Alex Carder’s big outing at UConn highlights weekly ballot
It may shock some people to not see Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore on my ballot this week, but after going a pedestrian 19 for 33 for 142 yards and throwing two interceptions, I just did not feel he deserved to be in my top five this week. Remember, the Detmer Award is a weekly award and not an award based on your entire season.
While Moore typically is among the top names on my ballot and does not appear this week, Houston’s Case Keenum is a lock once again.
Here is my ballot for this week’s Detmer Award voting, organized by the guys over at Saturday Blitz.
1. QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan Broncos
Western Michigan’s quarterback tossed five touchdown passes against UConn to lead the Broncos to a 38-31 victory and a 3-2 record. Alex Carder also completed 72.5% of his passes for 479 yards and he avoided throwing an interception. After a slow start in the first couple of weeks, Carder has been warming up with a pair of 300-yard games. Three red zone touchdown passes on the road is a pretty nice stat too for any quarterback.
2. QB Case Keenum, Houston Cougars
Keenum went 30 for 46 for 471 yards in a shootout against Conference USA foe UTEP. The Miners brought pressure all game long, showing that Houston may have a weakness, but Keenum responded well just about every time by getting rid of the football and throwing some nice passes to his receivers. He only threw two touchdowns but he avoided turning the ball over in the air and he got rid of the football before taking a sack in impressive fashion.
As I said on Friday, we know now that Keenum is the key for Houston this season, but they absolutely need to give him some better protection.
3. WR Darius Johnson, SMU
Johnson had a season-high in receptions and receiving yards as SMU snapped TCU’s 22-game home winning streak. His 12 catches for 152 yards included two touchdowns, including the score that put SMU up 33-17 in the fourth quarter before the Horned Frogs rallied.
4. QB Riley Nelson, BYU
One wonders what Nelson would have done in a full game against his former school, Utah State. Since coming in to the game in the third quarter for BYU Friday night Nelson completed 10 of 14 passes for 144 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Cougars to a thrilling victory against an in-state rival. He may not have the numbers to validate being recognized as one of the top performers, but anyone who watched the game will probably tell you that he was able to keep plays alive and the way he rallied the Cougars was pretty fun to watch. Therefore he is worth a nod this week.
5. QB Kriss Proctor, Navy
The Midshipmen were upset at home in overtime by Air Force, but Proctor put up some good numbers in a losing effort. Proctor passed for a season high 132 yards and a touchdown (was intercepted once), and rushed for 134 yards and three touchdowns. In other words, it was a typical day at the office for a Navy quarterback.