While most of you were preparing your Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday shopping, the 23-year-old senior and Heisman candidate tallied his 8th career 150-yard rushing/150-yard passing day at Toledo, became the 9th FBS player in NCAA history with 40 rushing and 40 passing touchdowns in his career, and is responsible for 95 career touchdowns (and counting).
Born and raised in Chicago, Lynch began his football career at Mt. Carmel High School on varsity for three years, starting the latter two.
While many schools recruited Lynch, Northern Illinois was the only school that thought Lynch could be a Division I-A quarterback.
The Huskies redshirted Lynch in 2009, and he played backup in the 2010 and 2011 seasons. During those two years, he completed 19 of 26 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 608 yards on 76 carries with six touchdowns. He also helped lead his team to the 2010 Humanitarian Bowl and the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl.
The 6’0”, 216 lbs Lynch started at quarterback in 2012 and completed 162 of 258 passes for 2,175 yards with 19 touchdowns and three interceptions in the first 10 games of the season. He was also the nation’s leader in rushing yards with 1,342 yards on 185 carries with 16 touchdowns.
During the 2012 Marathon Mid-American Conference Championship game, Lynch increased his rushing stats to 1,771 yards on 271 carries, breaking the NCAA record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback, previously set by former Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson.
Lynch finished 7th in Heisman voting at the end of the year, and was awarded MVP of the Mid-American Conference. He also helped lead his team to the 2013 Orange Bowl.
This season, he’s 212-329 in attempts-completions, thrown for 2,457 yards and 22 touchdowns. He’s also ranked third in ESPN’s College Football NCAA Division I-A Player Rushing Statistics with 248 attempts, 1, 755 yards, and 20 touchdowns.
In addition, Lynch broke the record for most rushing yards by a quarterback in one game with 316 yards and three touchdowns, winning the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week.
Did we mention he’s also undefeated in the regular season?
And he’s not just about football: he’s majoring in kinesiology and exercise science.
As we mentioned, he’s on the verge for his second Heisman candidacy. This time, he’s enlisted social media for his campaign—Lynch’s fan page, Jordan Lynch for 6, details the quarterback’s statistics and random facts, while the @Lynchfor6 Twitter handle already has 1,400 followers and his Jordan Lynch For 6 Facebook Fan page has 4,458 likes.
Who wants to do karate in the garage?
— Jordan Lynch (@Jordanlynch06) February 28, 2013
As Lynch’s Twitter bio says, he’s “just an ordinary kid trying to do extraordinary things”. He has an English bulldog named Tillman, named in honor of former Arizona Cardinal Pat Tillman, has an amazing sense of humor (a star HAM quality) and even starred in his own YouTube series, “Lunch With Lynch”.