NEW YORK—Quarterback Robert Griffin III won the Heisman Trophy on Dec. 10, becoming the 77th recipient of college sports’ highest award and the first in Baylor University’s history.
Heisman voters selected Griffin over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Luck, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Louisiana State cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
RG3, as fans throughout “Baylor Nation” know him, wore a new suit and brightly colored Superman socks for the occasion at Best Buy Theater in Times Square.
The redshirt junior—who already earned his undergraduate degree in political science from Baylor in three years, is working on a master’s degree in communications and plans to apply for Baylor Law School if he doesn’t go to the NFL—accounted for 45 touchdowns this season. Griffin ran for 100 or more yards twice and threw for 300 yards or more nine games this season.
Baylor notes Giffin also is:
• No. 1 in the nation in pass efficiency (on pace for a new NCAA record) and points responsibility
• Top-5 nationally in total offense, touchdown passes and completion percentage
• Owner of 51 Baylor records, including season and career marks for passing yards, passing touchdowns, completion percentage, total yards and total touchdowns
• Davey O'Brien Award winner
• Walter Camp Player of the Year finalist
• Manning Award finalist
• Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist
• Wuerffel Award finalist
• Academic All-District VII and 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team selection
• Four-time national player of the week
• One of three players in FBS history with 10,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing
• 2011 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year
• 2011 Big 12 All Conference First Team.