DEKALB, Ill. — For Jordan Lynch, one big prize is still out there.
Northern Illinois’ star quarterback will find out Saturday in New York if he’s the Heisman Trophy winner.
Lynch was one of six finalists invited Monday to the ceremony along with overwhelming favorite Jameis Winston of Florida State and last year’s winner Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M.
“I don’t think it will all sink in until I actually give it time to sink in and really look back,” Lynch said. “I don’t think that will happen until after this season and after the last game.”
Lynch led No. 24 Northern Illinois (12-1) to within a victory of a second straight BCS berth after making the Orange Bowl last season.
That possibility got doused with a 20-point loss to Bowling Green in the Mid-American Conference championship game, but the big prize still is out there for a senior who set the major college rushing record for yards rushing by a quarterback.
He found out around 4:45 p.m. Central on Monday that he was a finalist from coach Rod Carey, who asked if he felt like hanging out in New York. Lynch tweeted the news a few minutes before 1996 winner Danny Wuerffel made the announcement. By then, he had already contacted his mom Sheila — or at least made an attempt.
The problem was her phone was dead. She was working at a new job, and Lynch didn’t have her office number. His dad Jim wasn’t answering, either.
“So I call my house phone and try and give everyone the news and I’m still trying my mom, still no pick up,” he said. “She finds out by a family friend or something like that, so it wasn’t me to give her the news.”
There’s been plenty of good news for the Huskies with Lynch leading the way the past two years. Carey knew they were in good hands after a particularly poor practice before last season.