With just a week left in the season, Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o have nearly locked up the number one and two spots respectively in the Heisman race. It would take an unworldly performance this week by Kansas State QB Collin Klein to overtake Te'o and Manziel.
Some Heisman statements could be made during championship week, but other than the top two, most contenders are too far out to win the Trophy. However, they can still sway voters to get enough votes for a trip to New York.
Northern Illinois has been promoting QB Jordan Lynch strongly, but he is still lacking the national recognition needed for a Heisman Finalist. Lynch has one more big game before the Bowl season, Friday night in the MAC Championship against Kent State on ESPN. Both MAC teams are ranked in the BCS Top 25.
A reporter spoke with Coach Dave Doeren about if Lynch was in any other conference then there would be Heisman talk about him. Doeren bounced back with, "We are talking Heisman. We have been for a while."
The NIU coach has been very supportive of his star QB and even wrote a letter earlier this week to Heisman voters.
Northern Illinois Coach Dave Doeren & Jordan Lynch talk Heisman.
Johnny Manziel finally speaks to the media.
Coach Doeren's Letter to Heisman Voters:
I wanted to personally write to you regarding my QB Jordan Lynch. I know many of you have his stats and have followed his season. In my 17 years of coaching college football I have never seen a tougher, multi-skilled, consistently productive quarterback than Jordan. In 12 games he has rushed for 1611 yds, 16 TD's, 134.2 yards/game and passed for 2750 yds, 23 TD's and only 4 INT's with a QB rating of 157.3. Please understand that many of the second halves this season we were up and didn't play him in the 4th Q. His stats could be even more over the top. His game management skills and clutch decision making also sets him apart.
He is the first player in FBS history to pass for more than 400 yards and rush for more than 150 in a game (vs Toledo, 11/14/12). He is the second player to ever pass for more than 2,500 yards and run for more than 1,500 yards in a season. Jordan holds the NCAA record for most consecutive 100 yard rushing games by a quarterback (10 straight). He needs 92 yards to break the NCAA record for Rushing yards by a QB in a season.
He is a blue collar winner that truly loves and respects the game of football. His relentless energy and passion for competition and winning is inspirational and contagious. I love to see him practice and play -- he is worthy of any and all consideration he gets for the Heisman Trophy. As an award that represents the best - he is purely that! I know that there are many deserving candidates out there. I just wanted you to know from a coaches perspective how special Jordan Lynch is. This is what college football players should inspire to be like -- he is tough, loyal, competitive, fierce, poised, accountable, and productive!
Thanks for your time and consideration.
Combined Poll Results
1. QB Johnny Manziel Texas A&M 185 (40)
2. LB Manti Te'o Notre Dame 153 (18)
3. QB Collin Klein Kansas State 74 (3)
4. QB Braxton Miller Ohio State 43 (1)
5. WR Marqise Lee USC 27 (1)
6. RB Kenjon Barner Oregon 6
7. WR Tavon Austin West Virginia 6
8. RB Ka'Deem Carey Arizona 4
9. QB Jordan Lynch Northern Illinois 4
10. RB Stepfan Taylor Stanford 3
11. QB AJ McCarron Alabama 1
12. QB Aaron Murray Georgia 1
13. LB Jarvis Jones Georgia 1
14. DE Jadeveon Clowney South Carolina 1
15. QB Geno Smith West Virginia 1
Number one votes in parentheses.
Last remaining Heisman statements to be made:
21 Northern Illinois vs 17 Kent State
16 UCLA at 8 Stanford
AJ McCarron, Jarvis Jones & Aaron Murray
2 Alabama vs 3 Georgia
18 Texas at 6 Kansas State
*Listed are any players ranked in the combined poll results and games they are playing this week.