College Football Heisman Trophy Watch: Where Baylor's Robert Griffin III Stands

David LutherFeatured ColumnistOctober 1, 2011

WACO, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Robert Griffin #10 of the Baylor Bears drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The 2011 college football season is ripe with storyline after storyline this season, but one of the more pleasantly surprising stories has been about the Baylor Bears and their standout quarterback, Robert Griffin III.

Griffin, or “RG3,” has been absolutely dynamite for the Bears in 2011. He is, without question, the biggest reason for their early success, 3-0 start, and No. 15 ranking in the B/R Top 25.

There are plenty of amazing stats to look at, but perhaps the most mind-blowing one is his completion rate. RG3 has thrown 82 passes and completed 70, giving him 12 incompletions through three weeks. Of the 70 completed passes, 13 have been for touchdowns, none for interceptions.

That's 13 touchdowns, 12 incompletions, zero interceptions.

Wow. Just wow.

Here are some more stats for you. Griffin ranks first in the FBS in terms of completion percentage (85.4), second in yards per attempt (11.7), tied for fourth in touchdowns passes, tied for first in interceptions thrown (none), and first in QB rating (236.24). All of this while ranking just 96th in the FBS in pass attempts.

Don't think that his relatively low number of pass attempts has anything to do with his amazing accuracy, either. While he may not be throwing 40 passes every game, he leads that third-best scoring offense, the seventh-best passing offense, and the third-best total offensive team in the FBS.

Baylor also has done something plenty of teams with Heisman contends haven't done: beaten a Top 25 team.

In Week 1, Baylor topped then-No. 15 TCU in thrilling fashion at home.

In the next two games, Baylor took FCS then-No. 19 Stephen F. Austin and Rice out behind the Baylor woodshed, beating those two teams by a combined 104-31.

So where does RG3 stand on Heisman watch lists?

If he's not near the top, he should be.

There are numerous Heisman-caliber quarterbacks this year in the FBS. Among those generally considered top contenders are Boise State's Kellen Moore, Stanford's Andrew Luck, Oklahoma's Landry Jones, Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden and Michigan's Denard Robinson—among others.

Without question, you have to put Robert Griffin III on the same list right in with those names.

Any time a quarterback is mentioned in the same breath as Kellen Moore, Denard Robinson and Andrew Luck, you know he's good.

As long as Baylor keeps winning, RG3's name will keep climbing the Heisman watch list.