2013 Heisman Finalist Jordan Lynch joining the Eskes for 15

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Hello folks I am a Northern Illinois University football fan and wanted CFL fans to know that 2013 Heisman Finalist QB Jordan Lynch will be joining the Edmonton Eskimos for the 2015 season. Jordan was the Mid American Conference MVP in 2013 and under his leadership Northern Illinois did not lose a single home football game in 2012 or 2013. I will be watching his development and expect him to have a prosperous CFL career (thank you ESPN.)

I guess he'll develop for a few years on the practice roster since we already have a solid and tough as nails starting QB in Mike Reilly. Maybe a future 3rd or 2nd string in a few years. :thup:

Actually a great signing. The Esks also recently signed Matt Scott another 2nd year pro QB from Arizona. Both are just 24 years old and both have similar traits to Mike Reilly. Reilly who also came to the CFL as a second year pro and developed.
The Esks appear to be developing rugged QBs like Reilly. Athletic enough to run but also able to pass
Reilly now is bulked 230 pounds but when he came to the CFL he was at 214 pounds similar to these two QBs.
Like Reilly both are athletic enough to run when needed.

Right now the Esks also have incorporated their #3 QB Pat White into the game plan as a change up running QB. As well I believe he plays on the punt team as the punter protecter. This could be a role that Lynch could move into in do time as he did spend last season as a RB which could enable him in a season or so to also play on other special teams.
Having to dress three QBs in the CFL on game day rosters that are smaller than the NFL or NCAA having a back up that can add to the already roles of holder and Short Yardage could be very beneficial.

Well, he wasn't given the chance to play quarterback down south so this might be a great opportunity for him to show what he can do at this level - although there's no doubt he'll have to be patient.

Who knows, maybe he'll turn out to be the next Doug Flutie, Warren Moon, Joe Theismann or Jeff Garcia (all of who all had to earn their stripes in Canada before they were given a shot in the NFL). You never know. Best of luck to him.

One heck of an athlete and tough as they come but the big question mark will be his arm. A player to watch to be sure come training camp

You are very right, thats why they will likely spend time to develop him. Not only is he new to the CFL but also new to the QB position in pro football anywhere. Bears had turned him into a RB

I saw Jordan play his last year at Northern Illinois. Can't remember if it was a Bowl Game (might have been the East/West Shrine game) but I thought at that time he was a CFL type QB. But as others have said on here he will be starting basically as 4th or 5th string in training camp.
Mike Reilly, Matt Nichols, Pat White and Matt Scott weren't exactly chopped liver in their NCAA days. Unless Nichols is traded Lynch will be competing with White and Scott for the last two QB spots on the team including the practice roster spot IMO.
The test will be if he has the arm strength for that 40 yard out pass in the CFL. A lot of good ones like Eric Crouch have failed that test. But I hope Lynch turns out to be a good one if he has the desire to stick it out while he learns the CFL game.

Jared Zabransky anyone?

Could run like the wind, but couldn’t complete a pass to save his life. And he was arrogant to boot. Lets hope things are different for Lynch.

Wish him well, EXCEPT against my team (Als).

But don't recall much success for Heisman finalists in the CFL in the last 30 years except for:

  • FLutie ('84 winner)
  • Rocket Ismail ('90 runner up) for a couple of seasons
  • Michael Bishop ('98 runner up) to some degree (journeyman QB whose performance never matched his potential)

And Ismail is an aberration as he only came to the CFL because Bruce McNall made him a competitive financial offer.

Ricky Williams

Forgot him. But of course 1 season with 528 yards rushing for a 4.8 average per carry wasn't especially memorable in terms of performance; and also an aberration as he only came north because of his drug suspension in the NFL.

How about former Ticat great Troy Davis? He was a two time finalist for the Heisman and in 96 finished second (and probably would have won it if he went to a bigger school). He holds pretty much every major rushing record for the Ticats

Noted, so five players over 30 years. Two "traditional" successes, two aberrations and one moderate success.

My point only being that the Heisman offers little promise of success.

and then there was andre ware

OK, add a sixth and one outright bust.
Thanks for helping my case. :lol:

Heisman Hype: A look at all Heisman winners' CFL debuts

TORONTO – Montreal Alouettes quarterback Troy Smith wasn’t the first Heisman Trophy winner to play in the CFL, and he likely won’t be the last either.

In fact, Smith joins a very small group of players who can claim they’ve hoisted the highly-coveted Heisman Trophy, one that recognizes the most outstanding player in American college football.

Prior to Smith, six former Heisman winners stepped foot onto a CFL field, the first of which being Billy Vessels in 1953.

