THE 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY AND DAVEY O’BRIAN AWARD WINNER AND IS THE BEST QUARTERBACK FOR THE 2012 NFL DRAFT.
by Super Scout Max Emfinger
Yes! I was at the 2005 Brownwood High School Homecoming Football Game. You remember that game at The Brownwood Homecoming that pitted the Brownwood Lions and their junior quarterback Jarrett Lee against visiting Copperas Cove and their sophomore quarterback Robert Griffin. I can’t even remember who won that game, but I do remember that I was very impressed with Lee, and I thought that the young sophomore quarterback from Copperas Cove named Griffin was going to be Special. Lee, of course, transferred to Brenham with his dad, Stephen Lee, and then signed with LSU.
Even at this early age, Griffin was a speedy, athletic quarterback who could beat you in so many ways with his arm and with his legs, but mostly his legs. Copperas Cove used Griffin and his athletic abilities to move the football up and down the football field and win football games. In High School, Griffin was also pretty accurate, although he did not have great mechanics. I thought that when Griffin got to be a junior or senior, he would be one of the most heavily recruited athletes in the State of Texas and he was, but only Baylor and Houston offered him in Texas.
In 2008, many of the college coaches had either already picked-up their quarterback with a junior committment or they simply were not looking for a quarterback. Terrelle Pryor, Dayne Crist, and Blaine Gabbert were the Top Nationally Rated Quarterbacks, but Landry Jones, Darron Thomas, E.J. Manuel, Andrew Luck, and Griffin were also rated really high.
Coach Art Briles found Robert Griffin aka RG III and he had him committed to the Houston Cougars, but Coach Briles then took the job at Baylor, and convinced him to follow him to Baylor. And it really paid off. Coach Briles watched Griffin play one day and then told his coaching staff that they needed to hide him from the rest of the country. Griffin did get some National attention with offers from Nebraska, Tennessee, and Kansas, but he should have had over thirty or more other offers.
In 2009, Griffin had a season-ending knee injury, but he came back and had two sensational years in 2010 and again in 2011 in which he moved from fourth or fifth in the Heisman Trophy balloting to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy. Griffin also won the Davey O’Brian Award as the number one quarterback in the country.
In his first game of the season in 2011, Baylor hosted TCU. The Horned Frogs had just gone 13-0 in 2010 and 12-1 in 2009. So in the last two previous seasons, the Frogs had put together the best record in the country with a 25-1 record. The Frogs were also favored to beat the Bears by three touchdowns. So in this game, Griffin had his greatest “Coming-Out-Party” as he showed to the world who was going to be the best player in the country as he completed 21 of 27 passes for 359-yards and five touchdowns; rushed for 32-yards; and caught a crucial pass for 15-yards from WR Kendall Wright as the Bears UPSET TCU 50-48 in Waco. Griffin finished with 406-yards of total offense. After this game, every college football fan and Sports Media person was made aware of RG III.
In the 8th game of the season, Griffin completed 27 of 41 passes for 401-yards and three touchdowns and he also rushed for 64-yards on 18 carries, giving him 465-yards of total offense as the Bears beat Missouri by a 42-39 score.
Then in the 10th game of the 2011 season, the Baylor Bears picked up their seventh win when they got another impressive UPSET victory over #5 ranked Oklahoma. RG III was simply sensational in this game, with another legendary performance, as he found Terrance Williams for the game-winning touchdown pass with eight seconds left to play in regulation.
Griffin had a sensational game, passing for a school-record 479-yards and four touchdowns in addition to a team-high 72-yards rushing. Each of the four touchdowns went to a different receiver. Griffin picked up 30 of those rushing yards on the final drive, also buying time with his legs to hit Williams in the back of the end zone for a 34-yard scoring strike.
The Bears, who had not won in 20 previous meetings against Oklahoma, scored touchdowns on three straight drives in the second half. In the third quarter, RG III completed an 87-yard touchdown pass to Kendall Wright that tied the score at 24-24. This touchdown pass, from Griffin to Wright, was one of the most incredible touchdown catches in the history of college football. The football was thrown to another receiver who tipped the football twenty-yards down the field where Wright caught the football on the dead run to complete the 87-yard touchdown. Baylor finished with 616-yards of total offense for the game, including 208-yards by Kendall Wright.
The Baylor Bears had never beat Oklahoma while in the Big-12 and they had not beaten Texas in so many years, it’s hard to remember when they did win. With RG III at the offensive controls, Baylor beat The Longhorns in 2010 and 2011. One win at home in Waco and one win in Austin. And then they beat Oklahoma and Landry Jones.
Griffin left Baylor, as a junior, with school records, including 6,073 passing yards; 7,628 total offensive yards; 41 touchdown passes; responsible for 64 touchdowns; and an amazing 143.3 passing efficency record. RG III set or tied 54 school records in three full seasons at Baylor, finished the 2011 season with single-season school records of 4,293 yards; 37 passing touchdowns; and an incredible passing efficiency rating of 189.5 which was the second-best in NCAA BCS College Football history. RG III led a powerhouse Baylor offensive attack that ranked second in total offense (587-yards per game); fourth in scoring (45.3 points per game); and RG III passing efficiency with an incredible 191.2.
RG III finished his collegiate career as one of three players in NCAA BCS College Football history to top 10,000 career passing yards with a school-record 10,366-yards and 2,000 career rushing yards with 2,254.
RG III did an exceptional 40-inch vertical jump and a 4.3 in the forty in high school as a 195-pounder, so he has always been a Super Combine Freak. At 223-pounds, at the 2012 NFL Super Combine, he recorded a 39-inch vertical jump; ran a 4.38 in the forty; and did a 120 Standing Broad Jump. With these incredible measurables, Griffin (6-2, 223, 4.38) recorded the #1 MEARS RATING of all players in the 2012 NFL Draft and with a World Record 2,226 MEARS RATING.
2010 Heisman Trophy Cam Newton and cornerback Patrick Peterson had the Top Two MEARS RATINGS in the 2011 NFL Draft. Newton had the World Record MEARS RATING with a 2,070 MEARS RATING and Peterson had a 2,048 MEARS RATING.
When Matt Barkley and Landry Jones decided to stay in college another year, this hurt the Quarterback Draft Field, making Griffin and Andrew Luck the overwhelming consensus Top Two players and Top Two quarterbacks in the 2012 NFL Draft. Then the Indianapolis Colts let Peyton Manning go to the Denver Broncos to make room for Luck and then they took him in the First Selection in the First Round, leaving Griffin to be Selected #2 by the Washington Redskins who have the #2 Selection in the First Round.