobody watches West Coast games. Will Lynch win the award? As a proud Huskie, I must emphatically say no.
However, does he deserve to go to New York and enjoy the festivities, that’s an emphatic yes. It seems as if the Lynch Heisman train has hit full steam. I’ve seen videos from Desmond Howard, Charles Davis, and Eddie George discussing the topic. It seems many writers are on the bandwagon too. Lynch has certainly had more Heisman press than Carr. Even Gene Wojciechowski has him at #2 on his ballot.The ESPN Heisman Watch has him at #5, and the Yahoo! Sports section has him at #4. Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune just tweeted earlier that Lynch holds his #2 spot.
Here’s just a quick stat line for Lynch in case you forgot. Passing: 207-312 for 2,418 yards with 21 TDs to 5 interceptions. Rushing: 221 rushes for 1,434 yards and 17 TDs. He ranks in the top 10 in rushing yards, rushing ypg, rushing TDs, total offense per game, points responsible for, points responsible per game. He’s in the top 25 in passing efficiency and passing TDs. Don’t forget his team is 11-0 as well. Lynch has also been named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week 7 times. That’s not a lie; he’s won the award 7 of the Huskies 11 games. His teammate, Tommylee Lewis, stole the award one week. Oh, I forgot to mention, he caught a TD pass as well. He punts every now and again too.
|2013 - Jordan Lynch||11||103.0||207||312||66.3||2418||219.8||7.8||21||5||221||1434||130.4||6.5||17||-||-|
These numbers could have been padded even more had he played more than a combined two series in the second half vs. UMass and Eastern Michigan. He also saw very limited second half playing time vs. Purdue.
As I alluded to earlier, Lynch is certainly deserving of a trip to New York for this award. He’s never lost a MAC game as a starter, he’s never lost on the road or at home as a starter (both losses are on neutral fields), and he’s got an awesome first name (I’m a little bias).
If there is anyone in the MAC deserving of going to New York, it is this guy. No disrespect to Randy Moss, as he is one of the best ever in the NFL and the NCAA, but he didn’t carry his team like Lynch has.
Lynch is also the most deserving Huskie to go to NY. Even though many would argue LeShon Johnson was pretty darn deserving as well. Here are just a few other opinions saying Lynch is deserving of a shot at the prestigious award:
If Lynch can get to New York, there will be a fiesta (of the party variety not the religious variety) in DeKalb, pun intended.