Dec. 9, 2011
NEW YORK – Quarterbacks Andrew Luck of Stanford University and Robert Griffin III of Baylor University, who were named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I football team on Thursday, are among five finalists for the 77th annual Heisman Trophy Award that will be presented on Saturday at the Best Buy Theatre in Times Square. The presentation will be televised on ESPN at 7 p.m. CST.
A member of the Capital One Academic All-America Division I Football first team, Luck is an Architectural Design major with a 3.48 G.P.A. Griffin III, a graduate student with a major in Political Science and a 3.67 G.P.A., earned second team Capital One Academic All-America honors.
Montee Ball of Wisconsin, Tyrann Mathieu of No. 1 Louisiana State and Trent Richardson of Alabama are the other finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
While Luck won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Griffin III was presented with the Davey O’Brien Award on Thursday night. Honored as the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Griffin has led Baylor to a 9-3 record by passing for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. Ranked second in the nation by averaging 386.83 yards of total offense per game, Griffin has a 192.31 passer efficiency rating.
The NCAA leader in passer efficiency rating, he is on pace to break the NCAA record set by Colt Brennan of Hawaii (186.0) in 2006. He has also rushed for 644 yards and scored nine touchdowns.
Known as “RG3,” Griffin will lead Baylor into the Valero Alamo Bowl on Dec. 29 where the Bears will play Washington. Baylor will appear in bowl games in consecutive years for the first time since 1991-92, and the Bears will be looking for the second 10-win season in program history.
Baylor has sold out its allotment of tickets for the Valero Alamo Bowl, but tickets can still be purchased through www.alamobowl.com. For more information on Baylor and the Valero Alamo Bowl, visit www.baylorbears.com/bowlcentral.