The kid had talent and his high school coach knew it. And it helped that Frank Lenti has a resume that now includes 10 state football titles in Illinois.
So when Lenti talked to then Northern Illinois coach Jerry Kill about the Mount Carmel quarterback, it wasnt a struggle for Lenti to sell Jordan Lynch.
When he asked me about him, I said, 'Coach, I can promise you one thing: No one in your program will ever outwork Jordan Lynch, Lenti told Kill. When he steps out on the field, the leadership level rises dramatically.
Lynch, a redshirt junior, has led Northern Illinois to 12 straight wins after a season-opening loss to Iowa. And he has been a dynamic player on offense, leading the nation in total yards (4,733) and rushing yards (1,711). His single-season rushing total is the most by a quarterback in Football Bowl Subdivision history surpassing Michigans Denard Robinson, who had 1,702 yards in 2010.
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