When Dan LeFevour was the quarterback here a few years ago, he was known by experts as ‘The poor man’s Tim Tebow.’
It’s a term used to describe a player from a mid-major conference and compare him with one of the more nationally known players from the power conferences.
Last year, Johnny Manziel amazed college football fans with 3,706 yards passing, 26 touchdowns, nine interceptions, a completion rating of 68 percent and a 155.3 quarterback rating. He also ran for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns.
His dual-threat capabilities helped guide his Texas A & M team to a win against the eventual champions, Alabama. He also earned the Heisman Trophy in his freshman season, as well as the nickname ‘Johnny Football.’
Another headline at the end of last season was Northern Illinois having the best season in Mid-American Conference history, as it received a bid to play in the BCS Orange Bowl. The Huskies were led by junior quarterback Jordan Lynch.
Lynch, much like Manziel, is a dual-threat quarterback, as he threw for 3,138 yards, 25 touchdowns, six interceptions, with a completion rating of 60.2 percent and a 144.9 quarterback rating. He also ran for 1,815 yards and 19 touchdowns.
CMU football fans, meet ‘Jordan Football’, the poor man’s Johnny Manziel.
Chippewas fans will get know his name rather well this week when the team welcomes No. 23 NIU for homecoming.
Lynch has his Huskies coming in stronger than last year.
NIU hasn’t lost a game (6-0, 2-0 MAC) and have beaten two Big Ten teams (Iowa and Purdue) on the road with a 55-24 beating against the Boilermakers, the biggest beating a Big Ten has ever taken from a MAC team.
Lynch is picking up where he left off last season with 1,333 yards passing, 13 touchdowns, four interceptions, a completion rating of 60.5 percent and a quarterback rating of 135.8 while rushing for 616 yards and four touchdowns.
Manziel’s numbers are still more impressive, with 1,835 yards, 14 touchdowns, five interceptions, a completion rating of 73.2 percent and a 179.5 quarterback rating.
So, what does CMU have to look forward to?
Last year, Lynch threw for 215 yards and a touchdown while running for 144 yards a touchdown in the 55-24 blowout.
Last time he was at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, he was Chandler Harnish’s backup and the Chippewas pulled of their win of the season in 2011 with a 48-41 upset. Lynch was in for one play, a rush of only 3 yards.
Don’t expect the same result this time around.
Lynch might be the poor man’s Johnny Football, but he’s the best player in the MAC.