Boise State QB Kellen Moore moves into lead in Heisman Tracker poll

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 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
33 (4)
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
28 (3)
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
19
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
15
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.

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Moore is second this week in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch.

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but I find it hard to believe Luck was only on 8 of 10 ballots.

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No credibility

Luck kept the lead in Week 1 after going 17-of-26 for 171 yards against San Jose State, yet Landry Jones loses ground for going 18-of-27 for 199 yards against Florida State? Sorry Chadd, your panel has no credibility, they've made this a popularity contest, not a performance contest.

Panel

Like I tell people who say these things about my AP ballot — everyone has their own system and it can look bad early in the year but as the season progresses it evens out. For instance, some people are sticking with Luck because they think he's the best player even though he hasn't done anything fantastic yet. Some people are going with Denard Robinson or Marcus Lattimore because of their hot starts. Kellen is on all 10 ballots because he fits both categories — a preseason favorite who is playing great. Two voters don't have Luck in the top five, so clearly they have penalized him.

Its about time

It's about time, landry is a laugh, he looked lost, confused and just down in his last game. Luck, he looked like any of the other 500 QB's out there, just a QB, nothing special. (Luck by the way stayed in for all but 5 minutes of the 4th quarter, even thou they lead by all their points over Arizona )

Kellen would be the perfect Heisman Trophy winner

Kellen has shown the necessary consistency and brilliance to be a worthy Heisman winner. His team allows him to have a season full of opportunities to shine. He is a proven winner who always brings the "A" game. With such a stage, it would be a shock not to see him play a complete season of Heisman-quality football and to run away with the award. Go Blue!!!

HEISMAN

THE HEISMAN IS "SUPPOSEDLY" FOR THE BEST COLLEGE PLAYER--NOT NECESSARILY PRO-PROSPECT! GO KELLEN! GO BRONCOS!!!

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Kellen proves game after game he is the one for the Heisman and the fans need to help him out to.

Griffin III

That kid is stupendous. He will move up the ranks. I have to think he will get the award before his college career ends if he stays on his current course.

Luck

Luck is a certain first round draft choice. But so far he hasn't impresssed me more than Kellen has. Kellen is nothing short of a phenom in most parts of his game.

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Kellen

could throw for 600 yds every game and if Luck does it just once, he will win...I don't understand why everyone has a hard on for him.

Why not?

Can anyone tell me why the Rams won't play Austin Pettis? Down late in the game, your own 35 yard line, 3rd and 7, and you have to keep this drive alive...this is the reason they drafted that kid...why won't they play him? He didn't even touch the field, much less get the ball thrown his way. What do we see in him that the coaching staff doesn't? He is a great route runner and he doesn't drop the ball (unlike Salas, the rookie out of Hawaii that was playing instead). I'm not a Rams fan, but instead a fan of ex-BSU players, and I think the Rams are blowing it not playing Austin Pettis...what am I missing?

Simple...When Have The Lambs Ever

done anything that would make them resemble a winner?

Just like their red zone play selection...it's common knowledge Bradford is best on the edges..yet the play selection is a 5 step drop ..

New coach has won 7 games in 2 seasons plus 2...why would he do anything smart to help them win?

for real...

what a stooge...i hope that pettis can get out of that town before he loses his edge...get in somewhere they will use him