Baylor Football at the Valero Alamo Bowl, 12/26/11
Once-in-a-generation transcendent student-athlete lifted Baylor to decades-high heights en route to earning 2011 Heisman Trophy Memorial Award... Exceptional athlete and leader became not only face of Baylor football program but ambassador of Baylor University in four years in Waco... Earned 2011 National Player of the Year honors by multiple outlets and Davey O'Brien and Manning Awards after leading Baylor to 10-3 regular-season record, its first bowl win in 19 years and No. 12 final national ranking as junior... Declared for NFL Draft following junior season (fourth year at BU including medical hardship waiver) having set or tied 54 school records in 41 career games played (40 career starts) in three-plus seasons... Named 2011 consensus All-American, Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and consensus first-team All-Big 12... 2012 NFL Scouting Combine invitee... Finalist for Walter Camp Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Wuerffel Trophy... Semifinalist for Maxwell Award... Led nation in 2011 in points responsibility (22.15)... Ranked second nationally in passing efficiency (192.31) and total offense (384.00), third in completion percentage (72.39), fourth in passing TDs (37) and sixth in passing yards (4,293)... One of three players in FBS history with 10,000+ passing yards (10,366) and 2,000+ rushing yards (2,254), along with Dan LeFevour and Colin Kaepernick... Registered five of nine 400-yard passing games in Baylor history... Most prolific passer in Baylor history, re-wrote record books with 26 single-season, 20 career and eight single-game marks... BU career leader in 20 categories: passing yards (10,366), total offense yards (12,620), passing efficiency (158.9), passing TDs (78), completion percentage (67.1), TD-to-interception ratio (4.59), interception percentage (.0143, also Big 12 record), TD responsibility (111), rushing yards by QB (2,254), rushing TDs by QB (33), passes attempted (1,192), passes completed (800), total offense per-play (7.34), total offensive plays (1,720), consecutive games throwing TD pass (15), consecutive attempts without an interception (209), 200-yard passing games (29), 300-yard passing games (13), 400-yard passing games (5) and 100-yard rushing games by a QB (7)... 2,254 career rushing yards ranks fifth in school history... Career TDs-to-interceptions ratio is 78-17 (4.59, best in school history)... Made headlines during 2008 season when he earned freshman All-America and Big 12 top freshman honors (as 18-year-old)... Referred to as fastest quarterback in college football history... Broad jump measured at 10'1.5"... World-class hurdler... Earned All-America status in outdoor track and field during spring 2008 (early enrollee) before freshman season of football... Selected to Texas UIL All-Century Boys Track and Field prep team in May 2010... Named to 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team... Earned second-team 2011 Academic All-America honors from Capital One/CoSIDA... Two-time Academic All-District VI (2010 and 2011) and two-time Academic All-Big 12 first team (2010 and 2011)... Eight-time member of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and three-time Dean's List honoree... Earned undergraduate degree from Baylor in December 2010 in political science three years after enrolling at Baylor.
