Kellen Moore leads 2010 HeismanPundit Poll

Terrelle Pryor a close second heading into showdown with Miami (Fla.)

Boise QB Kellen Moore makes the first national splash on the national Heisman debate. Sweet uni's too. (IconSMI)

Kellen Moore’s last minute drive on Monday night not only toppled the Virginia Tech Hokies, it turned the race for the 2010 Heisman Trophy upside down as well.

The Boise State quarterback’s come-from-behind heroics catapulted him into first place in the latest edition of the Heismanpundit.com Heisman Poll released on Wednesday (Sept. 8).  Moore tallied 31 total points and received 8 first-place votes from the 13-member panel of Heisman voters, improving upon his third-place standing in the preseason edition of the poll.  The junior threw for 218 yards and three touchdowns against Virginia Tech, moving his career record as a starting quarterback to 27-1.
“That was one of the most memorable opening-day performances in college football history,” said one voter.  “In one week, Kellen Moore has become the clear Heisman favorite. He is the little quarterback for the little team that could.”
Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor polled strongly as well following the Buckeyes’ opening-day win over Marshall.  He totaled 26 points and 3 first-place votes.  With a marquee matchup with Miami (Fla.) looming this Saturday, he has a chance to gain strength in next week’s poll.
Rounding out the top five were Michigan sophomore quarterback Denard Robinson (4 points, 1 first-place vote), Kansas State senior running back Daniel Thomas (4 points) and Oklahoma State senior running back Kendall Hunter (3 points, 1 first-place vote).
The Latest Poll, 9-8-2010

Player, total points (first place votes in parentheses)

1. Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State–31 (8)

2. Terrelle Pryor, QB, Ohio State–26 (3)

3T. Denard Robinson, QB, Michigan–4 (1)

Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State–4

5. Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State–3 (1)

6T. Case Keenum, QB, Houston–2

Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkanas–2

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford–2

Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon–2

10T. Matt Barkley, QB, USC–1

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama–1

About the Poll

The HeismanPundit.com Heisman Poll is made up of 13 Heisman voters from across the country. They vote for three players each week. Tabulations are made on a 3-2-1 basis, with three points awarded for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote and one point for a third-place vote.  The last two years the Heismanpundit poll was the most accurate in the country, picking five of the top six finishers in the Heisman vote in 2008 and the top four in 2009.

Members of the panel include: Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel, Teddy Greenstein and Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune, Olin Buchanan and Tom Dienhart of Rivals.com, Jenni Carlson of The Oklahoman, Bruce Feldman of ESPN.com, J.B. Morris of ESPN the Magazine, Austin Murphy, B.J. Schecter and Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated, plus Dick Weiss of the New York Daily News.

Chris Huston, owner of Heismanpundit.com, coordinates and also votes in the weekly poll.


2 comments on “Kellen Moore leads 2010 HeismanPundit Poll

  1. While watching the BSU vs. Va Tech game, I thought “this guy isn’t that good — what’s with all the hype?”

    He always seemed to be throwing off his back foot and floating his passes … I saw lots of passes fall short or barely get there.

    I guess you can’t argue with the results — he seems to keep on leading his Broncos to victory. But I have an uneducated hunch that he’s going to end up like Leinart — finesse lefty who’s great in college but may not cut it in the NFL.

    May he prove me wrong.

  2. Virginia Tech pressured him to his back foot and he still produced. To your point Frye, a shade under six feet and finesse arm usually do not an NFL star make, but many of the same criticisms were levied upon Drew Brees too.

    We at FCB choose to celebrate the college exploits in and of themselves, and let the NFL do what they choose to do with the talents. See:

    Smith, Paul
    Jacobs, Omar
    and probably Tebow, Tim

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