Kellen Moore Leads Week 1 Heisman Race Ahead of Luck, James and Richardson

S. FordContributor IISeptember 4, 2011

Kellen Moore Picked Apart the Georgia Defense With Surgical Precistion completing over 82% of his passes to 9 different receivers.
Kellen Moore Picked Apart the Georgia Defense With Surgical Precistion completing over 82% of his passes to 9 different receivers.Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Week 1 of college football is now pretty much in the books and of the top four Heisman hopefuls Kellen Moore, senior QB for the Boise State Broncos has clearly established himself as the frontrunner in what many thought was a race that was set up for Andrew Luck of Stanford to lose.

Andrew Luck, the preseason favorite for the coveted award was poised to put up ridiculous numbers as he faced off against WAC cellar dweller and one of the worst pass defenses in college football in San Jose State. Even though the Cardinals dominated the Spartans throughout the game, Luck had what many would consider a lackluster performance for a quarterback fighting for the Heisman.

Luck finished the contest 17 of 26 for 171 yards and two TDs with no interceptions.  His 65 percent completion rate and 171 total yards were functional, yet still rate him a very pedestrian performance against competition the likes of San Jose State.

LaMichael James, last year's leading rusher and considered by many to be a close second to Luck in the preseason Heisman race walked into Texas Stadium to face the depleted defense of the Tigers of LSU with high hopes for a breakout game in the season opener for the Ducks.

The Tigers defense had different ideas and held James to just 54 yards on 18 carries. James averaged only three yards per carry and scored one touchdown. James was slightly limited in his play after suffering a minor ankle injury early.

For Alabama, Trent Richardson had just 37 yards on 13 carries against Kent State (a team not known for its ability to shut down SEC running backs) and averaged less than three yards per carry in the Alabama route.

Of the top four candidates, Kellen Moore had the shining performance of the day as he completed an astonishing 28 of his 34 passes for a connection rate of 82.3 percent with three TDs and one interception. 

Moore was without his dynamic team of Young and Pettis and also forfeited starting speedster Geraldo Bolewijn who didn’t make the trip for potential eligibility reasons yet still put up stupid numbers while completing passes to nine different receivers. 

Moore’s performance was exceptionally impressive in that he completely dismantled what many had considered to be one the of the best defenses in the Southeastern conference in Georigia. 

Credit the experienced offensive line of Boise State for not letting Moore taste the turf during the game at the Georgia Dome despite facing a significant size disadvantage against the Georgia Defensive line.

History would dictate that Luck, James and Richardson will still remain ahead of Moore in the Heisman race simply because of the benefit from a large conference bias, but if Week 1 is any indicator of the remainder of the season, maintaining the status quo of the first game could very well see the diminutive quarterback from Boise State shuffling home with the hardware.