Robert Griffin III becomes first Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor history
At the 77th annual Heisman Trophy presentation, Robert Griffin III did something that has never been done before as he became the first Heisman Trophy winner in Baylor history.
Griffin beat out Stanford quarterback, Andrew Luck, by 280 points. For comparison, last year’s winner Cam Newton beat Luck by 1,184 points.
2011 Heisman Trophy Voting
This is the fifth time in the last six seasons that a quarterback has won the sport’s top honor.
Baylor is the sixth different school in the state of Texas with a Heisman, joining Texas, Texas A&M, Houston, TCU and SMU. No other state has had more than three schools with a winner (California, Florida).
Baylor is ranked 15th in the pre-bowl AP poll. It’s the lowest pre-bowl ranking for a Heisman winner’s team since Ricky Williams’ Texas squad was No. 20 in 1998, and the second-lowest in the last 25 seasons. Williams is also the last player from a Texas-based school to win the award.
Griffin is the first Heisman winner from a school that has never won a national championship since Wisconsin's Ron Dayne in 1999.
The junior quarterback has been Mr. Big Play, with half of his 36 TD passes having covered 35 yards or more. He's on pace to set the single-season passing efficiency record, thanks in part to his 10.8 yards per pass attempt, which is third-best in FBS history behind Michael Vick and Ty Detmer.
Griffin leads the nation with a passing efficiency rating of 192.3, which would be an NCAA single-season record if he can sustain it through his team’s bowl game. As good a mark as that is, Griffin has been even better when the game has been on the line.
When the game is in the second half, and the scoring margin is within eight points, his passing efficiency rating is 211.8, with seven touchdowns and only one interception.
When it came to pressure, Griffin handled it as well as any other quarterback in the nation. Griffin completed over 70 percent of his pass attempts when opponents blitzed this season with 11 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Griffin is the fifth Heisman winner from the Big 12 Conference and 29th quarterback ever honored.