Dec. 21, 2011
WACO, Texas – Baylor Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III was named College Football Player of the Year by The Associated Press on Wednesday. RG3 received 43 of 56 votes for the nation’s top player.
Griffin III is the first Baylor player ever to win the AP’s Player of the Year award. He’s also the first Baylor player ever to win the Heisman Trophy and the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award.
RG3 was previously named National Player of the Year by Sporting News and Yahoo!/Rivals.com and National Offensive Player of the Year by FoxSportsNext.com. Griffin III has also been named first-team All-America by The Associated Press, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Phil Steele, FoxSportsNext.com and Football Writers Association of America.
A Copperas Cove, Texas native, Griffin III is the 10th different player in program history to earn consensus All-America honors. He joins Daniel Sepulveda (2006) as the Bears’ only consensus All-Americans in the Big 12 era. RG3 was also named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, The Associated Press, CBSSports.com, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express News, Waco Tribune-Herald and Phil Steele.
Griffin III leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency and 22.67 points responsibility per game. RG3 ranks second nationally with 386.83 yards of total offense per game and fourth with 36 passing touchdowns. In addition to a school-record 3,998 passing yards, RG3 has rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns.
No. 12 Baylor (9-3, 6-3) closes out the 2011 season by taking on Washington (7-5, 5-4) in the Valero Alamo Bowl at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. Baylor has sold out its allotment of tickets for the game, 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.
Robert Griffin III 2011 HONORS
Heisman Trophy winner
Davey O’Brien Award winner
National Player of the Year (AP, Sporting News, Yahoo!/Rivals.com)
National Offensive Player of the Year (FoxSportsNext.com) All-American, 1st team (AP, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Phil Steele, FoxSportsNext.com, FWAA)
All-American, 2nd team (Walter Camp)
All-American, honorable mention (Pro Football Weekly)
Academic All-American, 2nd team (Capital One/CoSIDA)
Manning Award finalist
Walter Camp Award finalist
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist
Wuerffel Trophy finalist
Maxwell Award semifinalist
Allstate AFCA Good Works Team
Chic Harley Award
“People’s Heisman” (SI.com)
Academic All-District VII (Capital One/CoSIDA)
Academic All-Big 12, 1st team
Big 12 Player of the Year (Yahoo!/Rivals.com)
Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year (coaches, AP, CBSSports.com, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express News, Waco Tribune-Herald)
All-Big 12, 1st team (coaches, AP, Dallas Morning News, ESPN.com, CBSSports.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, San Antonio Express News, Waco Tribune-Herald, Phil Steele)