Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III Wins Heisman Trophy
After leading Baylor to a nine-win season and its highest ranking in over two decades, Bears quarterback Robert Griffin III became the school’s first Heisman Trophy winner Saturday night. Griffin edged out preseason favorite Andrew Luck of Stanford for football’s most prestigious award.
Griffin finished with 405 first-place votes and 1,687 points, topping Luck’s 247 first-place votes and 1,407 points. Luck became the fourth player in history to finish second in the Heisman voting in back-to-back years.
Alabama running back Trent Richardson finished third with 138 first-place votes and 978 points. Wisconsin running back Montee Ball (348 points) and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu (327) finished a distant fourth and fifth, respectively.
This year, Griffin led the Bears to their first nine-win season since 1986 and helped Baylor beat Oklahoma for the first time in school history. He now holds 46 different school records at Baylor.
An All-American in the 400-meter hurdles, Griffin chose football over an Olympic track career and has almost single-handedly turned the Baylor football program around. With 3,998 passing yards to go with 36 touchdowns and just six interceptions, Griffin leads the nation in passing efficiency in a single season (192.3), an NCAA record. RG3 has also added 644 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. The fourth-year junior is one of only three players in FBS history with 10,000 yards passing and 2,000 rushing in a career.