Is The Country’s Best College Football Player At … NIU?

Saturday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Forget Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge? Never mind Eugene and Gainesville? And don’t bother searching Columbus or South Bend?

Perhaps. Because, if you’re looking for the best college football player in the country, you might not need to look very far. He could be in DeKalb.


“I have to cackle a little,” my good friend and former colleague Mike Murphy of The Times in Ottawa, Ill., emailed on Thursday. “All the MAC schools breathed a little after [former Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler] Harnish graduated. Then they look at [current NIU QB Jordan] Lynch and say, “Oh (expletive).”

Along with an “Oh wow,” or three.

An NIU alum and longtime season ticket holder, Murphy knows more about Huskies football than anyone. So when I heard this week that Northern Illinois is organizing a Heisman Trophy campaign for its prolific quarterback, I asked the expert, “Is Jordan Lynch the best college football player in the country?

“Maybe,” Murphy responded. “He may have the best stats.”

It’s difficult to argue against that. Currently, the six-foot, 216-pound redshirt junior from Mount Carmel leads the nation in total offense (3,169 yards) and total touchdowns (32) and is No. 2 nationally in rushing (1,185 yards).

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