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Jordan Lynch moves into second in USA Today Heisman Poll

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Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has surged into second place behind Florida State’s Jameis Winston in the latest USA Today Heisman Survey released on Monday.

Winston was ranked first on 22 ballots and was left off of three to finish with 68 points. Lynch had 30 points and three first-place votes while AJ McCarron of Alabama had 20 points and one first-place vote.

In the BCS era, no player from a non-automatic qualifying conference has won the Heisman trophy, but it looks like Lynch has a great shot to make it to New York as a finalist.

Meanwhile, the race remains in a bit of limbo as Winston remains under investigation for an alleged sexual assault battery incident Dec. 7, 2012, though no charges have been filed as of yet.

Breaking down the ballots (three points are awarded for a first-place vote, two for second and one for third):

1. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State: 22-1-0 = 68

2. QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois: 3-7-7 = 30

3. QB AJ McCarron, Alabama: 1-5-7 = 20

4. QB Braxton Miller, Ohio State: 0-3-6 = 12

5. RB Andre Williams, Boston College: 0-3-2 = 8

6. QB Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M: 0-3-0 = 6

7. (tie) QB Marcus Mariota, Oregon: 0-1-2 = 4

7. (tie) QB Bryce Petty, Baylor: 0-2-0 = 4

9. QB Derek Carr, Fresno State: 0-1-0 = 2

10. (tie) RB Tre Mason, Auburn: 0-0-1 = 1

10. (tie) RB Ka’Deem Carey, Arizona: 0-0-1 = 1

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22 Responses to “Jordan Lynch moves into second in USA Today Heisman Poll”
  1. jhagman99 says: Dec 2, 2013 9:53 PM

    Jameis and other candidates from big schools get knocked down for supposedly padding stats against inferior teams.

    Jordan Lynch does it and he’s suddenly getting the “Oh God, please please anyone but Winston!!” anointing. Makes sense.

  2. bballnut50 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:12 PM

    Give it to Lynch! He deserves it!! Talent and character should matter!! That means even being under suspicion should carry weight…

  3. jimmy53 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:16 PM

    What a joke!

    I don’t know what’s worse..

    – A player that was anointed because of a performance where he went 5-17 passing against a 1-11 team–(folks, he had to run for 300 yards because he can’t throw–just watch last year’s FSU game).

    – OR people punishing a player when he HAS NOT been charged with anything. Nice to know that in football you can now be found guilty before you’ve even been charged with a crime.

  4. vikingapologist says: Dec 2, 2013 10:24 PM

    Jimmy, I’m a golden gopher fan, so I have zero emotional ties to the voting, but, you nailed it. 5-17 for 39 yards against a 1-11 team???? Please, maybe he is the next Tim Tebow, exceptional RB/QB, “winner” , but those are some pretty shotty numbers for a potential Heisman candidate!
    As far as Winston??? Please, Reliable media Sources have reported this “alleged” rape victim has all but admitted , she is a jealous nutball that was trying to get him into trouble and they had an ongoing sexual relationship! Move on!

  5. jhagman99 says: Dec 2, 2013 10:26 PM

    “Talent and character should matter!! That means even being under suspicion should carry weight…”

    I suspect you of being an imbecile. There go your posting rights. Hey, this is fun!

  6. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Dec 2, 2013 11:31 PM

    We live near NIU and I’ve watched several of the games. If you’ve watched any teams from the MAC conference you’ll know that the play is far slower than any other FBS conference.

    Is Lynch a worthy Heisman candidate? Sure. If he wins will that boost his NFL draft stock? Nah. It’ll just make a good storyline for us Flatlander’s.

    I wish Jordan the best of luck. Go Huskies!

  7. sfsugator says: Dec 3, 2013 1:18 AM

    Why does the heisman only go to quarterbacks or an offensive player?? Should just rename it to offensive MVP. Lame

  8. mrsmell says: Dec 3, 2013 8:54 AM

    Lynch deserves this title. He is the best player in CFB today by basically carrying his team on his shoulders every week. He also needs all the help he can get to go into the NFL.

  9. bballnut50 says: Dec 3, 2013 8:59 AM

    jhagman99-can you say “toothless wonder”? I doubt it, but it sure would describe you jackass!

