Why Robert Griffin III Should Be Considered for the Heisman Trophy

Tom GuthrieContributor IIINovember 20, 2011

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Robert Griffin III's performance against Oklahoma Saturday night was truly masterful. Leading an 80-yard touchdown drive into the wind with no timeouts and less than a minute to play to beat the fifth-ranked Sooners capped off an unbelievable performance for RG3 and proved why his name should be in the thick of the Heisman Trophy discussion.

Griffin accounted for 551 total yards of offense and four touchdowns against Oklahoma and made several crucial plays for the Bears. After struggling initially against OU's athletic yet inconsistent defense, Griffin took control, and eventually, the Sooners literally couldn't stop him. 

Although many will probably dismiss him as a candidate because his team has three losses and is not in the national championship picture, Griffin is as valuable to his team as anyone in the country, and without him, there is no way Baylor would nearly as good as they are now.

The skills he brings as a highly effective passer and runner make him without a doubt one of the best players in college football right now. 

Adding to his resume are his statistics, which are off the charts. He has now thrown for 3,572 yards with 33 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

He has also rushed for five touchdowns, and his running ability transcends his statistics; it's obvious that he is a very serious running threat and can make plays all game long with his feet more effectively than any other quarterback in the country. 

As for a Heisman moment, you couldn't script a better one than the final drive he led against Oklahoma.

It's worth repeating that he drove his team 80 yards, into the wind, with no timeouts, to the game-winning touchdown against a national championship-contending team that Baylor had never beaten. 

Considering all these factors, it's clear that Robert Griffin III should be considered as seriously as anyone else for the 2011 Heisman Trophy.