2011 (Junior): Started all 13 games and became first Heisman Trophy Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Manning Award winner in program history... Earned 2011 consensus All-America, first-team All-Big 12 and Big 12 Offensive Player of Year honors as junior... Finalist for Walter Camp Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and Wuerffel Trophy... Semifinalist for Maxwell Award... Named national player of year by Sporting News, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Chic Harley Award...Named national offensive player of year by FoxSportsNext.com... Tabbed 2011 first-team All-America by AP, FWAA, Sporting News, SI.com, CBSSports.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Athlon, FoxSportsNext.com and Phil Steele, second-team by Walter Camp... Named 2011 Big 12 Player of Year by Yahoo!/Rivals.com and Big 12 offensive player of year by coaches, AP, CBSSports.com, Dallas Morning News, K.C. Star, F.W. Star-Telegram, S.A. Express-News and Waco Tribune-Herald... First-team All-Big 12 selection by coaches, AP, ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Phil Steele, Dallas Morning News, K.C. Star, F.W. Star-Telegram, S.A. Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald)... Led nation in 2011 in points responsibility (22.15)... Ranked second nationally in passing efficiency (192.31) and total offense (384.00), third in completion percentage (72.39), fourth in passing TDs (37) and sixth in passing yards (4,293)... Led Big 12 in total offense (384.0), passing efficiency (189.5), passing TDs (37) and TD responsibility (47)... Set or tied 16 single-season school records in 2011 (passing yards 4,293; passing TDs 37; pass efficiency 189.5; total offense 4,992; total yards by a junior 4,992; completion percentage 72.4; TD responsibility 47; 200-yard games 12; 300-yard games 9; 400-yard games 4; consecutive 200-yard passing games 10; consecutive 300-yard passing games 5; consecutive 400-yard passing games 3 and consecutive games with a TD pass 13, TD-to-interception ratio 6.17 and Total Offense-per-play 8.6)... Tied or broke six single-game school records (total offense yards - 551 vs. Oklahoma; passing yards - 479 vs. Oklahoma; completion percentage [min. 30 attempts] - 87.9 (29-33) vs. Rice; completion percentage [min. 20 attempts] - 90.5 (19-21) vs. Stephen F. Austin; TD responsibility - 6 [tied] vs. Rice; total plays - 66 at OSU)... Accounted for 47 of Baylor's 80 offensive TDs (37 passing, 10 rushing)... Completed 21 passes of 40 or more yards (14 for TDs), 14 of 50 or more (10 for TDs) and nine for 60 or more (all for TDs)... Threw for 200-plus yards in 12 of 13 games (did not vs. Texas Tech due to injury), nine 300-yard games (school record) and had four 400-yard games (school record)... Winner of national awards due to fan voting in all 10 instances was candidate (Three AT&T, national player of year and two player of week; two SI.com, "People's Heisman" and midseason "Halfway Heisman"; five ESPN/Capital One Cup player of week)... Earned second-team 2011 Academic All-America honors from Capital One/CoSIDA... Named to 2011 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team... Earned 2011 Academic All-District VI recognition from ESPN/CoSIDA and named to 2011 Academic All-Big 12 first team... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2011... Threw for 359 yards on 21-of-27 and career-high 5 TDs to lead Baylor to upset win over then-No. 14 TCU in season opener... Recorded 15-yard reception on third-and-long on eventual game-winning drive in upset win of TCU... Named National Player of the Week (Yahoo!/Rivals, HeismanPundit.com), National Offensive Player of the Week (Walter Camp Foundation), All-America Player of the Week (AT&T), National Impact Performer of the Week (Capital One Cup), National QB of the Week (Davey O'Brien Award), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (league) and earned helmet sticker on ESPN College Football Final... Earned trip to set of ESPN College GameDay in Arlington on following morning after 50-48 win over TCU... Broke own single-game completion percentage record (min. 20 attempts), completing 90.4 percent of passes (21-of-24) in win over Stephen F. Austin in second game... Threw for more than 300 yards and career-high-tying 5 TDs each in a home win over Rice in third game (29-of-33, 338 yards, 5 TDs) and one-point road loss at No. 14 Kansas State in fourth game (23-of-31, 346 yards, 5 TDs, 1 INT)... Voted National Impact Performer of the Week (Capital One Cup) on Sept. 28 following Rice win... Set school record for completion percentage (minimum 30 attempts) with 90.5 percent (19-21) in win over Rice... Tied school record with six total TDs (five passing, one rushing) vs. Rice... Rushed for 107 yards and a TD and threw for 212 yards and another score in home win over Iowa State in fifth game... Threw for then-career-high 430 yards and 3 TDs (including 77-yarder) in road loss at No. 21 Texas A&M in sixth game... Followed with 425 yards and a TD (including 72-yarder) in road loss at No. 3 Oklahoma State in seventh game... Posted third straight 400-yard game with 406 yards and 3 TDs (including 68-yarder) in Homecoming win over Missouri in eighth game... Voted National Impact Performer of the Week (Capital One Cup) on Nov. 9 following Missouri win... Engineered greatest fourth-quarter comeback in program history in ninth game at Kansas... Facing 21-point deficit, accounted for all three Baylor fourth-quarter TDs -- a 49-yard run, 36-yard pass and 67-yard pass... Threw eventual game-winning 14-yard TD pass in overtime for 31-30 road win, securing bowl eligibility for second consecutive season... Threw for 312 yards and rushed for 103 more in win at Kansas... Named Manning Award Star of the Week for Nov. 14... Threw for school-record 479 yards on 21-of-34 passing and threw 4 TDs in upset win over No. 5 Oklahoma in 10th game -- Baylor's first win over the Sooners in program history... Connected with Terrance Williams on 34-yard TD pass with 8 seconds remaining to complete historic upset win and provide "Heisman Moment"... Amassed school-record 551 yards of total offense... Named National Player of the Week (Yahoo!