Originally written January 01, 2013 on Taking Bad Schotz:
If you know me personally or have read one of my few posts, you know that I have a strange fascination with overlooked players, especially quarterbacks. About a month or so ago, I posted a little article about the five best underrated players. If I remember correctly, the majority of those five players were quarterbacks, and one of which was Jordan Lynch.The following will be a continuation of my so-called “series” on some of the best players that get little to zero pub or credit. Lynch is a 6 foot RS Junior from Mt. Carmel HS in Chicago, Illinois. Sure, he’s no Tim Tebow or Cam Newton in size, but he can run and pass with the best of them. In fact, in his first season as a starting quarterback, Lynch leads the nation in total offensive yards gained and in rushing. (We will get to those numbers in a bit). He is tied for second with a little guy named Johnny Football in points responsible for with 258. It’s obvious that Jordan Lynch can play the game, but it’s also apparent that he can talk some trash as well. In a recent interview with Sporting News, Lynch made a few statements that will surely be posted in Florida State’s locker room at the Orange Bowl. FSU’s players seemed a bit disrespected after reading or hearing Lynch’s comments. What did Lynch say exactly? “They’re fast, they’re physical, but they haven’t seen anything like our offense. We plan on wearing them down. In the fourth quarter, we plan to have them on their knee — and just keep pounding away. They’re just like us. They’re human, too. If you cut them, they bleed.” To me, he seems confident in his abilities and I don’t see the shame in that. I mean… Come on… If you lead most running backs in rushing yards, would you not feel good about yourself? He can say what he wants. To be honest, I think he and the Huskies of Northern Illinois have a good chance to do as he has predicted. I don’t think I have to say it, but I will any way: Florida State is NOT that good. There, I said it. I have seen a good number of games from a good number of teams, including FSU’s games against NC State and Florida and I am not impressed at all. So what are Jordan’s numbers exactly? Lynch has a net total of 1,771 rushing yards, making him the fourth best rushing player in college football. What about his passing numbers? He’s only thrown for another 3,000… No big deal, huh? Sure, he is not the best in the land throwing the ball, but he is not the worst… by far. Okay, okay, so I like my small-school quarterbacks. Sue me! I don’t have a problem with the big guys. In fact, some of my favorite players are from the larger schools. I’ve seen Johnny Football, Tim Tebow, Cam Newton, Peyton Manning (for all you older guys) all play live when they were in college. The only problem I have is when these guys get an hour dedicated to them on an ESPN 30 for 30 while some of the best players of all time get nothing just because they play for a small school. For a quick example, I recently watched the documentary on ESPN entitled, “You Don’t Know Joe.” It was almost two hours worth of homers talking about how good a football and baseball player Bo Jackson was. “Best of all time.” I swear I heard that more than once. Bo Jackson was not the best football player of all time. Heck, he was not the best running back of all time, and HE SURE WAS NOT THE BEST BASEBALL PLAYER OF ALL TIME. Yes, I am ranting. But I want to see a documentary about Walter Peyton and even a player LIKE Lynch. In my mind, Lynch is a MONSTER with the ball in his hand. I would put him up against some of the best QB’s this year and Lynch did not even get to sniff the Heisman. Don’t believe me that he is one of the best QB’s in 2012? Watch him against FSU this week in the Orange Bowl. -Butts
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