How Northern Illinois Will Move On from Jordan Lynch
That was no more evident than in the MAC Championship Game when the Bowling Green Falcons took Lynch out of the game and the Huskies looked lost on offense. It will be hard to replace a person who has the heart and soul of not only an offense but a team.
The offense that the Huskies ran fit Lynch's game perfectly so he could make any type of play he wanted whether it was with his feet or his arm. Replacing him may be harder than many think because not only may it come with an inexperienced quarterback it may come with a change in the offensive playbook.
No other quarterback played half the amount of games that Lynch played; redshirt freshman Drew Hare and redshirt sophomore Matt McIntosh saw sporadic playing time. Hare played in three games and went 5-for-9 with two touchdowns, while McIntosh played in five games but only threw two passes -- both of which went for scores.
Along with losing Lynch, they will lose senior offensive linemen in Jared Volk and Matt Krempel, and neither missed more than one game last season. The line will not suffer too much, but it will hurt to not have a guy you can depend on like Volk holding down the left side of the line.
NIU will not have much experience with whichever quarterback it chooses, but will have its second-leading rusher in Camer Stingily as well as its two leading receivers in Tommylee Lewis and Da'Ron Brown.
Whichever quarterback starts for the Huskies next fall will have big shoes to fill, but will have the weapons to help him be successful. Stingily, Lewis and Brown are all poised for All-MAC seasons.
They will need to play to their weapons and keep the quarterback from making any mistakes in crucial situations. I don't expect another undefeated season for the Huskies, but they could be back in the MAC championship and in another bowl game if their quarterback manages the game correctly.
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