Five finalists named for Heisman Trophy; Boise State QB Kellen Moore misses the cut

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 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, 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.

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No surprise there

Moore was never in the running for the HeiESPN award.

I Agree

You have to be seen. The MWC TV contract means exposure is non-existant. Out of sight means out of mind. But Kellen's last few games have been less masterful than most of his other performances.

So Moore can't

even get any support from Prater either?

No Support

Even among locals we recognize that three or four successive mediocre (for us) games meant this outcome was likely. The overall team performance is supposed to count but in cases like RGIII, you have to admit masterful performance out weighs very good performance. So does the performance of Tyrann Mathieu, the LSU DB. That kid is just as masterful in his game as RGIII is in his. I don't see what everyone likes so much about Luck though.

I would venture to guess that Kellen

could see the handwriting on the wall quite sometime ago that his chances were slim. I would also venture to guess that, based on the type of individual he is, he's not going to lose any sleep over this. I personally think the young man has an ego about the size of a pea....Sunny...

You're right, I bet Kellen sends Pease a Thank You card

for Pease's asinine obsession with trying to establish a running game during his senor year, which BTW started off with him being the Heisman front runner.

Now I don't want to be overly harsh and call Pease an idiot, but for lack of a better word, I'm not sure what else to call a guy who sabotages his own QB's shot at a Heisman Trophy

Kellen Moore is three missed

Kellen Moore is three missed field goals away from being 52-0 as a starter. 52-0. A 38 yard miss against TCU in the 17-16 Poinsettia Bowl loss in 2008, a 26 yarder against Nevada in 2010, and a 39 yard miss this season against TCU. The record for most consecutive wins is 47 held by Oklahoma’s Bud Wilkinson teams between 1953 and 1957. The best since then is Miami’s 34 game streak between 2000-2003. During each of these steaks OU won two National Championships and Miami played in two (winning one and controversially losing another). To add insult to injury, Boise gets to finish its historic run playing a 6-6 Arizona State team.

I agree with other posters here, Kellen is too classy to be bugged by this very much. We all know we'll see great things from him in the future.

Trying to be kind!

Please give it up!

Heisman Winner Paul Hornung Notre Dame!

The days of selecting a Heisman winner-have changed forever.The year Heisman winner Paul Hornung won the award-Notre Dame had a losing record-Today a Popularity contest -Kellen Moore -should have been invited
929 votes from the West Andrew Luck and the over-rated running back from Oregon

drugs win

looks like they prefer one that was suspended for one game over drugs, over Moore, how sad is that................

For a non-AQ player.....

one lost game and you are done (Kase & Kellen). Add to that the lack of ESPN support and you aren't even in the game.