Who Takes The Reins At QB For NIU?
Northern Illinois has a large void to fill with the graduation of Jordan Lynch. Below are the candidates that will try to call signals like Lynch did so well for the Huskies.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound signal caller from O'Fallon, Mo., has to be the favorite to take the starting job. Even with only nine career pass attempts, he is the most similar to Lynch. He has a strong arm (I believe better than Lynch's) and is an escape artist in the pocket. Hare won't outrun many defenders, but he can take a hit. He could be the next big thing in DeKalb, Ill.
McIntosh is another Lynch backup with little to no experience. He has 15 career pass attempts, but doesn't have near the arm as Hare. McIntosh is very athletic and can run. He won't be looking for contact as he runs, but he won't have a problem running around defenses.
The Western Michigan transfer had the right idea to go where there is no clear-cut No. 1 quarterback. Maddie's problem is that he likes to make football games into track meets. At about 6-foot-1, 200 pounds, he can fly. His accuracy and arm strength need some work, but Maddie will leave you in the dust if you blink.
The Freshmen: Landon Root, Ryan Graham
The quarterback of the future looks to be Landon Root. At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, the true freshman from Kansas can chuck the ball deep with accuracy. At Collegiate High School, he ran a similar offense to NIU. The kid looks like he needs a little seasoning and then he will be ready for prime time.
Ryan Graham is a local coming from Wheaton Warrenville South. He throws a tight spiral and can make some throws you wouldn't expect from a high school player. With a year of collegiate lifting, Graham could make a run at the starting job.