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Season Totals: 2,676 yards passing, 23 TDs, seven INT, 140.8 QB rating; 1,881 yards rushing, 22 TDs, 6.9 yards per carry
Best Game: Oct. 19 at Central Michigan, 316 rushing yards, 155 passing yards and four total TDs
Nobody, absolutely nobody, means more to his team than Northern Illinois' Jordan Lynch.
A jack of all trades at the quarterback position, Lynch is second in the nation in rushing, trailing only Boston College's Andre Williams in that category.
Twice this season he's set the FBS record for rushing yards by a quarterback in a game. He had 316 against Central Michigan in October and then rushed for 321 against Western Michigan in late November.
Against Eastern Michigan this year, Lynch threw, caught and ran for a touchdown.
Had the Huskies not fallen to Bowling Green in the MAC Championship Game, Lynch and Co. would almost certainly be heading to a BCS bowl game. Instead, the 12-1 Huskies are relegated to the Poinsettia Bowl.
Although Northern Illinois watched its dreams of a second straight BCS berth slip away in the season's final week, the Huskies owe nearly all of their success over the past two seasons to Lynch. The guy has done it all and then some for his team and is almost the sole reason it's relevant on a national stage.
“If you can play football, you can play, it doesn’t matter what level it is," Lynch said on a media conference call, via Chicagonow.com.
In fact, the argument could be made that without Lynch, the Huskies would struggle just to get to bowl eligibility. That's why Lynch deserves to hoist the Heisman Trophy.