Robert Griffin III Injury: Baylor QB Leaving Game Won't Hurt Heisman Chances

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 26, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 26:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears passesl against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Cowboys Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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During tonight's game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders, Heisman hopeful Robert Griffin III took a hit late in the first quarter that prompted an early exit from the game.

The star quarterback took a shot to the head, and with ESPN reporting that he will not return, it's possible that he may have sustained a concussion.

Griffin will end the night completing seven of his 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 62 yards and two more scores.

The current race for the Heisman Trophy is, in the eyes of many, a three-man race between Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson and Robert Griffin III.

Although he's likely trailing in most polls, this injury shouldn't have any impact on the results in the Heisman race.

Griffin has become a star in the college football world with his performance over the last few seasons.

This year, he has put up numbers that simply make you shake your head.

He has completed 72.9 percent of his passes for 3,572 yards and thrown 33 touchdowns to just five interceptions. His 191.7 quarterback rating is second to only Wisconsin's Russell Wilson.

He has also rushed for 550 yards and five touchdowns.

What has been really impressive is his play against talented opponents.

Some of his best numbers have been posted against teams like Texas A&M, Oklahoma State and Oklahoma.

He threw for 479 yards and four touchdowns in the team's first ever win against the Sooners last week.

It's a real shame that Baylor isn't a better team overall. The Bears don't have a defense like Luck has in Stanford or Richardson in Alabama.

In fact, Baylor has the 110th scoring defense in the league.

If the team around Griffin were better, he would likely get much more recognition for what he has accomplished this season.

Hopefully, this injury is just a concussion, and Griffin can return next week. If that's the case, it shouldn't have any impact on his Heisman chances.