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Robert Griffin III: Is His Heisman Trophy Rise the Most Unprecedented Ever?

WACO, TX - DECEMBER 03:  Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears runs onto the field before a game against the Texas Longhorns at Floyd Casey Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Randy ChambersAnalyst IDecember 9, 2011

Did anybody have Robert Griffin III winning the Heisman this season? How about on the watch list or even gave him the slimmest chances of winning the award?

The answer is probably no to all of those questions.

What Robert Griffin III has done this season has been unbelievable: the 72 percent completion percentage; the nearly 4,000 passing yards and the 45 touchdowns; the 644 yards and nine rushing touchdowns; and there was even a point in the season where he threw for more touchdowns than incompletions.

All of those statistics are amazing and very few could match those.

But it's the fact that he did it playing for Baylor that makes everything even more amazing. He led the Bears to a 9-3 record, which is the most wins since 1986. This is a team that rarely ever makes a bowl game and is almost always at the cellar of the Big 12. This season with Griffin they competed with all of the powerhouses and beat Oklahoma for the first time and Texas.

The victory over the Longhorns was the first back-to-back wins over Texas since 1989 and 1988.

Griffin has put up these numbers and accomplishments without a fantastic line that Andrew Luck has played behind. Luck has been sacked a total of nine times and Griffin has been sacked a total of 23. That number would also be a lot higher if it wasn't for his running ability.

He doesn't have fantastic receivers like Brandon Weeden or Landry Jones. Kendall Wright is a great receiver but that's the only weapon he has on offense. The rest of the players are a result of Griffin making them better.

As far as the schedule goes, he hasn't played a cupcake schedule like Andrew Luck did. Baylor played a total of five ranked teams and several other Big 12 teams that are extremely competitive. They only lost three games and two of those losses where a result of the defense failing to show up.

Griffin didn't have a big name coming into the season and in one season, Baylor and himself have a household name.

If Griffin in fact does win the Heisman tomorrow night, it will be the most unprecedented ever.



Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or Randy.Chambers7@yahoo.com

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