Lynch (Chicago/Mount Carmel High School) is the highest finisher of the Mid-American Conference for the Heisman.
Quarterback Jameis Winston of Florida State University won the Heisman and placing second was University of Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron.
“I came here to win, so I’m kind of disappointed,” Lynch said. “But a top three finish and the best finish in MAC history is a great accomplishment with all the great players who have come through the conference. It’s been a great experience spending time with my family and my girlfriend out here, seeing New York City, spending time with the other finalists, and meeting the former winners.”
As one fan told the NIU Alumni Association recently, it’s all the successes of the season that mean the most.
Lynch’s accomplishments include winning the MAC Offensive Player of the Year and the Vern Smith Leadership Award for two consecutive years.
Leading his team to a 12-0 start and a 24-3 record in two seasons as the Huskies’ starter, he finished the regular season with 4,557 yards of total offense and 45 total touchdowns. He ranks fourth nationally in total offense (350.5 yards per game) and second in rushing yards (1,881).
With a 12-1 season after a loss in the MAC Football Championship, the Huskies will play in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against Utah State University on December 26.
The team has a chance to become the first in NIU football history to win 13 games in a season. Lynch needs 119 rushing yards to become the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to rush for 2,000 yards and pass for 2,000 yards in a season.