We just had a poll on defensive player of the year for the non-AQs. Now we end the day with a poll asking you, "Who is going to be the offensive player of the non-AQs in 2011?"
Two of the players I selected are my players to watch in my spring wrap: Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore and San Diego State running back Ronnie Hillman. I have also included on this list Chandler Harnish of Northern Illinois, Bryant Moniz of Hawaii and G.J. Kinne of Tulsa.
Harnish had an outstanding junior season after many wondered whether or not he would be completely healthy for 2010. He ended up starting every game but one last season and threw for 2,530 yards, 21 touchdowns and five interceptions while adding 836 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground. With Chad Spann gone, the Huskies could rely more on him -- especially with a deep and talented receiving group.
Kinne is playing for his third offensive coordinator in three years at Tulsa. He flourished last season en route to Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year honors, leading the team in passing (3,650 yards) and rushing (561 yards). Moniz threw for 5,040 yards -- tops in the NCAA last season -- though he does lose his two leading receivers. Hillman led all freshmen with 1,532 yards rushing and could be even better in 2011.
But it is a no-brainer to pick Moore once again as the non-AQ offensive player of the year. Do we sound like a broken record yet?