2011 Heisman Trophy: Coronation Day For Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III of Baylor is your 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.

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VIDEO: Robert Griffin III's Heisman Trophy Speech, Plus Transcript

Safe to say 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III's acceptance speech won't be parsed quite like Cam Newton's was. Below, the video, and here's a quick transcript of an impressive bit of public speaking.

Now that my socks are out there, I got nothing to lose, right? This moment right here, it's unbelievably believable. It's unbelievable because in the moment, we're all amazed when great things happen. It's believable because great things only happen with hard work. The great coach Art Briles always says great things only come with great effort, and we've certainly worked for this.

That's right, everybody associated with Baylor University has reason to celebrate tonight. To my teammates, I'd like to say thank you. As we say, the hotter the heat, the harder the steel. No pressure, no diamonds. We compete, we win. We are Baylor. Baylor we are, Baylor we'll always be, but it's up to us to define what that means, and this Heisman Trophy is only the beginning of that process.

To Baylor nation, I say this is a forever kind of moment, and may we be blessed to have many more like it in the future. God has a plan, and it's our job to fulfill it, and in this moment we have.

To my dad and my mom, my fiancee, my sisters, my beautiful niece, to my family, to my friends, to my teammates, to coach Briles and the coaching staff, to the Baylor administration and Ken Starr, the city of Copperas Cove and the city of Waco, and all of Baylor nation I say thank you for all your loving support, through the tough times like knee surgeries and glorious moments like this one.

Thank you to the Heisman Trophy Trust and all the Heisman Trophy winners who've given me a chance to be a part of this family.

Last but not least, I want to thank God for giving me all these great people to be in my life. Thank you.

And the video. Give it a few seconds to dial up:

For more on Baylor's first-ever Heisman Trophy, visit Baylor Bears blog Our Daily Bears. For more college football, stick with SB Nation's college football news hub. For more, stay tuned to our 2011 Heisman Trophy stream, and here are the year's other college football awards winners.

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Heisman Trophy 2011 Voting Results: Robert Griffin III Edges Andrew Luck

Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy, capping an impressive year at Baylor. Griffin came on strong to end the season, stringing together highlight reel plays and impressive stats throughout the year. He beat out Tyrann Mathieu, Trent Richardson, Andrew Luck and Montee Ball for the honor and was the first Baylor player to take home the Heisman.

Griffin III picked up 1,678 points to take college football's top individual honor. Griffin carried five of the six regions, with Luck taking the Far West. Luck finished second in the voting with 1,407 points. Trent Richardson finished a distant third, and Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

The voting breakdown is as follows.

Robert Griffin III 1,678 points, 405 first-place votes
Andrew Luck 1,407 points, 247 first-place votes
Trent Richardson 978 points, 138 first-place votes
Montee Ball 348 points, 22 first-place votes
Tyrann Mathieu 327 points, 34 first-place votes

Matt Barkley finished sixth, Case Keenum was seventh, Kellen Moore was eighth, Russell Wilson was ninth and Lamichael James was 10th.

For more, stay tuned to our 2011 Heisman Trophy stream, and here are the year's other college football awards winners. For more on Baylor's first-ever Heisman Trophy, visit Baylor Bears blog Our Daily Bears.

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2011 Heisman Trophy Winner: Robert Griffin III's Stats Prove He's The Right Choice

As expected, junior quarterback Robert Griffin III of the Baylor Bears is your 2011 Heisman Trophy winner. The 77th winner of college football's most famous award and the first in Baylor's history, he beat Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu.

Here, to help explain to the straggling non-believers why Griffin deserved the honor, is Mark C. Moore of the new (and great!) Baylor Bears blog Our Daily Bears:


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Robert Griffin III deserves the Heisman Trophy because he was, by any measure, the most outstanding player in college football this year.

In leading Baylor to a 9-3 record and No. 12 ranking in the BCS, