NIU's Lynch Not Getting Caught Up in Hype - – Rockford’s News Leader

NIU's Lynch Not Getting Caught Up in Hype


After nearly every practice of preseason camp, Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch is told he has one or more reporters waiting for him, waiting to ask him a variety of questions about himself and the upcoming season. It's only natural the spotlight is constantly on the Huskies' senior leader.

In 2012, Lynch became the first quarterback in NCAA FBS history to rush for more than 1,500 yards and throw for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. He broke 14 NIU program records in all. He finished 7th in the Heisman Trophy voting. With all these accolades already under his belt, you'd think Lynch would be feeling the pressure of living up to all of that in his senior season.

But to him, there's only one way to deal with pressure like that -- ignore it altogether.

"Actually I don't handle it. I feel like I don't deal with it," Lynch said, in reference to the pressure. "I go out there and I play football and after that I'll do an interview and after that I won't even think about it. So I'm more focused on this team and I'm more focused on our first game. Stuff like that is only going to bring our team down so I stay completely away from that and just focus on our team."

Lynch and the Huskies will open their season on Saturday at Iowa. The Hawkeyes were the only team to beat NIU in the regular season, 18-17. That game was also the season opener, held at Soldier Field in Chicago.

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