Northern Illinois Football

NIU: Does QB Jordan Lynch Deserve to Be a Heisman Trophy Finalist?

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 30:  Jordan Lynch #6 of Northern Illinois is tackled by Luke Batton #30 of Kent State during the Mid-American Conference Championship game at Ford Field on November 30, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan.  (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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Dean SiemonAnalyst IIDecember 1, 2012

Regardless of which school you represent, a good quarterback is a good quarterback.

Northern Illinois junior Jordan Lynch may have only now just earned some national recognition, despite having put together a tremendous season as a dual-threat quarterback.

After Friday night's 44-37 double-overtime win over Kent State in the Mid-American Conference Championship, Lynch now has 2,962 passing yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

While those numbers aren't among the nation's leaders, Lynch did break Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson's rushing record with 1,771 yards along with 19 touchdowns.

Those numbers are enough to earn a player the MAC Most Valuable Player of the Year award. But for the Heisman Trophy, it's hard when not a lot of fans have watched you play.

The Huskies have played two nationally televised games this season. So there have only been two opportunities for the average fan to watch Lynch in action, in contrast to some other players who are leading the list of Heisman hopefuls.

Granted, now the average fan who caught the MAC Championship knows that Lynch is the record-setting running quarterback with 160 yards and three touchdowns against Kent State.

But there isn't a lot of media attention for one of NIU's best players in history. I can't even put a tag on Lynch in this article because he doesn't even show up.

To be honest, it would be very difficult for someone like Lynch to even make the trip to New York City.

Does he deserve it?

Well, any player that can lead a team to a school-record 12 wins in a row while being the biggest factor on offense in his first season as a full-time starter deserves some recognition.

But let's face it, the voters are not even going to give Lynch more than a quick glance over his stats before they see that he's in a mid-major conference and move on to guys like Texas A&M's Johnny "Football" Manziel, Notre Dame's Manti Te'o or Kansas State's Collin Klein.

If nothing else, Lynch has helped give Northern Illinois some much-needed press after that thrilling game with the Golden Flashes to set up a big run for next season.

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