Heisman Trophy names five finalists, Kellen Moore not one of them

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 03: Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos calls a play against the New Mexico Lobos at Bronco Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)

The Heisman Trophy, with its pomp and circumstance and occasional gifting of the Trophy to posthumously ineligible players, revealed its group of finalists yesterday. Baylor's Robert Griffin, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Wisconsin's Montee Ball, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, and Alabama's Trent Richardson will be in New York for the ceremony. Kellen Moore will not.

For that matter, neither will LaMichael James, a finalist last year and the nation's leading rusher on a Rose Bowl team this year. Ditto for Case Keenum and Matt Barkley.

The point is that there were a lot of deserving Heisman candidates this season and no clear-cut favorite. Kellen Moore did nothing to lose his spot as a returning finalist. He had his best season as a Bronco and set the NCAA all-time wins record. Circumstances changed. Stuff happened (field goal stuff). Did he deserve to be recognized as one of college football's best players? Yes. Do expectations and reality match up in college football? Rarely.

You can blame the system for choosing predestined NFL stars like Andrew Luck over statistically better players like Moore. You can blame Boise State for its Heisman non-campaign. Or you can just enjoy the fact that Boise State has had one of the Top Six players in the country for two years running. I imagine we'll be thinking about this a lot once Fall Camp hits.

(HT: 82-0)

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