Heisman race heating up!

Posted: November 25, 2011 in Uncategorized

By Chris Bates

        This year’s Heisman race is closer than anyone thought it was going to be early in this season.  Heading into this season, all the talk was about Standford’s Andrew Luck, and rightfully so.  He proved last year how good of a quarterback he is and that he can make all the NFL throws.  Luck has had a great season this year completing 70 percent of his passes with 2,937 yards passing, 31 touchdowns and just 8 interceptions.  Luck has had a great season in leading Stanford to a current 11-1 record but a new Heisman leader has emerged.

New Heisman Leader

      Outside of Texas and the Big 12 conference, coming into the season few people knew about Baylor’s Robert Griffin III, but college football fans all around the country know about him now.  Griffin has led Baylor to a fantastic season and with a win over Texas Tech tomorrow night, Baylor will have their first 8 win season since 1991.  Griffin III has been sensational this year, completing 73 percent of his passes, passing for 3,572 yards with 33 touchdowns and just 5 interceptions.   NFL scouts are raving over Griffin with the athleticism he possesses.  Not only can he pass, but he is a great runner as well (member of the national champion track team).  The best thing about Griffin, scouts say, is that he wants to pass first and then run 2nd.  Against Oklahoma Griffin threw for a school record 497 yards and 4 touchdowns.  He also ran for 97 yards.  There is talk about who will be the Number 1 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.  Coming into the season, Luck was the clear-cut No. 1 but the emergence of RGIII  is making teams re-consider which quarterback will be better in the long term.  

     Griffin can make all the throws and if he leads Baylor to 10 wins this season, he will have a strong case for the Heisman.  Baylor faces Texas Tech at Cowboys stadium tomorrow night followed by hosting the Texas Longhorns.  A win in Baylor’s bowl game will give them 10 victories.  Currently, Baylor is 4th  in the nation in total offense, Stanford is 10th.

    Griffin is 2nd in the nation in quarterback rating, Luck is 5th.  Although I think Griffin deserves the Heisman more, Luck will most likely be ranked higher on the Heisman watch because he is on the better team.  Heisman voters tend to favorite the player on the better team.

Current Heisman standings:

1.  Trent Richardson- RB, Alabama

2.  Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

3. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

4.  Case Keenum, QB, Houston

5.  Matt Barkley, QB, USC.

More updates coming on the Heisman watch as the season winds down.  Heisman Presentation will take place Saturday, Dec. 10 on ESPN.

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