NIU's Lynch Chases McNabb's Legacy

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Nearly two decades separated the careers of Donovan McNabb and Jordan Lynch at Chicago's Mount Carmel High. In the early 1990s, McNabb was so impressive as a triple-option threat that his coaches would make friendly wagers about whether he'd eventually contend for the Heisman Trophy. In the late 2000s, Lynch rekindled memories of McNabb by running the triple-option with verve; he dominated the competition by racking up 1,221 passing yards, 848 rushing yards and 31 total touchdowns as a senior. Neither player, however, received a single scholarship offer from a Big Ten school to play quarterback.

The under-recruited and overachieving career narratives of McNabb and Lynch can be traced back to same Mount Carmel playbook. Both McNabb and Lynch developed under coach Frank...

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