What did Robert Griffin III’s Heisman 2011 Heisman run teach us about the most coveted individual award in American sport?
Coming into last season virtually a nobody had Baylor’s Robert Griffin III as even a “remote possibility” to win the Heisman trophy.
Yes, the short lists of top candidates to win the title of “best college football player” were completely devoid of RGIII, as were the subsequent rankings of “contenders” and then “long shots.”
What Baylor’s QB winning the Heisman taught us is that since we can’t predict the script that will eventually become the story of a specific season in college football, we can’t accurately forecast who will win the big prize.
Really, who had Baylor going 10-3 and beating Oklahoma and Texas?
RGIII stepping up to the podium in New York City last December means that not only can anyone win the Heisman, but it also means that anyone can lose it, including the hands-on, best odds, sure shot favorites.
The following slideshow pinpoints 10 preseason Heisman hopefuls (some are admittedly higher up on the charts than others) who could fall completely off the radar in a surprisingly rapid fashion.