Robert Griffin III: 5 Reasons the Baylor QB Should Win the Heisman Trophy

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IDecember 10, 2011

Robert Griffin III: 5 Reasons the Baylor QB Should Win the Heisman Trophy

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    Robert Griffin III, the dynamic quarterback of the Baylor Bears, appears to be the favorite to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy.

    After a season in which he threw for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns, he's certainly a deserving candidate.

    But, is Griffin the best candidate? Trent Richardson, Montee Ball, Andrew Luck and Tyrann Mathieu are also very deserving candidates.

    With all the talent that will be present in New York Saturday night at the Heisman ceremony, it's tough to stand out above the rest.

    Here are five reasons RGIII deserves the Heisman Trophy.

5. Character

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    Part of the Heisman Trophy criteria is that the recipient must display good character.

    Griffin is a stand-up guy who has been a role model during his years at Baylor. He's got swagger, but that confidence doesn't lead him to think he's a larger-than-life icon.

    He stays out of trouble, and that's a respectable trait in today's scandal-a-plenty world of college football.

4. Leadership

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    Griffin has been through a lot during his tenure at Baylor.

    In 2009, he suffered an injury that kept him from playing most of the season.

    In 2010, he came back and played better than ever, and has improved even more in 2011.

    Griffin is the unquestioned leader of the Baylor team and one of the best leaders in college football.

3. Ball Control

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    RGIII knows how to take care of the football.

    In his three-plus years of playing quarterback at Baylor, he's thrown only 17 interceptions. Considering he's thrown the ball 1,159 times, that's only one interception for every 68 pass attempts.

    Griffin gives his team a chance to win, and that's all you can ask for.

2. He's Clutch

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    Baylor has won four games by seven points or less this season.

    Without Griffin, the Bears probably would have lost at least three of those games.

    Whether it's an exciting 50-48 come-from-behind win over TCU or an embarrassing 31-30 overtime victory against a terrible Kansas team, Griffin is there for his team when they need him the most.

    His season has plenty of "Heisman" moments. He knows how to win close ballgames.

1. He's the Total Package

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    Griffin threw for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns in 2011. He also ran for 644 yards and another nine touchdowns.

    RGIII is a true dual-threat quarterback who can do whatever it takes to win.

    And, with those eye-popping numbers, it's hard to argue that he doesn't deserve to win the Heisman Trophy. Expect him to be hoisting the trophy in New York Saturday night.