Football: Writing Illini’s NCAA Offensive Player of the Year

Just like many awards this season in the NCAA, there is not just one choice. The same could be said with NCAA Offensive Player of the Year.

Johnny “Football” Manziel did win the Heisman Trophy, but he is not my NCAA Offensive Player of the Year.

My pick would have to be Northern Illinois’ quarterback, Jordan Lynch.

Nov 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch (6) runs with the ball in the third quarter of the 2012 MAC Championship against the Kent State Golden Flashes at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, NIU is not a major-conference team and they might not be playing for the national championship, but they are playing in a BCS bowl game in 2013.

Lynch and the Huskies were only two points away from an undefeated season (lost their first game to Iowa 18-17). Although, Lynch was a huge part of their 12-1 season.

Lynch has throw for 2,962 yards this season. He threw 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions, but that was not all. Lynch also ran for 1,771 yards in 2012 which was the most in the MAC and third in the FBS. On top of his 24 passing touchdowns, Lynch also ran in for 19 touchdowns with his feet.

I look at the NCAA Offensive Player of the Year much like an NCAA Offensive MVP. With that being said, it is hard to say that Jordan Lynch is not the most valuable to his team.

Many might wonder how Jordan Lynch could be Offensive Player of the Year and not Johnny Manziel. In my eyes, Manziel only had one memorable game and that was his win over Alabama. On the other hand, Lynch had an entire season of great games.

If you take Jordan Lynch away from NIU, they are not 12-1 and not in a BCS bowl game this season.

Make sure to follow me on Twitter @RickyWidmer.

Topics: Football, Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois Huskies, Offensive Player Of The Year

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