A dual-threat 4-star quarterback out of Texas, Griffin stayed in-state to play for Baylor. His freshman year, he threw for over 2,000 yards and rushed for over 850, getting people very excited for his future.
Unfortunately, as a sophomore, Griffin tore his ACL and had to redshirt. But when he got back onto the field the next year, you could tell he was all the way healthy. Griffin lit things up with 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns in the air, as well as an extra 635 on the ground with eight scores there. Griffin also completed 67 percent of his passes and really set himself up to have a big 2011.
But no one could have predicted just how big.
In almost 100 less attempts than the year before, Griffin threw for a shade under 4,000 yards, completing over 72 percent of his passes for 36 touchdowns. That in and of itself might be enough to win him the Heisman, but he also ran for 644 yards and nine more TDs on the ground.
I would call those Cam Newton-like numbers, but that would be a disservice to what Griffin did in the air. Last year, Newton threw for over 1,000 yards less, although he did end up rushing for almost 1,000 yards more than Griffin. All in all, their seasons are comparable in their excellence and entertainment.
If I'm the Heisman voters, Luck is only getting the trophy if it's a lifetime achievement award, because I think Griffin clearly had the more outstanding season.