Robert Griffin III: Will Baylor Say Goodbye to Its Star After the Alamo Bowl?

Johnathan CaceCorrespondent IDecember 13, 2011

MANHATTAN, KS - OCTOBER 1: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears looks to pass during the game against the Kansas State Wildcats at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Manhattan, Kansas. The Wildcats won 36-35. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Baylor is more excited now about its football team than ever before, and it’s almost entirely because of quarterback Robert Griffin III. He beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson to win the Heisman trophy this year, but the celebration could short lived for Bear’s fans.

With his stellar play this season, RG3 has moved into the top 15 available prospects in this year’s NFL draft.

Will the Alamo Bowl be the last time anyone sees him play in college?

It certainly should be.

For a 6’1” quarterback to be rated this highly is a rare occasion to say the least. Add to that the fact that he missed almost a full season two years ago and it’s almost unbelievable. And there are plenty of teams who would love to have him and where he would make a great fit. Plus, he is one of the nicest guy,s so the interview process should only boost his resume more.

Clearly, money or getting the right team won’t be something keeping him in school. The only other real thing that would keep him behind is a shot at a Big 12 or national title. The Big 12 loses a lot of its best players next year, but it will still be hard for Baylor to win the conference.

Kendall Wright has been sensational this season at wide receiver and is second in the country in receiving yards behind Western Michigan’s Jordan White. The problem that is he is a senior, and that kind of production is hard to replicate. Running back Trerrance Ganaway, who is averaging over 110 yards per game, will also be leaving.

The Bears have been really bad on defense all year, and three guys will graduate from a defensive front seven that is already giving up close to 200 yards per game.

There is also the issue of the team winning on the road. Baylor is 1-3 in road games this year and needed a fourth-quarter comeback and overtime to escape 2-10 Kansas.

Fans of the team and of college football would love to have Robert Griffin III back for his senior season, but there really is no reason for him to stick around.