Non-AQ Top 25 Players: No. 1

No. 1 Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State

One of the best quarterbacks in the nation is the no-brainer choice as the top non-AQ player of 2010. Moore has been nothing short of brilliant for two consecutive seasons. His play in 2010 got him to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist, the first such Boise State player to be honored. He finished fourth. Moore also was a finalist for the Davey O’Brien and Maxwell awards and the WAC Co-Offensive Player of the Year.

In all, Moore threw for a career-high 3,845 yards, 35 touchdowns and six interceptions in his junior season, completing a terrific 71 percent of his passes to rank No. 1 in the nation for passing efficiency. His detractors point to the weak competition served up in the WAC as the big reason his numbers are so good, but anybody who has watched Moore play knows that is a fallacy. He has the incredible ability to find his receivers and get them the ball where only they can catch it. He rarely makes mistakes, and has the smarts to throw the ball away instead of forcing something.

Moore is a student of the game, and it shows every time he takes the field with his poise, leadership and ability to stay away from making mistakes. If poor competition meant putting up big numbers, then why don’t more quarterbacks have stat sheets that look like his?

Moore has another season to prove himself, and he will face better competition in the Mountain West in 2011. He also will have to play without Titus Young and Austin Pettis. But given what we have seen from Moore over the past several seasons, there is no question his name should be mentioned once again as a Heisman Trophy contender.