/Rivals), National Offensive Player of the Week (Walter Camp), All-America Player of the Week (AT&T), National Impact Performer of the Week (Capital One Cup), Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week (coaches), Manning Award Star of the Week and earned an ESPN College Football Final helmet sticker... Accounted for 3 TDs in one half vs. Texas Tech in 11th game... Suffered injury in second quarter vs. Tech, left game for one play and returned to score a rushing TD... Did not play in second half vs. Tech... Concluded regular-season with 320 yards and 4 total TDs (2 passing, 2 rushing) in home rout of Texas in 12th game... Named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for Dec. 5... Threw for 295 yards and one TD and ran for 55 yards in leading BU to first bowl win in 19 years in 67-56 win over Washington in Alamo Bowl... Named preseason All-American by Athlon Sports... Selected preseason All-Big 12 by Athlon Sports, Rivals.com, Sports Illustrated and Phil Steele... Named Offensive Player of Year in Texas by Dave Campbell's Texas Football preseason publication... Preseason Big 12 accolades: "Best Athlete" (Sporting News), "Best Running QB" (Sporting News), "Best Scrambler" (Lindy's).
2010 (Sophomore): Started all 13 games and made successful comeback from knee surgery to earn All-Big 12, Big 12 Offensive Player of Year and Comeback Player of Year honors as sophomore... Record-setting season ignited Heisman Trophy mention... Named All-Big 12 (second team by league coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald, Phil Steele; honorable mention by AP) and honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Player of Year by league coaches... Semifinalist for Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of Year and O'Brien Award, member of Manning Award watch list... Named second-team "All-Texas" by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication... Earned Baylor's "Kyle Woods Inspirational Leader" Award... Set or tied 11 single-season school records (passing yards 3,501, passing TDs 22, pass efficiency 144.2, total offense 4,163, completion percentage 67.0, TD responsibility 30, completions 304, total offensive plays 603, 200-yard games 11, 300-yard games 4 and consecutive games with a TD pass 9)... Broke two single-game school records (total offense 444 yards vs. Kansas, pass play 94-yard TD to Josh Gordon vs. Kansas)... Ranked sixth nationally (third in Big 12) in total offense with 318.2 yards-per-game... Ranked eighth nationally in completions (304), 13th (fourth in Big 12) in passing yards with 3,501 and 17th in yards-per-game (269.3)... Ranked third in Big 12 (29th nationally) in pass efficiency at 144.2... Accounted for 30 of Baylor's 48 offensive TDs (22 passing, eight rushing)... Completed 14 passes of 40 or more yards (11 for TDs), eight of 50 or more (all for TDs)... Threw for 200-plus yards in 11 of 13 games (a school record) and had four 300-yard games... Earned Academic All-District VI recognition from ESPN/CoSIDA and named to Academic All-Big 12 first team... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010 and spring 2011... Earned Dean's List status in spring 2011... Threw for then-career-high 297 yards and two TDs (including 61-yarder) in win over Buffalo in second game, also had two TDs rushing (named Manning Award Star of Week)... Had record-setting game in week five win vs. Kansas, named Big 12 Player of Week (Rivals.com), Big 12 Offensive Player of Week (league), Manning Award Star of Week and earned helmet sticker on ESPN College Football Final... In KU win set then career-highs of passing yards (380) and TDs (three) and broke school's single-game total offense mark with 444 yards and broke school record for longest completion with 94-yard TD throw to Josh Gordon, complete 26-of-36 passes... Completed season-high 31 passes for then-career-high 384 yards and two scores vs. Texas Tech in sixth game... Ran for season-high 137 yards and threw for 234 and TD in win at Colorado in seventh game... Named Big 12 Player of Week by Rivals.com following CU win... Earned mid-season accolades: Big 12 Player of Midseason (Des Moines Register and Columbia Tribune) and Midseason Big 12 Comeback Player of Year (Rivals.com)... Threw for then-career-high 404 yards and career-high four TDs in win over Kansas State in eighth game (earned Manning Award Star of Week)... Ran for career-long 71-yard TD vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in 11th game, finished with 92 rushing yards and 212 passing yards... Threw for 306 yards and one TD on 30-of-41 passing in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois, added 44 yards rushing... Named preseason national comeback team QB (Rivals.com)... Named Big 12's "Best Athlete" (Sporting News) and "Best Scrambler" (Lindy's).
