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Northern Illinois launches LynchFor6 Heisman campaign

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Yep.  yet another sign that we are (very) slowly inching toward the start of a new college football season.

Coming off a stunningly successful first season as a starter, quarterback Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois unveiled Monday, is the subject of an official “for Heisman” campaign.  The campaign, dubbed JordanLynchFor6, comes replete with its own website as well as a Twitter handle and Facebook account.

Based on Lynch’s under-the-radar success in 2012, the push for more publicity by the school is hardly surprising to anyone not named Vince Williams.

As a junior, Lynch scored 44 touchdowns (25 passing, 19 rushing); that total was higher than 50 FBS teams.  In accounting for over 75 percent of the Huskies’ total offense and setting four NCAA and 14 school records, Lynch was named a second-team All-American by both the Associated Press and Phil Steele .  Thanks in large part to the play of Lynch, the Huskies road a 12-game winning streak into the program’s first-ever BCS bowl bid, a 21-point loss to Florida State in the Orange Bowl.

“I think a Heisman campaign isn’t off of what he could do or will do, but what he’s done,” said NIU head coach Rod Carey. “What he’s already accomplished in one year as a starter is more than what some people do in a career. I know that every coach in America would sure love to have a leader like Jordan on their team.

“When you have a leader like him, he will always defer to the team and know that he can’t be there without his team. The attention to the team and to the program is well-deserved based on what’s been going on here not just last year but over the last 10 years.”

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20 Responses to “Northern Illinois launches LynchFor6 Heisman campaign”
  1. itsnolen says: Jun 24, 2013 9:11 PM

    VS FSU

    15/41 for 176 pass yds. 1 td and 1 int

    44 rush yds, 1.9 ypc.

  2. mauldawg says: Jun 24, 2013 9:39 PM

    This is a joke right? How do think Heisman when you play

    Ball State
    U Mass
    Kent State
    Eastern Ill

    This is some ones pipe dream. Wont ever happen.

  3. mydixienormus says: Jun 24, 2013 10:27 PM

    Almost as bad as playing
    MS State

    Oh wait… Those teams are from “the best conference in football”.

  4. thefiesty1 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:28 PM

    If the can give it to a freshman from a&m, why not?

  5. jimmy53 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:33 PM

    What a joke! This guy folded like a card table in the orange bowl—he couldn’t do anything!

  6. bender4700 says: Jun 24, 2013 10:54 PM

    mydixienormus says: Jun 24, 2013 10:27 PM

    ZING! Love it.

    to Jimmy:

    It was 10-17 in the 4th against a team picked by many to be national champions. And you’re talking smack against a team who was about half the size of FSU? It’d be like a college football team taking an NFL team into the 4th quarter with a one score game. It shouldn’t have happened at all. Should have been 30-0 in the 2nd with kind of talent FSU had. Ej Manuel? He was the QB, and will be starting day 1 in Buffalo.

    Seriously, do you know anything? The fact NIU was within a single digit point spread anytime past the 1st quarter was a heck of an accomplishment. Kid is good, whether ignorant fans realize it or not.

  7. dmvtransplant says: Jun 24, 2013 11:00 PM

    I guess they don’t get the Orange Bowl broadcasts up in Illinois?

  8. arrogantnation says: Jun 24, 2013 11:05 PM

    That’s cute.

  9. soundsofsuccess7 says: Jun 25, 2013 12:53 AM

    That kid sucks. Got exposed vs FSU, badly.

    Wouldn’t even start for a program like USC or Texas, let alone Bama or Georgia.

  10. waynefontes says: Jun 25, 2013 8:32 AM

    mydixienormus says:
    Jun 24, 2013 10:27 PM
    Almost as bad as playing
    MS State

    Oh wait… Those teams are from “the best conference in football”.

    ZING indeed!

    Even though two of the teams listed played in bowls and one of them finished in the final Top 25.

    Last year, the SEC had a better bowl record (6-3) than the ACC, Pac 12, Big 10 and Big 12.

    The fourth best team in the SEC (maybe fifth, considering South Carolina) manhandled the second best Big 12 team. Don’t get me started on the other conferences. Not worth the effort.

    But why just talk about last year, when we can go back five, ten, fifteen years.

    All Bowls ’98-’12 BCS Bowls ’98-’12

    SEC 73-50 (59.3%) 17-8
    Pac-12 41-45 (47.5%) 13-7
    Big XII 57-63 (47.5%) 9-11
    ACC 49-55 (47.1%) 3-13
    Big Ten 47-59 (44.3%) 12-14

    Let’s see…

    SEC – 4 different national champions in the last six years

    Pac-10 – 3 different national champions since 1954 (2 of those were split titles)

    ACC – 3 different national champions since 1980 (one was a split title)

    Big-10 – 3 different national champions since 1965 (one was a split title)

    Big 12 – 3 different national champions since 1997 (one was a split title, since 1995 all unanimous)

    Most national championships, most players sent to the NFL, most bowl wins.