Here’s a look at the debut performances of all Heisman winners:

Billy Vessels
1952 Heisman Winner – Oklahoma
Debuted 1953 with Edmonton Eskimos

Vessels' first game in the CFL was on August 29, 1953. He rushed for 41 yards on 9 carries and caught 2 passes for 52 yards. He also threw a pass for 6 yards. The Edmonton lineup was hard to crack then. Vessels’, however, burst onto the scene when he returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown on August 31, 1953 to win the game in the 4th quarter.

It was only his second regular season appearance in an Eskimos' uniform and he added 34 rushing yards and 57 passing yards (he was a multi-purpose player in the Edmonton offensive backfield).

Vessels got better as the season progressed and finished with two 100-yard rushing games late in the year, adding another kickoff return for a TD. That record of two in one season still stands (tied by many others including Will Ford this year).

Johnny Rodgers
1972 Heisman Winner – Nebraska
Debuted 1973 with Montreal Alouettes

Johnny Rodgers' CFL debut came on August 1, 1973 and he had a quiet game but did score one TD. Dubbed the ‘Ordinary Superstar’, Rodgers rushed for 32 yards on 5 carries and caught 2 passes for 33 yards and one TD in an 18-9 win over Hamilton.

That same season, Rodgers was named the Most Outstanding Rookie.

The following year, Rodgers, who often ran into the endzone backwards when he scored touchdowns, helped lead Montreal to the 1974 Grey Cup.

Doug Flutie
1984 Heisman Winner – Boston College
Debuted 1990 with BC Lions

The venerable Doug Flutie joined the Lions in 1990 and made his on-field debut on July 13, a game that saw BC tie the Stampeders 38-38. He finished 21-of-37 passing for 271 yards, 2 interceptions and 2 TD passes. He threw a last-second game-tying "Hail Mary" touchdown pass to send the game into overtime.

In 1991, Flutie threw for a record 6,619 yards on 466 completions with 38 TD passes and gained another 610 yds rushing with 14 TD's. In 1992, he signed with the Calgary Stampeders, who he led to victory in the 1992 Grey Cup. Flutie’s 48 touchdown passes in 1994 remains a CFL record.

He played with the Stampeders until 1996, when he signed with the Toronto Argonauts, leading them to back-to-back Grey Cup victories in 1996 and 1997. He left the CFL with career passing yards of 41,355 and 270 touchdowns.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2008, Flutie’s career up north was nothing short of remarkable, highlighted perhaps by his six Most Outstanding Player awards in his 8-year CFL career.

Andre Ware
1989 Heisman Winner – Houston
Debuted 1995 with Ottawa Rough Riders

Ware debuted on September 9, 1995 for Ottawa against BC as a late game substitute in a 43-24 home loss. He had a very promising game throwing a late 22-yard TD pass to Nigel Williams and was 4-of-8 for 45 yards. Ware earned the start the next week against Birmingham on September 17, but went 22-of-38 for 220 yards and 3 interceptions in a 40-9 loss.

Ricky Williams
1998 Heisman Winner – Texas
Debuted 2006 with Toronto Argonauts

Williams made his official CFL debut on June 17, 2006, in a home game against the Tiger-Cats at the Rogers Centre. In that game, he rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries, with his longest carry for 35 yards in the fourth quarter. Williams caught two passes for 24 yards as the Argonauts defeated the Tiger-Cats by a score of 27-17.

In what was his only season in the CFL, Williams carried the ball 109 times for 526 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in 19 passes for 127 yards.

Eric Crouch
2001 Heisman Winner – Nebraska
Debuted 2006 with Toronto Argonauts

On July 22, 2006, Crouch made his regular season CFL debut against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Regina, Saskatchewan. Coming in at the start of the second half following an injury to Spergon Wynn, Crouch sealed the win for Toronto with solid play, including a 94-yard completion to Arland Bruce III. Ironically that was the same game Ricky Williams broke his arm and was out until late-September.

Troy Smith

2006 Heisman Winner – Ohio State
Debuted 2013 with Montreal Alouettes

Smith arrived in Montreal in mid-August under much fan-fare. The former Buckeye initially joined the Als’ practice roster, and was supposed to be brought through the system and the team’s playbook with caution, as GM Jim Popp was looking towards Smith to serve as Anthony Calvillo’s eventual replacement.

That plan, however, was quickly put to rest. As a result of a season-ending injury to Calvillo and some inconsistent play by both Josh Neiswander and Tanner Marsh, Smith was inserted into the starting lineup last week against Hamilton, throwing three touchdowns on 247 yards passing

So, in the last 30 years from that group 1 unqualified success, 3 failures and Ricky Williams (too long a description).

Again speaks to waiting to see how Lynch does on the field before getting excited.

So, the tradition of the Esks developing great QBs continues. Expect one of them to be eventually bought by the Argos, who can't seem to develop QBs on their own.