He showed how tough he is last Saturday when he ran over an Akron defender on his way to a touchdown. That's the type of play that fires up a team.
Many head coaches would prefer their quarterbacks avoid hard contact. Some want their quarterbacks to slide to prevent a blow. NIU coach Dave Doeren isn't one of those coaches. At least not when it comes to Lynch.
"I loved it," said Doeren of the touchdown run. "I absolutely loved it. Is it something (contact) I walk in the meeting room and tell him to run over people? No, but I'm never going to tell a guy not to be tough."
"It's just such a great thing to see him just basically being a running back and plowing people over. It just gets the o-line fired up," said offensive tackle Ryan Brown.
Lynch is the second leading rusher in the nation, and he leads all quarterbacks in rushing with 1,049 yards. He's on pace to break the single season rushing record for a quarterback of 1,702 yards set by Michigan's Denard Robinson.