Aug. 2, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch continues to garner preseason attention as he was named to the 2013 Manning Award Watch List on Friday.
Created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, the Manning Award honors the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. The Watch List candidates was selected in conjunction with the release of ESPN's new Total Quarterback Rating (QBR) - the top 30 returning quarterbacks according to QBR make up the Watch List.
Total QBR measures a quarterback's contributions to scoring on each play (passing, rushing, sacks, fumbles and penalties) accounting for game context (down, distance, yard line, time remaining and score) and adjusted for opponent strength. It is based on a 0-100 scale and 50 is average. Lynch ranks 12th of the 30 quarterbacks on the list with a 74.7 QBR.
The Manning Award is the fifth preseason watch list on which Lynch's name has appeared. Lynch has been on the lists released by the Walter Camp Award (most outstanding player), Maxwell Award (college player of the year), the Paul Hornung Award (most versatile player and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (top quarterback).
The only quarterback from the Mid-American Conference to earn a spot on the Manning Award Watch List, Lynch earned second team All-America honors from the Associated Press and Phil Steele's Magazine last season and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award as MAC MVP. He led the Huskies to a 12-game winning streak, including a double overtime win over Kent State, and a berth in the 2013 Orange Bowl.
Last season, the Chicago native ranked fourth in the nation in rushing and had more 100-yard games (12) than any other player in Division I. Lynch became the first Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in NCAA history to pass for more than 3,000 yards (3,138) and rush for more than 1,500 yards (1,815) in a single season. He broke 14 NIU school records and four NCAA marks a year ago.
The Mt. Carmel High School product is one of four Huskie players named to seven national watch lists so far this season. NIU wide receiver/kick returner Tommylee Lewis
joins Lynch on the Paul Hornung Award Watch List, while safety Jimmie Ward
earned a spot on the Jim Thorpe Award (best defensive back) preseason list and kicker Mathew Sims
is on the Lou Groza Award radar.
NIU has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for Lynch for 2013 centered around the theme, Jordan Lynch for 6," including a website, www.JordanLynchfor6.com, Facebook page, Jordan Lynch for 6 and Twitter account, @LynchFor6. Lynch finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting last year.
Season and single game tickets for Northern Illinois' 2013 home schedule are on sale now. The new Huskieland Plan, which includes a ticket to all five home games (sections A and G) and $50 in Doggie Dollars good for parking and/or concessions, is just $50. All remaining season ticket locations for the 2013 Huskie Stadium home slate are just $100 while NIU Alumni Association members, senior citizens (62+), youth (3-13), NIU Varsity Club (former letterwinners) members and faculty and staff can see every game for just $88.
Single game tickets are priced at just $15 for seating in the upper rows of sections A and G in Huskie Stadium, while seats in sections B, F and lower A and G are $24 for the general public and $18 for senior citizens (ages 62 and over) and youth (ages 3-13). Seats in section C, D and E, as well as seats on the East Side, are priced at $30 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth. Tickets are available by calling NIU Athletics at 815-753-PACK (7225), or go online to www.NIUHuskies.com/tickets for complete information and order forms.