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Huskies' Lynch named MAC Player of the Year

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Huskies' Lynch named MAC Player of the Year

In his first full season as the starting quarterback for Northern Illinois, Jordan Lynch was named MAC Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Lynch is having one of the best seasons in school history. He's thrown for 2,750 yards and 23 touchdowns while also rushing for 1,611 yards and 16 scores. In a victory over Toledo, he became the first player in FBS history to throw for 400 yards and rush for 150 yards. Adding to his accolades, Lynch currently holds the NCAA record for nine-straight 100-yard rushing games.

"Winning the Vern Smith Award is definitely a great accomplished and it definitely wouldn't happen without all of my coaches and teammates," Lynch said in a statement on Monday. "I'm grateful to the MAC coaches. Winning the award shows that your talent, your accomplishments and your hard work doesn't go unnoticed. It shows the respect they have for me as a person and as a player."

With a victory over Kent State in the MAC championship on Friday, the No. 21 Huskies could find themselves in a BCS Bowl game for the first time in school history.

Other MAC awards were handed out Wednesday afternoon: Kent State head coach Darrell Hazell was named Coach of the Year, Bowling Green defensive tackle Chris Jones won Defensive Player of the Year, Kent State kick returner Dri Archer garnered Special Teams Player of the Year and wide receiver Jaime Wilson took home Freshman of the Year.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8

 

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville