Robert Griffin III, Baylor 359 yds., 5 TDs
While there are running backs and wide receivers that deserve mention for the Heisman Trophy, once again at the end of the 2011 regular season a quarterback will embrace the trophy.
After the first week of college football, the two early contenders have to be Kellen Moore and Robert Griffin III, or RG3 as his teammates call him.
Last night Griffin led his Baylor Bears to an exciting 50-48 upset victory over 14th-ranked TCU. Griffin completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards and a 77.8 completion percentage. He connected for five TDs and no interceptions. His longest pass went for 64 yards as he averaged an outstanding 13.3 yards per completion with an overall 250.6 RAT.
Although Kellen Moore’s statistics were not as impressive as RG3’s, Moore’s Boise State Broncos were facing a much tougher defense in the Georgia Bulldogs.
Moore completed 28 of 34 for an incredible 82.3 completion percentage and 261yards in a 35-21 Boise State win. He threw for three TDs and had one interception. He averaged 7.7 yards per completion.
Next week Baylor faces Stephen F. Austin who obliterated McMurry University on Thursday, 82-6. No, that is not a typo.
Boise State has a bye next week. Their next opponent is Toledo on September 16th.
With LSU’s victory over Oregon, the Broncos should move into the No. 4 slot in the Top Ten right behind LSU. Of all the nationally ranked teams, the Broncos have the easiest schedule and a good chance to run the table. The toughest game remaining is against TCU, the team that RG3’s Baylor upset on Friday.
One other top quarterback deserves mention, and that is Stanford’s Andrew Luck. His statistics today were not as great as Griffin’s or Moore’s because he only played in the first half as Stanford throttled San Jose State 57-3.
But as the season continues with both Boise State and Stanford being nationally ranked, Moore and Luck will no doubt get much more attention than RG3. Although Griffin could be the best in college football, the Heisman voters may overlook him.