Sep 4, 2013
DEKALB, Ill. - Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch added his name to a seventh award list as he was named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
The only player from the Mid-American Conference on the list, Lynch is also one seven quarterbacks to be a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Lynch picked up MAC West Offensive Player of the Week accolades earlier this week following his performance in NIU's 30-27 win at Iowa in the 2013 season opener. He completed 25-of-41 passes for 275 yards and three touchdowns, ran for 56 yards on 22 carries to total 331 yards of offense on 63 plays. The Mt. Carmel product tied his career highs for both completions (25 vs. Toledo, 11-14-12) and attempts (vs. Florida State, Orange Bowl, 1-1-13). Lynch's 275 passing yards marked the third-highest total of his career.
He threw touchdown passes of 40 and 21 yards to Tommylee Lewis in the first half and led the Huskies on a game-tying touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. On that drive, he completed all five of his pass attempts for 84 yards, including the 33-yard touchdown to Da'Ron Brown with 5:05 to play.
In his first season as the starting quarterback, Lynch turned in a record-setting year leading NIU to a 12-2 record, its second-straight Mid-American Conference title and a berth in the Discover Orange Bowl, the first BCS berth for a MAC school. Jordan is just as active off the field as he is on it. Tallying 22 community service hours a year, he participates in multiple community serve efforts throughout the area working with various groups.
A leader on and off the field, Lynch, a native of Chicago, has been very active in the DeKalb-Sycamore Community working with young and old alike. He visits area elementary and middle schools, playing games with the children and reading books to them. He also shares his love and passion for football with local children by running football camps in the surrounding area. He and his teammates played bingo one night a week at a local senior center. He was also a celebrity judge for Relay For Life's Chili Cook off during the spring and this past summer, Lynch and some off his teammates took part in "Tuesdays on the Town" in nearby Sycamore.
After earning his degree in kinesiology and exercise science this summer, Lynch is pursuing a second degree in organizational and corporate communications. He achieved Huskie Scholar status (3.0-3.49) within NIU's Academic Excellence program during the 2012-13 academic year.
Lynch was also named to the watch lists released by the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Manning Award (top quarterback including bowl performance), 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).
NIU returns to action Saturday, Sept. 14 when the Huskies travel to Moscow, Idaho to face Idaho. The Huskies' home opener against Eastern Illinois is set for Sept. 21st. 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 just $30 for the general public and $20 for senior citizens and youth. Season and single game tickets for the five-game home schedule can be purchased through the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, online via Ticketmaster and NIUHuskies.com and on the phone by calling 815-753-PACK (7225).