I only have one player from last week’s Detmer Award ballot returning to my ballot for this week, and I admit I even questioned that decision a bit. The good news is that Kellen Moore is back on my ballot after a Friday night victory following a bye week. And I also get onboard the Ronnie Hillman train and wonder why it took me so long to do so.
Here is my ballot for this week’s Detmer Award voting, organized by the guys over at Saturday Blitz.
1. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State Broncos
Kellen Moore was off last week, so he had plenty of time to study film and prepare for whatever Toledo was going to throw his way. As expected, Moore picked apart Toledo for big numbers. Moore’s 455 yards and five touchdowns in a 40-15 victory at Toledo, fresh off a strong showing against Ohio State in Columbus. I had a Twitter exchange with one college football fan who refuses to give Moore Heisman consideration because he plays for Boise State and hasn’t played anybody. Excuse me, but this season alone Moore has performed well on the road against a MAC favorite and against an SEC program in their neck of the woods. Oh yeah, Moore and Boise State have won some big games in the past too, in case you forgot.
2. RB Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State Aztecs
Ronnie Hillman scored the first two touchdowns of the day for San Diego State, playing host to Washington State, but his two touchdowns in the fourth quarter came in the clutch to give the Aztecs a lead and some breathing room against the Pac 12 opponent. Hillman rushed for 191 yards and an average of six yards per carry to lead San Diego State to a 42-24 win. It’s been a little overdue that I pay respect to Hillman, who already has eight touchdowns and is about to go over 500 rushing yards for the season.
3. QB Case Keenum, Houston Cougars
For a long time it looked like Case Keenum and Houston were in danger of a humiliating defeat at Louisiana Tech, but Keenum turned it on in the clutch to lead Houston to a 35-34 victory on the road. Keenum was intercepted twice but I give him credit for shrugging them off and throwing for three touchdowns and 351 yards, leading Houston to 21 fourth-quarter points. I have a solid feeling Keenum and Houston put up some big numbers this weekend against Georgia State.
4. RB Ja’Terian Douglas, Tulsa Golden Hurricane
Most people didn’t stay up late enough to watch Tulsa’s home game against Oklahoma State, and I don’t blame you. But you did miss Ja’Terian Douglas ripping off a career high 173 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns against the Cowboys. With G.J. Kinne going down with a knee injury early on Tulsa had little chance to pull off the upset in the middle of the night, but Douglas was able to come up with a big game.
5. QB Matt Schilz, Bowling Green Falcons
He threw two interceptions but Matt Schilz made up for it with four touchdown passes and 437 passing yards. Schilz led the Falcons to two fourth-quarter scoring drives and capped them each with touchdown passes but Wyoming blocked an extra point attempt to prevent Schilz and company from winning. I’m starting to wonder if we are seeing the return of the big passing numbers in the MAC. Schilz, along with Northern Illinois’ Chandler Harnish, could be one of the guys to help bring it back after a couple of down years.