By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore surged into the lead of a tight race this week in the Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker, a poll of 10 media members from across the country.
The voting was so close that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck received four first-place votes to Moore’s two but ranks second in overall points. South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is third with three first-place votes and Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is sixth with the last first-place vote.
Moore was the only player named on all 10 ballots and he was first or second on six of them. Luck, Lattimore and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones appeared on eight ballots each.
Here are this week’s results:
1. Kellen Moore
QB, Boise State, senior
35 points (2 first-place votes)
Last week: 3rd
Moore climbed to the top after a 455-yard, five-touchdown outing on national TV at Toledo. He’s on pace to shatter all of his career highs and is completing 78.9 percent of his passes.
2. Andrew Luck
QB, Stanford, junior
Last week: 1st
Luck gained a first-place vote this week and still got passed by Moore. He hasn’t done anything to grab the nation’s attention yet, but he’s playing solidly enough to retain his favorite’s status.
3. Marcus Lattimore
RB, South Carolina, sophomore
Last week: 7th
He leads the nation in rushing at 178 yards per game and is carrying a Gamecocks team that is in the national championship hunt. The Gamecocks don’t face Alabama or LSU during the regular season so they could be in contention all season.
4. Landry Jones
QB, Oklahoma, junior
Last week: 2nd
He lost his two first-place votes after going 18-of-27 for 199 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Sooners’ win at Florida State.
5. Robert Griffin III
QB, Baylor, junior
Last week: 4th
He leads the nation in pass efficiency with a ridiculous 244.52. He has thrown eight touchdown passes and no interceptions.
Others receiving votes: QB Denard Robinson, Michigan (11, 1); RB Trent Richardson, Alabama (4); RB Chris Rainey, Florida (2); QB Geno Smith, West Virginia (1); WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (1); QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (1).
Here’s our panel: Jenni Carlson, The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City); Anthony Gimino, Lindy’s (Tucson, Ariz.); Coley Harvey, Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel; Josh Kendall, The State (Columbia, S.C.); Doug Lesmerises, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland); Andrew Logue, Des Moines (Iowa) Register; Tom Luicci, The Star-Ledger (Newark, N.J.); Mike Prater, Idaho Statesman; George Schroeder, The Register-Guard (Eugene, Ore.); Kyle Tucker, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.).
Voters ranked their top five candidates. Scoring was five points for first, four points for second, three points for third, two points for fourth and one point for fifth.
Moore is second this week in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch.