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Jordan Lynch

Jordan Lynch
No. 5     Edmonton Eskimos
Lynch at Bears training camp in 2014
Date of birth (1990-10-03) October 3, 1990
Place of birth Chicago, Illinois
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) QB
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg)
College Northern Illinois
High school Mt. Carmel (IL)
Hand Right
Career history
As player
2014 Chicago Bears*
2015–present Edmonton Eskimos
*Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week
  • AT&T ESPN All-America Player of the Week[1]
  • 2× Vern Smith Leadership Award (MAC MVP)
  • Heisman Trophy Finalist (2013)[2]
  • Second Team AP All-American, All Purpose (2012)
  • First Team AP All-American, All Purpose (2013)
Career stats
  • Playing stats at

Jordan Lynch (born October 3, 1990) is an American football quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. He previously played college football at Northern Illinois.


  • High school career 1
  • College career 2
    • College stats 2.1
    • NCAA records 2.2
  • Professional career 3
    • Chicago Bears 3.1
    • Edmonton Eskimos 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5

High school career

After graduating from St. Christina Elementary School in the Mt. Greenwood area of Chicago, Lynch attended Mt. Carmel High School and graduated in 2009. He played varsity for three years under coach Frank Lenti. He started two of those three years.

College career

Lynch was redshirted in 2009. He was the backup quarterback to Chandler Harnish in 2010 and 2011. During those two years he completed 19 of 26 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 608 yards on 76 carries with six touchdowns.

In 2012, he became a starter.[3] During the 2012 marathon MAC Championship Game, Lynch increased his rushing stats to 1,771 yards on 271 carries, breaking the previous NCAA record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback set by Denard Robinson.[4] He finished the season with 1,815 yards. Lynch finished 7th in Heisman Voting at the end of 2012,[5] and won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, which is awarded to the best player in the Mid-American Conference.

On October 19, 2013, Lynch broke the record for the most rushing yards by a quarterback in one game, finishing with 316 yards and three touchdowns, en route to winning the Walter Camp National Player of the Week.[6] On October 26 against Eastern Michigan, Lynch was responsible for six total touchdowns, throwing four, running for one, and catching a touchdown, gaining 339 total yards. On November 26, 2013, in Dekalb, Illinois, Lynch broke the single-game quarterback rushing yards record again, rushing for 321 yards versus the Western Michigan University Broncos. On December 9, 2013, Lynch was announced as a finalist for the 2013 Heisman Trophy.[2] He finished third in the voting that was announced on December 14, 2013. On December 17, Lynch was selected as a first team All-American.[7] He finished the season with 1,920 rushing yards, which broke his record from the previous season.

College stats

Year Team Pass Attempts Pass Completions Completion % Pass Yards Pass TDs INT Rush Attempts Rush Yards Rush Avg Rush TDs
2010 Northern Illinois 6 4 66.7% 13 1 0 31 362 11.7 3
2011 Northern Illinois 20 15 75.0% 166 1 0 45 246 5.5 3
2012 Northern Illinois 394 237 60.2% 3,138 25 6 294 1,815 6.2 19
2013 Northern Illinois 404 253 62.6% 2,892 24 8 292 1,920 6.6 23
College Totals 824 509 61.3% 6,209 51 14 662 4,343 6.6 48

NCAA records

  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a season: 1,920 (2013)
  • Most rushing yards by a quarterback in a single game: 321 (November 26, 2013 vs. Western Michigan)
  • Most 100-yard rushing games by a quarterback in a season: 12 (2012)
  • Most rushing yards per game by a quarterback in a season: 137.1 (2013)

Professional career

Chicago Bears

Lynch was eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, but was not drafted. The Chicago Bears signed him to a contract as a running back shortly after the draft concluded.[8] The Bears released Lynch on August 29, 2014.[9]

Edmonton Eskimos

On January 14, 2015, Lynch signed with the Edmonton Eskimos with the intent on competing for the quarterback position.[10]

Lynch scored his first CFL touchdown against the Ottawa RedBlacks on Thursday, July 9.


  1. ^ "This Season's Weekly Winners". NCAA. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Tom Fornelli (December 9, 2013). "Six finalists announced for 2013 Heisman Trophy". CBS Interactive. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Steve Nitz (August 30, 2012). "The Jordan Lynch era is off and running at NIU". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  4. ^ "NIU PREVAILS IN DOUBLE OVERTIME FOR SECOND STRAIGHT MAC TITLE". Northern Illinois University. November 30, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Heisman Trophy 2012: Voting results". December 8, 2012. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch and Florida State’s Lamarcus Joyner are Walter Camp Players of the Week". Walter Camp Foundation. October 20, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Three repeat as AP All-Americans". ESPN Internet Ventures. December 17, 2013. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  8. ^ Adam J. Jahns (May 11, 2014). "Bears sign 9 undrafted rookie free agents, including RB Jordan Lynch, LB Christian Jones". Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved July 16, 2014. 
  9. ^ Bears release Lynch, four others
  10. ^ Jordan Lynch signs with CFL's Edmonton Eskimos

External links

  • Edmonton Eskimos bio
  • Chicago Bears bio
  • Northern Illinois Huskies football bio
  • Jordan Lynch Heisman campaign website
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