NIU snatches Lynch from the transfer portal

FromKALB – NIU football landed one of its first major additions of the 2022 offseason with the addition of freshman quarterback Justin Lynch via the transfer portal.

Lynch comes in with a familiar last name, being the younger brother of former NIU standout quarterback Jordan Lynch. The elder Lynch holds the distinction of leading the Huskies to an appearance in the 2013 Orange Bowl and placing third in voting for the 2013 Heisman Trophy, the highest of any player in the Mid-American Conference.

Coming with immediate eligibility according to 247Sports, Lynch took to Twitter Monday to announce her engagement to NIU.

Lynch will arrive from Temple University, where he followed his older brother’s former head coach, Rod Carey, after graduating from Mount Carmel High School in Chicago.

The Chicago native started five games in his only season at Temple, where he passed for 830 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. The quarterback also showed off his rushing ability with 295 yards and a rushing touchdown.

Lynch’s first career win as a starter came in a blowout 45-24 win over the University of Akron Zips on September 18, where he posted a two-touchdown performance and completed 19 of 23 attempts. of passes. Lynch closed out his Temple career with a 1-4 record as a starter.

After Carey was fired on Nov. 29 after going 12-20 in three seasons as head coach, Lynch officially entered the NCAA transfer portal on Dec. 4.

Upon his arrival at DeKalb, Lynch will join a quarterback room that includes redshirt junior quarterback Rocky Lombardi, who transferred from Michigan State University last offseason, and four quarterbacks from the subclasses.