Detmer Award Vote Week 6: Your New Leader Is Case Keenum


The Detmer Award is nearing its midway point, and what looked like it would be a runaway victory for Boise State’s Kellen Moore is suddenly a neck-and-neck race — one that Moore no longer leads. Case Keenum’s 30-for-37, three touchdown day against East Carolina elevated him to the No. 1 overall ranking in Week 6, beating out Buffalo running back and first-time #DetmerAward vote getter Branden Oliver.

Read on and see how the panel voted, and please visit each panelists’ site. These bloggers do an outstanding job covering non-AQ football.

Brett Hein,

    1. Chuckie Keeton, QB, Utah State — 15-20 for 213 yards, 4 TD 0 INT in 2.5 quarters of work in USU’s 63-19 rout of Wyoming
    2. Case Keenum, QB, Houston — 30-37 for 304 yards, 3 TD 0 INT
    3. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State — 23-31 for 254 yards, 3 TD 0 INT in 3 quarters.
    4. Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada — 10 rec for 220 yards, 1 TD as Nevada dominated UNLV 37-0
    5. Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss — a near-perfect 21-23 for 283 yards and 3 TD in Eagles 63-35 win over Navy

    #1 Case Keenum, QB, Houston

In what looked to be one of the most competitive games left on the schedule for the Cougars they took care of business with the greatest of ease. Keenum racked up the stats going 30 of 37 for 304 yards and 3 TD.

#2 Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss

21/23 for for 283 and 3 TD against Navy. The Golden Eagles blew out Navy in what many (including myself) expected to be a competitive match-up.

#3 Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan

Western Michigan moved to 2-0 in the MAC as Jordan White led them with 12 catches for 156 yards and 2 TD. It was White’s fourth straight game with double digit receptions.

#4 Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada

Coming off of a blow-out at the hands of Boise, the Wolfpack responded by shutting out UNLV. Matthews had 220 yards receiving on 10 receptions and found the end zone on a 90 yard completion in the second quarter.

#5 Chuckie Keaton, QB, Utah State

Many of you will remember this kid from the Auburn game. Keaton led the his team with 213 yards through the air and 44 yards on the ground and threw for four TDs.

Mike James, Navy Bird Dog

    1. Austin Davis, Southern Miss
    2. Rishard Matthews, Nevada
    3. Case Keenum, Houston
    4. Branden Oliver, Buffalo
    5. Chuckie Keaton, Utah State

Matt Sussman,

    1. Branden Oliver, Buffalo
    2. Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky
    3. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
    4. Eric Page, Toledo
    5. Kellen Moore, Boise State

Zach Bloxham,

    1. Chuckie Keeton, Utah State
    2. Brynn Harvey, UCF
    3. Rishard Matthews, Nevada
    4. Kellen Moore, Boise State
    5. Chazz Anderson, Buffalo

John Owens, Fear The Wave & The Tulane Hulabaloo

    1. Royce Pollard, WR Hawaii: Let’s see: yards? 216. Catches? 10. Touchdowns? Three. If you replaced catches with completions, it would be a pretty good day for many quarterbacks.

2. Bryant Moniz, QB Hawaii: Seems like he puts up big numbers every week. This week it was 410 yards passing and four touchdowns, a good portion of which went to the man above him on this list.

3. Jordan White, WR Western Michigan: Receivers receive a lot of credit this week, but appropriately. The second wideout on our list had 12 catches for 156 yards and two scores.

4. Bernard Pierece, RB Temple: The Owls have to love the way this guy produces. Even though he had a very workman like four yards per carry, his 121 yards and three touchdowns are phenomenal.

5. Xavier Rush, WR Tulane: Rush exploded onto the scene this week with a huge game. He only caught four passes, but they were for 135 yards and two touchdowns. Talk about a burner.

Matt Hargelroad,

    1. Chuckie Keeton – USU
    2. Branden Oliver – Buffalo
    3. Rishard Matthews – Nevada
    4. Chazz Anderson – Buffalo
    5. Jordan White – Western Michigan

Kevin McGuire, &

1. Kellen Moore (Boise State)
2. Case Keenum (Houston)
3. Bernard Pierce (Temple)
4. Jordan White (Western Michigan)
5. Zac Dysert (Miami, OH)

Matt Elder, &

    1. DE Vinny Curry-Marshall
    Curry was legitimately the only reason the game on Saturday was even close v. UCF. His ability to get into the backfield and disrupt the play was quite evident despite Curry seeing chips and double teams. He had 8 tackles in all, 4.5 of those going for loss, and 2 sacks. That’s not to mention his force fumble as well. As the season has gone on, Curry has only gotten stronger and more effective.

2. RB Branden Oliver-Buffalo
This may be the first and possible last time a UB player makes it on my ballot but after the hurting Oliver put on the Bobcats this weekend it’s hard to overlook him. His 179 yard and 3 TD effort carried the Bulls in a tightly fought MAC game. His effort was the difference between the Bulls winning and losing this game.

3. WR Rishard Matthews-Nevada
Matthews had a huge day for Nevada hauling in 10 catches for 220 yards and 1 TD. He absolutely dominated an under talented UNLV secondary and was uncoverable for the whole game. Matthews is quietly putting together a very impressive season thus far.

