By Chadd Cripe
© 2011 Idaho Statesman
The Touchdown Club of Columbus (Ohio) has named its quarterback award after Boise State senior Kellen Moore.
The Touchdown Club announced Thursday that Moore has won its quarterback award for the second straight year. Past winners include Colt McCoy, Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow, Troy Smith, Matt Leinart and Jason White. Full list here..
Leinart, of USC, and Ken Dorsey of Miami are the only other players to win the award twice.
The honor will be called the Kellen Moore Award beginning in 2012. It goes to the top overall quarterback in college football — the club also has a Sammy Baugh Award, which goes to the top passer based on statistics (Houston’s Case Keenum won this year).
The quarterback award started in 1991.
Winners of all Touchdown Club awards receive the same 12-pound trophy. Moore, who is expected to attend the Feb. 11 banquet in Columbus, will get his fourth — he was named a player to watch after the 2008 season and given the Award of Distinction after the 2009 season.
Touchdown Club president and co-chairman Curt Boster says he told Moore at the 2009 banquet that he might name the quarterback award after him someday. He reminded Moore of that earlier this year, telling him he would do it if Moore broke the Football Bowl Subdivision wins record, held by McCoy (45) of Texas.
Moore is 49-3 going into the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas.
“He’s probably going to win 50 games,” Boster said. “That’s pretty fascinating. And if he could kick, 52. … I think he thought I was joking.”
Boster has admired the Broncos program for years. He also has honored former Boise State stars Jared Zabransky, Ian Johnson and Jeremy Avery.
He watched Moore play in person this season at Toledo.
“I’m a football guy and it’s the most amazing thing — I can’t imagine how a guy can check down five receivers in a matter of 2 seconds,” Boster said. “Watching him in person is just amazing.”
The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in 1956.
Boise State senior left tackle Nate Potter of Timberline High was honored twice Thursday — as a first-team Capital One Academic All-American and CBSSports.com first-team All-American.
He is the first Bronco named to the Academic All-America first team since Sam Miller in 1978.
Potter, a three-time all-conference first-teamer, graduated with a degree in history in May with a 3.7 GPA. He was a second-team Academic All-American last year.
Potter is the leader of an offensive line that is tied for first nationally in sacks allowed at 0.67 per game. He has started 34 straight games.
Potter also is one of 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Here is the Academic All-America team.
Moore was a finalist for the Maxwell Award, which goes to the College Player of the Year. That award went to Andrew Luck on Thursday night.
Here is an interview ESPN’s Andrea Adelson conducted with Moore in advance of the awards show. She asked Moore about coach Chris Petersen’s criticism of the BCS.
“There’s probably a lot of people who feel very similar to him, to different degrees,” Moore said. “… The situation we’re in right now, it’s so much political and you’ve got to state you care and I don’t think we really care to do that.”
As for the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas against Arizona State, Moore said, “ASU was a team that was as hot as anybody early in the year.”
Boise State offensive coordinator Brent Pease and wide receiver Tyler Shoemaker were supposed to attend a press conference in Las Vegas today, along with Arizona State representatives. The event was canceled because of mechanical problems with the Boise State group’s flight.
“We want to apologize for not being able to attend the press conference,” Interim Athletic Director Curt Apsey said in a release. “We experienced flight difficulties that would not allow us to arrive on time today. We did our best to find other mechanisms of travel with no success, and we regret not being there to support the bowl, its sponsors and the media.”
Just a head’s up — because of scheduling conflicts, Boise State players aren’t available to talk to the media until the end of next week, which is finals week.