Heisman Trophy: Live Results, Winner and Twitter Reaction

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 10:  (L-R) Heisman Trophy finalists running back Trent Richardson of the Alabama Crimson Tide, running back Montee Ball of the Wisconsin Badgers, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu of the LSU Tigers, Andrew Luck of the Stanford University Cardinal and quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears pose with the Heisman Trophy after a press conference at The New York Marriott Marquis on December 10, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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UPDATE: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has been named the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner. In a very close vote, Griffin edged Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin dominated the Southwest region and surprisingly took the South as well, making him the 77th Heisman winner.

Griffin looked to be the lukewarm favorite heading into the event, but the award truly could have went to any of the five finalists. The fact that Baylor lost three games prompted some to think Griffin wouldn't win the award, but Tim Tebow won the award as a Florida Gator after a three-loss season in 2007.

Twitter reacted immediately to the news of Griffin being immortalized in the annals of college football history, and most of it was very positive and supportive.

In addition to that support, there was plenty of surprise as well. Griffin became the first Baylor Bear to win the Heisman and put a long-suffering program on the map. As much as most people agree with the decision, it is also hard to believe at the same time.

There was even an air of defiance when it came to some of the tweeters. ESPN College Game Day's Kirk Herbstreit expressed doubt during the week that Griffin would win the award due to the fact that he plays at Baylor. That clearly didn't matter to the voters, however, and this tweeter was happy to throw it back in Herbstreit's face.

Not everyone was in 100 percent agreement with Griffin being the Heisman winner, however. Of course, that is completely understandable with so many deserving candidates. Luck came finished second in the voting for the second consecutive year, and in 2009 Stanford running back Toby Gerhart finished second as well.

Former Stanford safety Bo McNally acknowledged Griffin's fine season, but felt as though his former teammate was more deserving of the award.

Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide and the SEC in generally tend to be pretty outspoken, so it isn't surprising that Alabama running back Trent Richardson's third-place finish wasn't well received by everybody. This particular 'Bama fan channeled his inner Kanye West in declaring Richardson the true winner.


With a long college football season officially in the books, the sport's most prestigious award will be handed out on Saturday night, that being the Heisman Trophy. In a rare occurrence there doesn't seem to be an overwhelming favorite has all five candidates can make a good case.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck opened the season as the overwhelming favorite as he decided to pass up a chance to be the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft. Luck put up monster numbers by completing 70 percent of his passes and accounting for 37 touchdowns, but his struggles against Oregon could hurt his chances.

Luck may have been surpassed by sensational Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. While Griffin's team wasn't quite as successful as the other candidates', there is no denying his impact. As a dual-threat quarterback, Griffin totaled over 4,500 yards and 45 touchdowns while throwing just six interceptions in the difficult Big 12.

There is also a pair of impressive running backs in contention, one of which is Trent Richardson of Alabama. The Crimson Tide back seemed to be the front-runner in the Heisman race for much of the season, and he may ultimately win it. There is no doubting his team's success or his 1,500 rushing yards and 23 total scores.

Richardson's backfield challenger will be Montee Ball of Wisconsin. It took some time for Ball to get the national recognition that Richardson did, but now that he has, it is possible that he has been elevated past Richardson. Not only will Ball's team play in the Rose Bowl, but he is one touchdown shy of tying Barry Sanders' NCAA single-season touchdown record with 39.

Perhaps the biggest long shot of the group is LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu. You simply can't question what he has meant to LSU's unbelievable secondary en route to an undefeated season, but defensive players are at a disadvantage. Mathieu is also a dazzling punt returner, though, so he excels in two phases of the game.

It wouldn't be a huge surprise to see any of the five finalists win, so the Heisman ceremony should be a very intense and exciting event. Check back here for Twitter reaction regarding the Heisman winner and whether or not the voters got it right.


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