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Detmer Award Ballot: Case Keenum surprises nobody

Bernard Pierce dashes for the end zone. Photo credit: Rick Kauffman, Buzz on Broad.

 Closing in on the Detmer Award

We are starting to get down to the final stages of the Detmer Award voting, as orchestrated by our friends over at Saturday Blitz. Here is my ballot for this weekend’s consideration.

1. QB Case Keenum, Houston

Just another day at the office for Houston’s Case Keenum, right? With a chance to host the Conference USA championship this coming weekend Keenum and the Cougars took care of business the way they know best: Let Keenum throw the football. Keenum passed for 457 yards and five touchdowns in Houston’s 48-16 win at Tulsa, who appeared to be a legitimate threat to the Cougars and their BCS hopes. Keenum now holds the FBS record for most career 300-yard passing games, with 37 games. He passed Hawaii quarterback Timmy Chang.

Keenum has passed for 300 or more yards every game this season and has passed for 400+ yards six times this season.

Bernard Pierce dashes for the end zone. Photo credit: Rick Kauffman, Buzz on Broad.

2. RB Bernard Pierce, Temple

Temple’s running back has had his health issues but when he is running at 100% he is awfully darn good. Against Kent State Pierce went off for 189 yards with three touchdown runs of over 15 yards (18, 25, 69). The kid just has a nasty cut in the open field that is difficult for most defensive players to adjust to on the fly, especially in the MAC. Pierce was named one of the MAC’s players of the week for his efforts. The question many want to know is whether or not he played his final game for Temple (in the regular season). He says he wants to takes things one step at a time. Take that for whatever it is.

3. RB Chris Nwoke, Colorado State

Sure, he did so against one of the worst rushing defenses in the country, but any time a back goes off for over 200 yards I feel it is worth mentioning. Colorado State’s Chris Nwoke rushed for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including a 62-yard touchdown run, against Air Force, which marks the second time in three games Nwoke has gone over 200 yards in a game. Watch out for this sophomore next season. He had a very good second half of the season as he became more of a factor in the offense, and should be a key player in 2012 for the Rams.

4. RB Latavius Murray, Central Florida

Another running back who eclipsed the 200-yard mark this weekend was Central Florida’s Latavius Murray. Murray racked up 233 yards on 21 carries and scored three touchdowns, including one receiving touchdown. What makes Murray’s outing so impressive, or surprising, is that it was the first time he had gone over 87 rushing yards in a game this season. The week before Murray rushed for a season high 87 yards against East Carolina, which was also the first time he was used as a primary running back (he had only touched the football more than 10 times twice this season out of the backfield). In his final two games this season Murray had 42 rushes for 320 yards and three rushing touchdowns (four total touchdowns)

5. WR Zack Kauth, Air Force

Zack Kauf had just three catches against Colorado State, which clearly does not sound all that impressive or worth noting in this feature. But consider that on those three catches Kauth totaled 123 yards and scored three touchdowns and you might reconsider his place in this week’s top five performers.

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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