I got invited earlier this year to take part in our friend Kyle Kensing's "Detmer Award" over at Saturday Blitz. What exactly is the "Detmer Award"? Here is how he describes it:

The five non-BCS conferences and 75 percent of the independents are differentiated from the Big Six in virtually every other facet, so it only makes sense the best players from this subdivision-subdivision have an award for its best player. Just as fitting is for this honor to bear the name of the last player from one of these universities to win college football’s top honor, 1990 Heisman winner and BYU quarterback Ty Detmer. SaturdayBlitz.com will track this completely exclusive field’s progress throughout the season.

We are honored to be asked to vote on this award alongside such great bloggers like Patrick Johnson from Big East Coast Bias, the guys from the Upset Blog, the Navy Bird Dog, and Kevin McGuire of the National Football Examiner (and virtually every other college football blog on the internet) among others. Here is my week nine ballot from last week. Here are the cumulative results for the entire year from the group (and this weeks ballots from everybody involved). You have to click on the link but I will say that Kellen Moore is still in second place. Speaking of Moore, if you missed our article from the other week make sure you click here to read it.

Here is my week nine ballot based on game performance and remember, this is a week by week voting. We are not voting on their cumulative play for the entire season. Points are given each week and the one with the most points at the end of the year will get the award. Feel free to chime in with who you would have voted for based on last weeks performance...


#1 Chandler Harnish, QB, NIU- Harnish and NIU were center stage for #MACtion on Tuesday night as they won 63-60 over Toledo. Harnish was a big reason as he compiled some impressive statistics- 17/26, 265, 6 TD, 0 INT, also ran for 133 yards. NIU won when Harnish hit Perez Ashford on a 4 yd pass with 19 seconds left.


QUAD_KEENUM2#2 Case Keenum, QB, Houston- Had a record setting day as he became the NCAA all-time leader in passing yards. He led his undefeated Cougars to a 43 point blow-out of UAB as he went 39 of 44 for 407 yards and 2 TD. He also added 2 TD runs on the day.

img.php#3 Ryan Aplin, QB, Arkansas State- My Ryan Aplin love-fest continues this week as he led the Red Wolves to their 7th win and they are now 5-0 in the Sun Belt. He threw for 244 yards and 1 TD and ran for 49 yards and 4 TDs (yes 4 TDs)

Kellen_Moore#4 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State- Boise struggled a bit with UNLV in the first half but pulled away late behind Moore’s 5 TD passes.


#5 Blaine Gautier, QB, Louisiana- The Rajin Cajuns pulled off another win this week to move to 8-2 on the year and 6-1 in the Sun Belt. Gautier went 30 of 47 through the air for 355 yards and 4 TDs. He also led the team in rushing with 59 yards. Blaine led his team from down two scores in closing minutes including a 16 yd toss to Darryl Surgent with 2:05 left in the game.

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