Jeff Gravley

RG3 got my Heisman vote

Posted December 12, 2011

I was asked to vote for this year's Heisman Trophy and was very honored to do so. We were asked to keep our voting private until the announcement and while I shared my final three, it's not until now that my order is revealed.

I voted for Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III to win the Heisman followed by Alabama running back Trent Richardson and Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Griffin simply had a spectacular year with 3998 yards passing and 644 yards rushing. (He lost 188 yards rushing mostly because of sacks.) 

A play that really caught my eye was against Oklahoma. The game was tied at 38 with 8 seconds to go. Griffin scrambled left, stopped on a dime and tossed a perfectly placed, arching touchdown for the game winning score. He had 479 yards and 4 touchdowns against the Sooners. In the final win over Texas, RG III had 320 yards passing with 2 scores and he ran for 2 more. In a 1-point loss at Kansas State, Griffin passed for 346 and 5 touchdowns. How did he do against Oklahoma State? 425 yards with 1 passing and 1 rushing touchdown.

Those are Heisman performances in what has been the top ranked conference this year, according to various computer outputs. There are some SEC folks who say Griffin would be eaten alive in their league. Puhleez!! He would succeed in any conference. 

And he's not just a good football player.

Robert Griffin III defines a student-athlete. He graduated 7th at Copperas Cove High School in Texas. At Baylor, Griffin finished in 3-years with an undergraduate degree in political science and a GPA of 3.69. He is currently in the Baylor communications graduate program.

That's what I call a complete player. Now Robert Griffin III has a Heisman trophy and I'm glad I voted for him.  

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  • tjdebord Dec 13, 2011

    Agree 100%, Jeff. To me it was a no-brainer.

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