RG3, Your Heisman WinnerSaturday, December 10, 2011
In the end, it might have been that extra game.
Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III completed his late-season surge up the rankings by surpassing the preseason favorites en route to winning the 77th Annual Heisman Trophy Saturday, college football’s highest honor. Griffin cemented his statue-winning status one week ago, accounting for total four touchdowns (2 pass, 2 rush) and 352 yards in a rout of No. 22 Texas on national television.
RG3 made the most of his favorable schedule, taking advantage of the fact that his two main competitors, Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Alabama’s Trent Richardson, were idle at home instead of being able to rack up stats on the field. Griffin would not succumb to the pressure of having the country’s attention on him, instead calmly posting his sixth game in which he had a passer rating of 200-plus. Luck, by contrast, was not able to eclipse the 200 mark in any game this season.
Though he solidified his chances against Texas, Griffin was the correct choice as he had been outstanding all season long. The junior amassed a great touchdown-to-interception, throwing 36 scores and only six picks, while throwing for 3,998 yards and completing 72.4 percent of his passes. On the ground, Griffin rushed for another 644 yards and nine more scores for a total of 45. His 386.8 yards per game ranked second in the nation, only trailing Case Keenum and the inflated 392.2 passing yards he racked up each game.
Those stats alone might have been enough to be bring home the hardware, but the fact that Griffin is on pace to set an NCAA-record for passing efficiency gave him the edge over his competitors. He’s on pace to surpass Hawaii quarterback Colt Brennan’s record of 186.0, smashing the record with an average of 192.3 each game this season. Griffin, in the interest of fun with numbers, needs to post a 179.9 rating in his final game against Washington to wrestle the record away from Brennan.
In short, the committee got it right. Griffinwas the right choice for the Heisman; he was the best overall player in the country, as well as the most valuable to his team. The stats were excellent, as well as his intangibles. There was a reason Griff made that late-season surge; he was the best man for the job.