Andrew Luck, Kellen Moore lead crowded Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker

By Chadd Cripe
ccripe@idahostatesman.com
© 2011 Idaho Statesman

Votes are so scattered this week in the Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker poll that Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore is in second place overall but was second on only two of the 10 ballots.

Baylor quarterback Robert Giffin III tumbled from first to sixth after the Bears suffered their first loss of the season. He still leads the nation in pass efficiency, but his fate shows how closely voters tie winning to each candidacy.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is No. 1. He and Moore are returning finalists.

Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Wisconsin quarterback Russell Wilson and Oklahoma quarterback Landry Jones are tied for third with 16 points, four behind Moore.

The top five candidates all play for teams ranked in the top seven in the country. Twelve players received votes.

Here are the results:

1. Andrew Luck
QB, Stanford, junior
38 points (5)
Last week: 2nd
Luck has climbed to sixth in pass efficiency with 11 touchdowns and one interception. He isn’t scheduled to face a ranked opponent until Oregon on Nov. 12 — and the Ducks might be the only one he faces.

2. Kellen Moore
QB, Boise State, senior
20
Last week: 3rd
Moore lost six points but moved up a spot because of the variety of candidates who have emerged. He may have benefited from the Nevada game airing on Versus instead of ESPN but needs to take advantage of this week’s ESPN exposure to leave a positive impression in the minds of voters who don’t wander into the 600s on DirecTV.

3 (tie). Landry Jones
QB, Oklahoma, junior
16 (1)
Last week: 5th
Jones’ interception count (five) is hurting him, but as the quarterback of one of the leading contenders for the national title he’s going to hang around long term. He could climb with a strong outing Saturday against Texas.

3 (tie). Trent Richardson
RB, Alabama, junior
16
Last week: 7th
Richardson is charging with four straight 100-yard games and 11 total touchdowns. He had 211 yards from scrimmage against Arkansas and 208 against Florida.

3 (tie). Russell Wilson
QB, Wisconsin, senior
16 (1)
Last week: Tied for 11th
Wilson’s Heisman hype was fueled by Saturday’s blowout defeat of Nebraska on national TV. He’s second in the nation in pass efficiency with 13 touchdowns and one interception. The Badgers play four of their next six games on the road, which will be his chance to cement himself as a top contender.

Others receiving votes: QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor (15, 2); QB Denard Robinson, Michigan (10, 1); RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina (7); QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (5); DB Tyrann Mathieu (3); WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (2); RB LaMichael James, Oregon (2).

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 third, behind Luck and Wilson, in this week’s ESPN.com Heisman Watch but sixth at CBSSports.com.

Based on Moore's performance vs. Nevada

He better throw 5 TD's to no INTs this week vs. Fresno and rack up 450 yards to stay evenly remotely a consideration. Don't get me wrong - he's an awesome QB, but he's got to perform lights out from here on.

In other words

he needs an average performance.......

So this has nothing to do with the actual competition

and jamming it won't matter.

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Its a hijacking of a statistical world Homer deal with it.

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I will.

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I rule all grasshoppers and their crappy mobile phones.

not me

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posted this two days ago

evidently you didn't see it

I met Amazing Grace and now I see!

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I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

no chance

go bulldogs

ugh!!

There's stupid again!!!

Hey Beckadawn....

Yeah, he posts stupid all the time.

Hey...do you have a boat?

How well do you cook?

Watch out for that guy VNDLBULL...

Stupid has followers without Facebook.

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I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

Go bulldogs?

Fresno State Bulldogs?
Georgia Bulldogs?
Or maybe you refer to the venerated Nampa Bulldogs?

Or Nyssa, Baker City, Gonzaga

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I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.

If he's up for the award........

.....Then coach Pete needs to let him PLAY, same with any of the other players who are up for awards. Coach Pete has his two "Bear" awards, (Thank you team(s)) So he needs to return the favorite in kind and let the kids go for it if the polls are leaning their way.

Broncs arent going to play

Broncs arent going to play somebody that might beat them. They will be Fresno easily

no we won't be fresno

we'll be boise state. victorious.

There are a lot of teams that don't play anybody.

Based on the performances of their opponents, you cannot make an argument that Stanford or Wisconsin or Nebraska have "played anybody". To date, the toughest opponent for Nebraska and Wisconsin was...each other. That's pretty weak.

Get off the broncos already. They play the schedule before them.

You are calling a lot of entities non-entities, junkman.

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I've just failed miserably trying to be incognito.