  10. tmac4454 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:19 AM

    mrsmell says:Dec 3, 2013 8:54 AM

    Lynch deserves this title. He is the best player in CFB today by basically carrying his team on his shoulders every week. He also needs all the help he can get to go into the NFL.

    You must be on drugs!!! FSU lit him up last year in the Bowl game. Now he may seem worthy in the MAC but when it comes to playing against SEC/ACC he is just another player. All the candidates who were in the runnings, just did not hold up to Winston so I guess they are just looking for someone to fill a seat. Winston is in a class of his own…

  11. lbroberts123 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:03 AM

    It’s about time Tre Mason made the list! Too bad he is so far down to get any real consideration.

  12. mrsmell says: Dec 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Tmac

    Clearly you dont watch all that college football offers. Yes, big conferences offer better games, but the Heisman is for the best CFB player. Winston is good, but has WRs, a Defense, and RBs that show up every week. Lynch comes into each game knowing its on him. You should watch sometimes, its slower, but overall just as exciting.

  13. cobibones13 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:34 AM

    Lynch is a joke of a Heisman candidate. He wouldn’t be a top 100 player in any of the 5 top conferences. If he was on 1 of the weaker ACC teams he’d be struggling to win a starting job at QB.

    The Winston Haters are starting to look ridiculous now.

  14. cobibones13 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:58 AM

    mrsmell says: Dec 3, 2013 10:42 AM

    Tmac

    Clearly you dont watch all that college football offers. Yes, big conferences offer better games, but the Heisman is for the best CFB player. Winston is good, but has WRs, a Defense, and RBs that show up every week. Lynch comes into each game knowing its on him. You should watch sometimes, its slower, but overall just as exciting.

    ———————

    When all you have to do is pad your stats against directional Michigan teams it shouldn’t be that hard. When he played FSU last year he had less than 2 yards a carry on 23 carries. He’s a very good player in MAC, a mediocre player in general.

    Winston is not good, he is great. He broke the FSU passing TDs record with 2 games to spare, he has 3 WRs on pace for 1,000 yard seasons. All those WRs were playing last year and none of them were anywhere close to those numbers.

    He has FSU on pace to break the record for points in a season for an FBS team, and he’s done all of this without playing much in the 4th quarter. He’s even sat out a lot of time in the 3rd quarters of games.

  15. oldforester says: Dec 3, 2013 12:35 PM

    What is missing in this discussion is a better, more refined definition of what this award is supposed to be.

    It seems that the Heisman Trust remains mute in this discussion. Those that run the Heisman Trust has allowed fan bases, PR campaigns, media, and universities to define what / who should be awarded the trophy.

    Can someone from the Heisman Trust get in front of the media before the vote and define/refine exactly what this award represents or should not represent. Otherwise it has literally lost its meaning, when everyone defines it in terms of his or her candidate. SPEAK UP HEISMAN TRUST!!!

    Here is the first two sentences from their mission statement (for what it is worth)

    “The Heisman Memorial Trophy annually recognizes the outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.”

    http://www.heisman.com/trust/mission_statement.php

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 12:37 PM

    Jordan Lynch is essentially a Wildcat QB… And he’s played for the second straight year, the easiest schedule in FBS.

    If Timmy Chang and Case Keenum can’t win a Heisman… then neither can this guy… I mean Derek Carr has better numbers and played arguably a tougher schedule (not much tougher albeit). But Carr leads the nation in passing yds, total offense, and points responsible for…

    Aaron Donald should be getting some votes at least… he’s been a beast at Pitt.

  17. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2013 12:50 PM

    Every single Heisman trophy QB since the early 90s has been an outright bust or just average in the NFL. Clearly they’re not the best player in college or even the best players on their teams. They are surrounded by superior talent and/ or operate in gimmick offenses.

    Since 2000:
    2000
    Chris Weinke
    Florida State

    2001
    Eric Crouch
    Nebraska

    2002
    Carson Palmer
    USC

    2003
    Jason White
    Oklahoma

    2004
    Matt Leinart
    USC

    2006
    Troy Smith
    Ohio State

    2007
    Tim Tebow
    Florida

    2008
    Sam Bradford
    Oklahoma

    2010
    Cam Newton
    Auburn

    2011
    Robert Griffin III
    Baylor

  18. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 1:06 PM

    @granadafan

    That’s because we place FAR too much emphasis on W/L record for this award.

