Kellen Moore returned from his bye week to lead Boise State to an impressive road victory, and garnered the most first place votes en route to regaining the top spot in the Detmer Award poll. The Boise State quarterback opened up a 19-point lead over Week 3′s other big gainer, San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman. Hillman’s four-touchdown outing against Washington State led the Aztecs to a 3-0 start headed to an emotional showdown with former head coach Brady Hoke and Michigan. Hillman scored 40 points to finish No. 2 on the week, and jump to second in the overall poll.
Toledo’s Adonis Thomas had high praise for our new #DetmerAward leader.
Read on to see where others ranked.
Matt Elder, BuffaloBillsDraft.com
1. Ronnie Hillman-RB-San Diego State
Hillman is setting the nation on fire with his running style this year, he again eclipsed 100 yards this week and came dangerously close to getting 200 as he rushed for 191 yards and 4 TD’s.
2. Kellen Moore-QB-Boise State
Alright I think Ive held Moore off my ballot long enough, the Boise State gunslinger was again masterful as he carved up Toledo. Moore’s 455 yard performance included a 76.1% completion percentage and 5 TD’s. Otherwise known as just another day at the office.
3. WR Jordan White-Western Michigan
It seems like Jordan White has been at Western Michigan for forever (6th year) but when you make consistent plays like he did on Saturday (13 catches, 177 yards, and 2 TDs) we are pretty sure Bronco fans don’t mind.
Mike James, Navy Bird Dog
1. Kellen Moore, Boise St.
2. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
3. Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
4. Jordan White, Western Michigan
5. Ryan Griffin, Tulane
Zach Bloxham, The Upset Blog
1. Kellen Moore
2. Case Keenum
3. Ronnie Hillman
4. Trent Steelman
5) Cole Beasley
Brett Hein, The Upset Blog
1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — Moore is a freak. One of the most efficient passers I’ve ever witnessed. 32-42 for 455 yards and 5 TDs.
2. Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State — Hillman is a workhorse, carrying 32 times for 191 yards and 4 TDs in a win over Washington State, getting SDSU to 3-0. The performance included a 19-minute stretch where Hillman carried 14 times for 129 yards and 2 TDs. When that stretch was over, SDSU went from being down 24-14 to up 35-24.
3. Trent Steelman, QB, Army — Steelman led the Black Knights to a classic 21-14 Army win over Northwestern, carrying 28 times for 108 yards and all three of Army’s touchdowns.
4. Cole Beasley, WR, SMU — 11 catches for 171 yards.
5. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — It wasn’t outstanding for Keenum, 25-40 for 351 yards, 3 TDs and 2 INTs, but Keenum did lead the Cougars to a furious comeback to maintain a perfect 3-0 record.
Kevin McGuire, No2MinuteWarning.com
You can read the breakdown of all of Kevin’s votes at his site by clicking here.
1. Kellen Moore, Boise State
2. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
3. Case Keenum, Houston
4. Ja’Terian Douglas, Tulsa
5. Matt Schilz, Bowling Green
1. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
2. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
3. Nordly Capi, Colorado State
4. Case Keenum, Houston
5. Quinton Patton, La. Tech
1. Kellen Moore, QB Boise State: Come on, five touchdowns and 455 yards is enough to put him at the top of any list. Moore is still the player to beat for this award.
2. Ronnie Hillman, RB San Diego State: If Kellen Moore didn’t have such a strong week, Hillman would be number one. Four touchdowns on the ground coupled with over 200 total yards is phenomenal, expecially against an AQ school.
3. Zach Line, RB SMU: Five touchdowns. On the ground. On 85 yards. Wait, what? Even if his yardage was low, Line’s near endless trips to the end zone warrant a spot on this list.
4. Ryan Griffin, QB Tulane: Griffin started the game 12-12 passing, and didn’t stop there. Hitting 11 different receivers on the game, he ended with 281 yards through the air, with three touchdowns on 22 of 26 passing.
5. Tyler Tettleton, QB Ohio: Like Griffin, he led his team to a convincing victory, due in large part to a standout performance. Tettleton’s 285 yards and three touchdowns were highly impressive.
Matt Sussman, HustleBelt.com
1. Kellen Moore, Boise State
2. Jordan White, WMU
3. Ronnie Hillman, SDSU
4. Logan Harrell, Fresno State
5. Doug Martin, Boise State
Chad Smith, 7220Report.com
1. Kellen Moore QB Boise State
2. Ronne Hilman RB San Diego State
3. Jordan White WR Western Michigan
4. Corey Robinson QB Troy
5. Tyler Tettleton QB Ohio
#1 Ronnie Hillman, RB, San Diego State- Had a 59 yard run in the 4th quarter that put a two score distance between SDSU and Washington State and the Aztecs never looked back. Hillman had 32 carries for 191 yards and scored 4 TDs in the Aztecs first victory over a Pac-10/12 opponent in their last 20 tries.