    * Of the five major conferences remaining today — ACC, Big Ten, Big XII, Pac-12, and SEC — only the SEC has a winning bowl mark over the past 15 seasons.

    * The SEC has 16 more bowl wins than any other conference since the 1998 season.

    * Despite its teams often playing opponents that finished higher in their own conference standings, the SEC has the third-best winning percentage among conferences. Only the Big West — defunct for more than a decade — and the Big East have better overall winning percentages since 1998


    You’re right, dix. They are the best conference in football.

    Please feel free to name the conference that is better than the SEC and explain why.

    You’ll probably instead just sit there and remain insecure (using “dixie” in your name – a sure sign that your school is insignificant).

    The fact that you choose to use that handle shows how insecure and insignificant your football team is.

    Whatever conference it is in, it’s not the SEC. It’s not the best. Not that’s there any shame in that.

    That’s ok dix, not everyone can be the best.

    Who is the conference that’s better than the SEC?

    Exactly. There isn’t one.

  11. mydixienormus says: Jun 25, 2013 9:40 AM

    Hey waynefontes.

    Do you have a job?

  12. waynefontes says: Jun 25, 2013 9:51 AM

    I do.

    Do you have a comeback to the facts?

    Obviously, you don’t.

  13. waynefontes says: Jun 25, 2013 9:53 AM

    Still can’t name a better conference than the SEC?

    There’s no shame in your denial, dix.

    Actually, there’s a lot of shame. Since you talk a lot (which has proven to be wrong), but you STILL won’t name a better conference.

    Keep on fighting the lame fight, dix.

  14. mydixienormus says: Jun 25, 2013 9:59 AM

    The SEC is good at the top, yes.

    The middle and bottom, not so much.

    When you throw out straight numbers (i.e. # of bowl wins, # of guys in NFL, etc.) It is impressive. Remember though, the SEC has more teams.

    See how that works?

    On a percentage basis, the SEC is on par with the Big 12 and the Pac 12. I know this is hard to hear from southern knuckle draggers, but it is true.

    Note: Just because a conference has a team that wins a championship, doesn’t mean the whole conference is good.

  15. waynefontes says: Jun 25, 2013 10:07 AM

    The SEC just expanded to 14 teams THIS YEAR.

    See how that works?

    Before last year, the SEC had 12 teams. Which was the same as the ACC, Big 12 (until last year) and the Big 10.

    So that argument doesn’t wash.

    See how that works?

    Four different teams have won national championships the last six years. Which blows away any other conference. By far.

    Note: The SEC has the best bowl winning percentage (the only one over .500 of any of the major conferences) the last fifteen years.

    It also had the best winning percentage last year.

    See how that works?

    Note: the SEC had the best winning percentage in bowls of any of the Big Five (6-3)

    See how that works?

    Those are called facts. See how they work?

    What other conference is better in the middle and at the bottom?

    You STILL haven’t named what conference you think is superior.

    You must be a midwestern knuckledragger, or a Western knuckledragger, or an ACC knuckledragger…

    Oh, that’s right. You STILL won’t name your team, much less what conference you think is superior.

    I can at least respect people like BrownsTown. I disagree with him a lot, but he stands behind his team.

    You don’t even have to name your team.

    Which conference is superior to the SEC?

  16. mydixienormus says: Jun 25, 2013 10:11 AM

    You’ve convinced me. The SEC is the best.

    I will now root for Kentucky to win it all this year in Football!!!

    Note: I did mention the Big 12 and the Pac 12 in my reply.

  17. waynefontes says: Jun 25, 2013 10:20 AM

    You convinced me. The Big 12 and the Pac 12 are the best.

    Note: Oh wait, you haven’t. All you’ve done is torn down the SEC.

    Ok, the Big 12 or Pac 12 is better. What do you have to base that on?

    I know a lot of SEC fans on here are very obnoxious (and I guess I’m guilty by association). But how is the Big 12 or Pac 12 better?

    I’m enjoying the conversation. We SEC fans ain’t all be dumb inbreds. And I know many SEC fans can be a little ingratiating.

    But how have I not convinced you the SEC isn’t the best, when I laid out clear, indisputable facts.

    Kentucky is in the SEC for basketball, just like Vandy and Missouri are in the SEC to make us hillbillies look more smarter…. oops, I mean smarter.

  18. jwalker59 says: Jun 25, 2013 1:59 PM

    Really?! This thread has degraded to hatefest between conference goons.

    Back to the issue at hand. The Heisman is an individual award and level of team play is not necessarily a good gauge of individual talent. May I remind you that the two starting quarterbacks from last year’s Super Bowl quarterbacks were from Delaware and Nevada and the first player selected in this year’s NFL draft was from Central Michigan. So, yes, top-level individual talent can be found in non-BCS schools.

  19. dmvtransplant says: Jun 25, 2013 7:44 PM

    Seriously wasn’t the article about a kid from the MAC?

  20. John Taylor says: Jun 25, 2013 8:03 PM


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