Pat Johnston,; One-Handed Grab; Founder of the Positive Impact Factor

    1. Austin Davis, Southern Miss
    2. Case Keenum, Houston
    3. Jordan White, Western Michigan
    4. Kellen Moore, Boise State
    5. Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky

Chad Smith,

    1. Zac Dysert QB Miami of Ohio

2. Branden Oliver RB Buffalo

3. Kellen Moore QB Boise State

4. Case Keenum QB Houston

5. Rishard Mathews WR Nevada

Kyle Kensing

    1. Austin Davis, Southern Miss

If an overtime loss to Air Force the week prior broke Navy’s heart, Austin Davis rolled into Annapolis to rip it out. He commanded the Golden Eagle to 63 points, scoring three touchdowns through the air and one on the ground. He completed an astounding 21 of his 23 pass attempts, and rushed for 75 yards. This dual threat QB was among the nation’s best statistically last year, but started in rather underwhelming fashion; don’t be surprised if this win catapults him into another stellar finish.

2. Case Keenum, Houston

Sometimes it feels like Case Keenum could read a novel, perhaps bake a cake or order a pizza, all while throwing immaculate passes for touchdowns. He makes it look that effortless. Against East Carolina? Oh, nothing: over 300 yards and touchdowns, no interceptions and 30 completions.

3. Bernard Pierce, Temple

Temple rebounded from a tough loss to one MAC West contender, Toledo, by throttling another, Ball State. Bernard Pierce rushed for three touchdowns and 130 yards. He now has 15 scores on the season, most among FBS running backs and on pace for 30 this season. Only Barry Sanders has broken that threshhold previously.

4. Branden Oliver, Buffalo

Buffalo was at the MAC’s cellar a season ago, and Ohio is a perpetual conference leader so when the Bulls get a win in this match-up, it’s noteworthy. It’s especially noteworthy when a BU back rushes for three touchdowns and nearly 180 yards against the typically stout Bobcat defense.

5. Brynn Harvey, UCF

Brynn Harvey was a standout in the 2009 season, but sidelined and slowed through 2010 with an ACL injury. He announced his return emphatically with a 180-yard showing against Marshall, which included a touchdown. His ability to run the ball effectively allowed the Golden Knights to control the clock, an important component of a low-scoring C-USA game (that’s a rarely used phrase).

Case Keenum: 30 (1)
Branden Oliver: 21
Chuckie Keeton: 19 (3)
Austin Davis: 16 (3)
Rishard Matthews: 16
Kellen Moore: 16 (1)
Jordan White: 9
Bernard Pierce: 8
Zac Dysert: 6 (1)
Vinny Curry: 5 (1)
Bobby Rainey: 5
Chazz Anderson: 5
Royce Pollard: 5 (1)
Bryann Harvey: 5
Bryant Moniz: 4
Eric Page: 2
Xavier Rush: 1

through six weeks

1st Place, 133 points
Case Keenum

2nd Place, 131 points
Kellen Moore

3rd Place, 78 points
Ronnie Hillman

4th Place, 73 points
Bernard Pierce

4th Place, 71 points
Bryant Moniz

6th Place, 63 points
T.Y. Hilton

7th Place, 43 points
Alex Carder

8th Place, 35 points
Jordan White

9th Place, 29 points
Chandler Harnish

10th Place, 26 points
Austin Davis

11th Place, 22 points
Chuckie Keeton

12th Place, 21 points
Branden Oliver

13th Place, 19 points
Kriss Proctor

14th Place, 17 points
Casey Pachall
Eric Page

16th Place, 16 points
Rishard Matthews

17th Place, 15 points
Royce Pollard

18th (tie), 10 points
Nordly Capi
Joe Banyard

20th Place, 9 points
Lance Dunbar: 9 points

21st Place (tie), 8 points
Ryan Lindley
Bobby Rainey
Ryan Griffin
Matt Christian

25th Place (tie), 7 points
Dominique Davis
Quinton Patton
Vinny Curry

28th Place (tie), 6 points
Ja’Terian Douglas
Deon Long
Zac Dysert

31st Place (tie), 5 points
Josh Jarboe
Tyler Tettleton
Shane McClellin
Zach Line
Bryann Harvey
Chazz Anderson

37th Place (tie), 4 points
Bradley Rutley

38th Place (tie), 3 points
Cole Beasley
Brady Amack
Darius Johnson
Shaquil Barrett
Eugene Cooper
Robbie Rouse
Dwight Bentley
Andrew Manley
Corey Robinson

47th Place (tie), 2 points
Charles Sims
Kendrick Hardy
Morgan Williams
Riley Nelson
Derek Carr
Blaine Gautier
Keith Wenning
Korey Jones
Trent Steelman
Tyron Carrier
Matt Schilz
Logan Harrell
Lance Lewis

60th Place (tie), 1 point
Xavier Rush
Josh Howell
Doug Martin
Tim Cornett
Khalil Mack
Julius Warmsley
GJ Kinne
Kyle Van Noy
Greg Irvin
Willie Snead
Tyle Shoemaker
Dominique White
Raymond Maples
Tim Jefferson