#2 Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan- Threw for 355 yards and 3 TD (and also ran for one) in his team’s rout of in-state rival Central Michigan 44-14.
#3 Case Keenum, QB, Houston- led Houston to a come from behind victory and 28 unanswered points to win 35-34. He was 25-40 for 351 and 3 TD. He would be higher on this list but his opponent was Louisiana Tech.
#4 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State- 32 of 42 for 455 and 5 TD in a 40-15 win over Toledo. He looked shaky at times and surgical at others but you can’t ignore the stat line or the margin of victory by the Broncos.
#5 Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane- Tulane is 2-1! More than that, they crushed UAB this weekend and outgained them 540 yds to 193. Griffin led the charge by going 22/26 for 281 yards and 3 TD.
Matt Hargelroad, CowboyAltitude.com
1. Kellen Moore – Boise State
2. Ja’Terian Douglas – Tulsa
3. Ronnie Hillman – San Diego State
4. Jordan White – Western Michigan
5. Corey Robinson – Troy
Kyle Kensing, SaturdayBlitz.com
1. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State: The Aztec running back was key in a 21-0 fourth quarter to pull away from Washington State, and kept SDSU with the Cougars through the first three. He finished with four touchdowns, one more than the entire WSU offense.
2. Ryan Griffin, Tulane: The Green Wave quarterback slammed the door on UAB early, so he was limited in the second half. But when Griffin was used, he was ridiculously efficient, throwing just four incompletions and scoring three touchdowns.
3. Kellen Moore, Boise State: As he settled in during the second half, Kellen Moore showed why he’s at the forefront for not only this award, but the Heisman Trophy as well.
4. Zach Line, SMU: The Mustang running back wasn’t needed too much against a weak Northwestern State, hence his only accruing 82 yards. But scoring five touchdowns in limited actions is worthy of a nod, particularly given Zach Line did so as a running back in a June Jones offense.
5. Tim Cornett, UNLV: All but 27 of his 107 yards came on a single rush, but his two touchdown scores powered UNLV in its first victory, 40-20 over Hawaii. Cornett’s 80-yarder got the ball rolling, and as Hawaii had battled back from a three-touchdown deficit to within single digits, Cornett scored a second time to shut the door on the Warriors.
WEEK 3 SCORECARD
Kellen Moore: 54 points (9 first place votes)
Ronnie Hillman: 49 points (4 first place votes)
Jordan White: 14 points
Case Keenum: 13 points
Ryan Griffin: 8 points
Ja’Terian Douglas: 6 points
Zach Line: 5 points
Tyler Tettleton: 5 points
Ryan Lindley: 4 points
Alex Carder: 4 points
Corey Robinson: 3 points
Cole Beasley: 3 points
Nordly Capi: 3 points
Trent Steelman 2 points
Logan Harrell: 2 points
Matt Schilz: 1 point
Tim Cornett: 1 point
Quinton Patton: 1 point
Doug Martin: 1 point
CURRENT STANDINGS through three weeks
1. Kellen Moore: 93 points
2. Ronnie Hillman: 74 points
3. T.Y. Hilton: 63 points
4. Case Keenum: 62 points
5. Chandler Harnish: 29 points
6. Bernard Pierce: 19 points
7. Casey Pachall: 16 points
8. Bryant Moniz: 15 points
9. Jordan White: 14 points
10. Eric Page: 13 points
11. Kriss Proctor: 11 points
12t. Ryan Lindley: 8 points
12t. Ryan Griffin: 8 points
14. Ja’Terian Douglas: 6 points
15t. Josh Jarboe: 5 points
15t: Tyler Tettleton: 5 points
15t. Dominique Davis: 5 points
15t. Shane McClellin: 5 points
15t. Zach Line: 5 points
15t. Nordly Capi: 5 points
22. Alex Carder: 4 points
22t. Cole Beasley: 3 points
22t. Chuckie Keeton: 3 points
22t. Eugene Cooper: 3 points
22t. Robbie Rouse: 3 points
22t. Bobby Rainey: 3 points
22t. Dwight Bentley: 3 points
22t: Andrew Manley: 3 points
22t: Corey Robinson: 3 points
31t: Korey Jones: 2 points
31t: Trent Steelman: 2 points
31t: Tyron Carrier: 2 points
31t: Matt Schilz: 2 points
31t: Logan Harrell: 2 points
31t: Lance Lewis: 2 points
31t: Vinny Curry: 2 points
38t: Josh Howell: 1 point
38t: Doug Martin: 1 point
38t: Tim Cornett: 1 point
38t: Khalil Mack: 1 point
38t: Julius Warmsley: 1 point
38t: GJ Kinne: 1 point
38t: Kyle Van Noy: 1 point