Heisman Candidate Jordan Lynch mistaken for coach by MAC Journalist



I guess starting at quarterback in the Orange Bowl and finishing 7th in Heisman Trophy voting still doesn’t make you recognizable upon sight…even among the specific media who cover your exact conference.

Or it’s just one member of the MAC media corps who is pretty bad at his job. At Mid American Conference Media Day, the reporter in question thought Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch was actually his coach, Rod Carey.

And the funny part is Jordan Lynch played along for awhile.

“I tried to have fun with it. The day was kind of dragging on and getting long and he thought I was Coach Carey, so I went along with it, but I couldn’t answer some of those questions, so I told him, I’m a player here,” Lynch said.

So what did the media member say upon realizing he misidentified the most visible player in the conference.

“He said I had that special glow about me,” Lynch said. “Cuz of the hairline or something like that.”

This is Jordan Lynch:

jordan lynch-niu-football

And this is NIU football coach Rod Carey:


TAKE NOTE #MACtion reporter! Dude step your game up.

“He was all fired up about it,” Coach Carey said.

“He’s way better looking than me, so I don’t know how that happened. I wasn’t there. Jordan told me about it, we laughed about it.”

It’s just so surprising to me as Jordan Lynch was second nationally to Johnny Manziel in total offense. Both men topped the 4,900 yardage mark. Jordan Lynch was named to a bunch of QB and best overall college football player award watch lists, so it makes sense that NIU is marketing him as a Heisman Trophy candidate. And using a unique piece of swag to do it.

“We do a thing during the season called Lunch with Lynch so it kind of fits in with it.” Among returning college football players in 2013, only four (Manziel, Marqis Lee, Braxton Miller and Jadeveon Clowney) received more Heisman votes than Lynch.

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