By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
Boise State senior quarterback Kellen Moore will not return to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist this week.
The Heisman announced Monday that five players have been selected as finalists: Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
Below is the final Idaho Statesman Heisman Tracker. For this round, I had voters send in their top three instead of their top five to match the way Heisman ballots work. Moore didn't make a single ballot.
The website stiffarmtrophy.com tracks ballots submitted or publicly announced by voters. With 59 ballots received, Moore was in eighth place with just three points — three third-place rankings.
At Heismanpundit.com, Moore was not included on any of the 13 ballots this week.
Moore finished fourth and went to New York as a finalist last year. He finished seventh in 2009.
Here are the results so far in our Heisman Tracker (I’ll update as the other ballots arrive):
1. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor — 22 points (six first-place votes)
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford — 16 (2)
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama — 12 (2)
4. Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU — 5
5. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin — 3
6. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon — 1
6. Brandon Weeden, QB, 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.).
Luck was named the winner of the Unitas Golden Arm Award on Monday. Moore was a finalist.
The award has gone to the top senior quarterback in past years but organizers changed the rule this year to make fourth-year juniors like Luck eligible.
Luck also was named the American Football Coaches Association’s All-American quarterback on Monday. The AFCA doesn’t do a second team.
Moore goes to Florida on Tuesday to attend The Home Depot College Football Awards show that airs at 7 p.m. Thursday on ESPN. Moore is one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the College Player of the Year. Luck and Richardson are the other finalists.