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Griffin Named Freshman All-America

QB Robert Griffin is Baylor's first Sporting News All-American.

QB Robert Griffin is Baylor's first Sporting News All-American.

Dec. 16, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. Baylor’s Robert Griffin was named to the 2008 Sporting News All-Freshman Team, the publication announced Tuesday. Griffin is Baylor’s first Freshman All-America honoree since Joe Pawelek was so tabbed by the Football Writers Association of America in 2006; Griffin is the first Baylor player so honored by Sporting News.

 


 

 

A product of Copperas Cove [Texas] High School, Griffin tallied 2,934 yards of total offense, eight yards shy of the school record. He posted a 142.00 passing efficiency rating, the third-best season in school history, connecting on 160-of-267 passes for 2,091 yards and 15 touchdowns with only three interceptions.

 

Griffin, the nation’s youngest starting quarterback during the 2008 season, enjoyed one of the best passing seasons in Baylor history as he ranked in the program’s all-time top 10 in yards (sixth), completions (sixth), completion percentage (second), yards per attempt (ninth), touchdowns (tied-fourth) and touchdown-to-interception ratio (second). He also established a Baylor single-season record with 28 touchdowns produced.

 

However, Griffin was more than just a passer, finishing the season with 843 yards rushing on 173 carries. He tied Baylor’s single-season record with 13 rushing touchdowns and produced four 100-yard games, twice as many as any other Baylor quarterback has ever produced in a career. His yardage total was the 13th-best season in Baylor history as he established Baylor season quarterback and freshman records for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Griffin ranks sixth in the Big 12 in rushing and fifth in rushing touchdowns.

 

Griffin was one of four Big 12 Conference student-athletes on the Sporting News All-Freshman Team, joining Missouri offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, Oklahoma linebacker Travis Lewis and Texas safety Earl Thomas.

 

Sporting News also named Griffin the 2008 Big 12 Freshman of the Year. He joins Pawelek as the only Bears to have been so honored.

 

 

2008 BAYLOR FOOTBALL POSTSEASON HONORS

James Barnard, OG

• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (The Associated Press)

 

Krys Buerck, CB

• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Rodney Chadwick, LB

• Baylor Defensive Bear Squad Award

 

Derek Epperson, P

• Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference (Kansas City Star, Waco Tribune-Herald)

• Third-Team All-Big 12 Conference (Phil Steele Magazine)

• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (coaches, The Associated Press)

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

• Ray Guy Award semifinialist

• Baylor Special Teams MVP

 

Ty Findley, LB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Kirby Freeman, QB

• Baylor Kyle Woods Award

 

Dan Gay, OT

• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (coaches)

 

Robert Griffin, QB

• First-Team All-Freshman (Sporting News)

• Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (CollegeFootballNews)

• Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year (The Sporting News, The Dallas Morning News, Pat Forde: SI.com, Rivals.com)

• Big 12 Conference Newcomer of the Year (Tim Griffin: ESPN.com, San Antonio Express-News)

• Big 12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year (coaches, Waco Tribune-Herald)

• Big 12 Conference Offensive Newcomer of the Year (Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

• Baylor Offensive MVP

 

Ben Hixson, LB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Jake Jackson, OL

• Baylor Offensive Bear Squad Award

 

Jacoby Jones, RB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Tyler King, LB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Jake La Mar, S

• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Jordan Lake, FS

• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (coaches, The Associated Press, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald)

• Second-Team All-Big 12 Conference (The Dallas Morning News, Kansas City Star, Phil Steele Magazine)

• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Jason Lamb, DE

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Gary Mason Jr., DE

• Baylor Defensive Bear Squad Award

 

Zak Mitchell, S

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Joe Pawelek, LB

• Second-Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America (CoSIDA)

• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (unanimous)

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

• Baylor Defensive MVP

• Baylor Academic Excellence Award

 

Ryan Roberts, QB

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Zac Scotton, DE

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Sam Shalala, LB

• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

• Rudy Award nominee

 

Sam Sledge, DT

• Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Jason Smith, OT

• First-Team All-America (FWAA)

• Third-Team All-America (Rivals.com)

• First-Team All-Big 12 Conference (unanimous)

• Baylor “Mr. Team” Award

• Baylor Off-Season Co-MVP

 

J.D. Walton, C

• Honorable Mention All-Big 12 Conference (The Associated Press)

 

John David Weed, TE

• First-Team Academic All-Big 12 Conference

 

Thomas White, WR

• Baylor Off-Season Co-MVP

 

Terrance Williams, WR

• Baylor Offensive Bear Squad Award

 

Kendall Wright, IR

• Honorable Mention Freshman All-America (CollegeFootballNews)

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