Keenum makes his Case for top spot
Here is my ballot for this week’s Detmer Award voting, organized by the guys over at Saturday Blitz.
1. QB Case Keenum, Houston
Case Keenum became the all-time leader in career offensive yards on Saturday as he torched Marshall in Conference USA play, and now his eyes are set on the NCAA record for career passing yards, which he should be taking down in the next few weeks. Against Marshall Keenum tossed six (SIX!) touchdowns and completed 24 of 28 pass attempts for 376 yards. Look for Keenum to put up some big numbers the next couple weeks, with Rice, UAB and Tulane on the schedule.
2. QB Kellen Moore, Boise State
Mr. Accuracy was at it again as Boise State hosted their first Mountain West Conference game in program history. Kellen Moore completed 23 of his 29 pass attempts for 281 yards and three touchdowns in Boise State’s win against Air Force. While some have criticized Boise State for struggling against the Falcons, they won’t get that treatment from me. I can see why they would be criticized though. Air Force ranks 105th in total defense but is 48th against the pass. Against a defense like that Moore should have been in line for a solid outing.
3. QB Dominique Davis, East Carolina
Talk about consistency. East Carolina’s Dominique Davis completed 40 of 45 pass attempts in the Pirates’ 38-35 win against Navy. Those passes amounted to 372 yards through the air and a pair of touchdowns but what really grabs my attention is completing 26-straight passes! That is almost worthy enough by itself to be included on my weekly ballot for the Detmer Award.
4. TE David Blackburn, Central Michigan
Entering the week Central Michigan tight end David Blackburn had a season high in yardage of 83 yards (last week against Eastern Michigan). Against Ball State he more than doubled that. Blackburn had a 60-yard reception to help pile up yardage against the Cardinals as he recorded nearly 200 yards in the receiving stat sheet. Blackburn had 194 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns, also a season high, but Central Michigan still lost in MAC play.
5. QB Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
Aplin may not have had a dominant passing day, completing 14 of his 24 passes for 147 yards and one touchdown (also intercepted once) but he certainly made an impact in the running game for Arkansas State in their Sun Belt win against Florida International. Aplin rushed 21 times for 164 yards and two touchdowns in the big conference win against the preseason favorites in the Sun Belt.