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Detmer Award Ballot: Bernard Pierce runs loose!

Temple's Bernard Pierce is beginning to be more commonly known around the nation. Getty Images.

Quite a week for the Detmer Award ballot this week. Finally somebody outperformed Boise State’s Kellen Moore, not that the Boise State quarterback had a shabby outing of course.

Here is my ballot for this week’s Detmer Award voting, organized by the guys over at Saturday Blitz.

1. RB Bernard Pierce, Temple Owls

Temple’s Bernard Pierce is beginning to be more commonly known around the nation. Getty Images.

I have a number of Temple fans who go after me on Twitter for suggesting Temple is a long shot at best for the Big East portion of the realignment process, but those who pay attention know I’m a big fan of Bernard Pierce. What he did against Maryland was unspeakable in so many ways. The MAC Offensive Player of the Week ripped off five touchdowns and 149 yards in College Park to silence the Terps quickly and efficiently.

Steve Addazio’s game plan is simple. Get the ball in Pierce’s hands. He has 12 touchdowns after four games. Watch out MAC. He’s coming for you next!

2. QB Bryant Moniz, Hawaii Warriors

Moniz went off early and often against FCS UC Davis for seven first half touchdown passes. As impressive of a feat as that is, I kept him off the top spot because they came against an FCS school and Pierce accomplished his feat on the road against a tema form an AQ conference. Moniz was due for a big game and this was the perfect situation for it. In addition to seven touchdown passes, Moniz completed 30 of 40 passes for 424 yards. Those are some awfully good numbers. It’s a shame that this game was on so late at night though because I had to get to bed at some point and halftime was not until at least 1:30 a.m. on the east coast. My loss.

3. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos

It seems like a requirement to have Moore on the Detmer Ballot on a weekly basis, but he deserves it. Against Tulsa Moore was 23-of-29 for 279 yards and four touchdowns. This month he has completed 79% of his passes for 12 touchdowns. I’m tired of people telling me he is not a good quarterback and will never make it in the NFL. I don’t care. He’s making it now, and that’s all that matters.

4. QB Case Keenum, Houston Cougars

Sure, he did it against another FCS program, but Houston’s Case Keenum continues to be a a top flight passer, completing 29 of his 34 attempts for 415 yards and a measly two touchdowns in a rout for the Cougars. It’s just good to see this kid continue to come back strong after last season.

5. WR Jordan White, Western Michigan Broncos

Jordan White had 14 catches for 132 yards to help give Wester Michigan a fighter’s chance against Illinois. He only managed to score one touchdown, but I felt his performance was worth noting this week. He is currently second in the nation in receiving yards.

About the Author

Kevin McGuire
Contributor to College Football Talk on NBCSports.com. Also a contributor to Athlon Sports and The Comeback. Member of Football Writers Association of America and National Football Foundation. Follow on Twitter @KevinOnCFB.
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