Jordan Lynch was born in Chicago, Illinois on October 3, 1990. A running back for the Chicago Bears, he spent his college years with the Northern Illinois Huskies, where he operated as a quarterback and broke numerous NCAA records.
Lynch graduated from Mt. Carmel High School in 2009, having led the team to two Class 8A semi final appearances. As a senior, he completed 75 of his 125 pass attempts, throwing for 1,221 yards and 16 touchdowns. Meanwhile, he registered 848 rushing yards and 15 rushing touchdowns off 141 carries. A two-time All-Conference selection, he opted to attend Northern Illinois University.
After being redshirted as a true freshman in 2009, Lynch went on to spend two seasons serving as backup to the Huskies' starting quarterback, Chandler Harnish, in 2010 and 2011. He saw action in nine games in 2010 and 13 games in 2011, throwing for a combined total of 179 yards and two touchdowns and rushing for 608 yards and six touchdowns. During a game against Buffalo in the 2010 season, his 90 yard rush set a new franchise record for the longest rush by a quarterback.
Prior to the 2012 season, Lynch was named as the team's first choice quarterback and he went on to enjoy a record-setting year. His total of 1,815 rushing yards set a new NCAA record for a quarterback in a single season and Lynch was able to guide the team to a BCS berth. At the end of the season, he received the Vern Smith Leadership Award, given to the league's MVP, and was a consensus first team All-MAC selection.
In 2013, Lynch went on to break his own quarterback rushing record, registering 1,920 rushing yards for the season. His performance against Western Michigan, in which he rushed for 321 yards, also set a single game quarterback rushing record. For the second season in a row, he collected the Vern Smith Leadership Award, while also receiving first team All-American honors and finishing third in the voting for the Heisman Trophy. Throughout his entire Huskies career, he managed a total of 100 touchdowns.
Although eligible for the 2014 NFL Draft, Lynch was not selected. However, soon after, he was picked up by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent and officially made the switch from quarterback to running back.
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