2009 (Redshirt): Started season's first three games at quarterback before sustaining season-ending knee injury in third game of true sophomore season in 2009... Threw for 481 yards in two-and-one-half games on season (45-for-69 completions) with four TDs and zero interceptions... Also ran for 77 yards and two scores on 27 carries... On watch lists for Manning, Maxwell and O'Brien Awards...2010 Arthur Ashe Overall Sports Scholar Award finalist... Named to Baylor's Dean's List in spring 2009 and fall 2010 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2009 and spring 2010... Totaled 136 yards passing and 41 yards rushing in season-opening win at Wake Forest... Also had one TD pass and 59-yard punt in Wake win... Threw for 119 yards and rushed for 20 yards and two touchdowns in second game vs. UConn... Suffered non-contact isolated tear to anterior cruciate ligament in right knee during first series of third game of season (ninth quarter of season) vs. Northwestern State... Played remainder of first half (eight total series) with bandaged knee and totaled 226 yards while completing 13 of 19 passes for three touchdowns without an interception... Hardship waiver request approved by Big 12 Conference in November 2009, resulting in redshirt season for 2009... Knee surgery in October 2009... Preseason publication honors: Big 12's "Best Athlete" (Sporting News); Big 12's "Toughest to bring down" (Lindy's); Big 12's "Best Running QB" (Sporting News); Big 12's "Best Scrambler" (Lindy's).
2008 (True Freshman): Sensational quarterback made immediate impact as 18-year-old true freshman in 2008 (nation's youngest starting quarterback)... Came off bench in fourth drive of season (second quarter of season-opener vs. Wake Forest) and remained first-string QB for remainder of season... Named first-team freshman All-America by Sporting News and Rivals.com (second-team by Phil Steele and honorable mention by CollegeFootballNetwork)... Named Big 12 Freshman of Year by Sporting News, Rivals.com and Dallas Morning News... Named Big 12 Newcomer of Year by ESPN.com and San Antonio Express-News... Selected Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of Year by The Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle... Voted the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of Year by league's coaches... Named Big 12 Top Offensive Freshman by Waco Tribune-Herald... Established NCAA Bowl Subdivision record 209 passes without an interception to start a career (threw first pick in ninth game of season), also broke school record for completions without an interception and four shy of Big 12 record... Awarded Baylor Offensive MVP... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in spring and fall 2008 and spring 2009... One of six true freshmen to play for Baylor in 2008... Finished season with 2,091 yards passing on 160-of-267 completions with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions... Pass efficiency of 142.0 ranked 27th nationally... Added 843 rushing yards (22 fewer than starting tailback Jay Finley) on 173 carries and 13 rushing TDs... Ranked sixth in Big 12 in average rushing yards... Average of 244.5 total offense yards ranked 10th in Big 12 and 31st nationally... Accounted for two-thirds of teams TDs (28 of 46) in 2008... School-record 28 TDs (15 passing, 13 rushing) responsible for... Fifth among nation's quarterbacks in rushing yardage (70.3 ypg) and second in rushing touchdowns (13)... Established school freshman records for quarterback rushing yards (843) and TDs (13)... Thirteen rushing TDs second-most in Baylor history (any position)... Interception percentage of .011 ranked third among quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts... Made debut in second quarter of season opener vs. No. 23 Wake Forest, totaled 125 yards passing and 29 yards rushing... Threw for season-highs of 294 yards and three TDs and ran for 42 in second game and first career start in win over Northwestern State... Burst on national scene in third game (second start), rushing for a school-record 217 yards and two TDs and throwing for 129 yards and a score in win over Washington State... Also set school and Big 12 single-game records with 19.7 yards-per-rush in WSU win... Won Big 12 Offensive Player of Week and ESPN College Football helmet sticker for performance vs. WSU... Threw for 208 yards and matched season-high of three TDs, along with 46 rushing yards in week four at Connecticut... Ran for 102 yards and two TDs, threw for 75 yards vs. No. 1 Oklahoma in fifth game... Completed 87.5 percent of passes (21-of-24) for 278 yards in win over Iowa State in sixth game, third-highest single-game completion percentage in Big 12 history... Topped 200-yards passing and threw for two TDs in games vs. Iowa State, No. 14 Missouri, and Texas A&M... Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 400-meter hurdles (49.55)... Won Big 12 gold medal in 400-meter hurdles with third-fastest time (49.22) in school history.
High School: Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, Texas... Rated nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com... Four-star Rivals.com recruit ranked No. 42 on that recruiting service's Texas Top 100 list and No. 50 on Lone Star Recruiting Texas 100... Listed 62nd on SuperPrep's Texas 110 list... Also 4-star Scout.com recruit rated state's 67-best player overall and nation's 12th-best prep signal caller... Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit... No. 54 on San Antonio Express-News Texas Top 100... Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44... No. 55 on Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55... Fort Worth Star-Telegram Texas Top 100 member... Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 selection ranked No. 2 on publication's Central Texas Top 25 list and among its Top 50 recruits overall... In two seasons as Bulldawgs' starting quarterback, posted 25-4 record... Earned first-team 2007 Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex honors as utility player and honorable mention Class 4A All-State honors from The Associated Press... First-team All-District 16-4A quarterback... 2007 Texas Top 300 member as selected by Texas Football Magazine, ranked among state's top 20 quarterbacks prior to senior season by same publication... Rushed for 1,285 yards and 24 touchdowns, passed for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions in leading Bulldawgs to 13-2 record and runner-up finish in 2007 Class 4A Division I playoffs... Averaged 7.3 yards per rush as senior... As junior, passed for 2,001 yards and 25 TDs with just two interceptions, rushed 876 times and eight TDs en route to first-team All-District 16-4A honors... All-told in final two prep seasons, rushed for 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns and threw for 3,357 yards and 41 scores with just nine picks... One of nation's top high school sprinters, received 2007 Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of Year award after setting state records in both 110-(13.55 seconds with personal best of 13.3) and 300-(35.33 seconds) meter hurdles... 300 hurdles time one-hundredth of second off national prep record... Also posted 46.9 400 meter PR... Coached by Jack Welch at District 16-4A school.
Personal: Son of Robert Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin, Robert Lee Griffin III was born Feb. 12, 1990, in Japan... Mother and father are both retired sergeants in U.S. Army... Engaged to Rebecca Liddicoat... Graduated No. 7 in senior class... Earned undergraduate degree from Baylor in December 2010 in political science... Took graduate courses in fall 2011... Has aspirations of attending law school.
2011 HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER
2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WINNER
2012 MANNING AWARD WINNER
2011 NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2011 CONSENSUS ALL-AMERICAN
2011 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE YEAR
2011 FIRST-TEAM ALL-BIG 12
2012 NFL DRAFT SCOUTING COMBINE INVITEE
2010 SECOND-TEAM ALL-BIG 12
2008 FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA
2008 BIG 12 FRESHMAN & NEWCOMER OF YEAR
2011 ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM
2011 SECOND-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA
TWO-TIME ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT VI
TWO-TIME FIRST-TEAM ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12
EIGHT-TIME BIG 12 COMMISSIONER'S HONOR ROLL