    This is a team sport and QBs and RBs don’t play defense (unless you’re Myles Jack), thus can only affect one side of the score line.

    Now I’m not stumping for Derek Carr here but this is a good example. He has better numbers than Jordan Lynch, but Fresno St. lost a game and N. Illinois didn’t…. in that loss Carr threw for 519 and 6 TDs but his defense gave up 62…. does that mean Derek Carr is not as good as a QB… I’m not sure what else he as a player and a QB could have done…. Derek Carr will get drafted MUCH higher than Jordan Lynch, so obviously people who get paid to know how god a player will be at the next level think he’s the better player.

    Most NFL scouts have Bridgewater as the #1 QB, but he lost 1 game… does that mean that Lynch is better than him?

  19. millsbill says: Dec 3, 2013 3:50 PM

    Lynch would be a good choice for HT. He meets all the criteria of the Trust and is a record setting QB. In this era of football it does not matter how the yards are gained but that are gained and your team wins because of it. The award is for this year and using his performance in last years bowl game is not fair. His performance in a another BCS bowl against stiff competition is yet to happen. I am not saying he should win it but rather he should not be discounted because he meets all the criteria set forth by the Trust.

  20. niu32 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:01 PM

    The hate for Jordan Lynch is comedy. All the kid does is win, PERIOD. As far as the 5 of 11 passing performance, it was 5 degrees out in snow with 30 mile per hour winds (perfect passing conditions), and yes he ran for 321 yds w 8 men stacked in the box all night. Lynch put up more yards himself vs Western Michigan than Michigan State’s entire offense did earlier in the year. He also threw the ball all over Iowa who’s an 8-4 BIG10 team, only NIU and Ohio State put up more than 30 on them all season.
    It’s funny too that putting up these numbers vs MAC teams (or should I say high school teams) is sooo easy, yet nobody else has ever done it game in a game out like Lynch has done for 2 straight years. Lastly, the Florida St argument. NOBODY has played Florida State better than NIU in 2013. It was a 7 point game going into the 4th quarter and it got away at the end. Florida State crushes Clemson by 37 at Clemson but they are still a top 10 team??? Florida State is nasty, their entire team is made up of blue chip recruits and half their D went to the NFL last year. Lynch definitely did not have his best game and I hope he he a chance to redeem himself, but I think its also easy for people to forget that Lynch also all 2 star guys blocking and catching for him going against bigger, stronger, faster guys yet they are stil holding their own. What would he do behind Bama’s line with their WRs? He would absolutely have just as much success if he were quarterbacking a SEC team. I personally dont care, because NIU has all hard working kids with chips on their shoulders just like Lynch, and again all they do is win the games on their schedule. Sad to see the kid get so much hate for doing everything right. Hope he wins it so everybody can cry about it

  21. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2013 5:41 PM

    @niu32

    “but I think its also easy for people to forget that Lynch also all 2 star guys blocking and catching for him”
    ______________________________

    Apparently it’s easy for you to forget that he’s playing against 2 star guys too…

    I’m not “hating” on him… I’m just pointing out that he’s not the best player in the country…

    You’re bragging that he put up more yards than Mich St. did against W. Mich…. W. Mich has the 118th rated Rush D in FBS…. and Mich. St has the 82nd ranked offense…. Not exactly impressive.

    And as much as you don’t want to admit it… that NIU offense that had crushed the MAC… got utterly shut down against a BCS caliber defense…. 176 passing yds and 83 rushing yds and 10 pts… 3.5 yds per play (which I believe was 1/2 NIU’s season avg.) opposed to the 7.1 that FSU put up….

    Again, Timmy Chang and Colt Brennan and Case Keenum all put up eye popping numbers against second tier competition and none got closer than 3rd…

    Not hate… just facts…

  22. niu32 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:52 PM

    Florida State wasn’t ‘just a BCS caliber Defense’ i believe they were the #1 or 2 ranked D in the entire NCAA last year. This year as well, they have shut down everybody, not just NIU and Lynch. That was my point about the 2 star guys around him vs an entire team of blue chips (would he have had the same results vs FSU with Bama’s line and WRs on the outside? who knows) The size difference when it came to the lines were insane! It’s hard to say Iowa isn’t a BCS caliber defense and he threw for 275, 3 TDs and ran for 56.

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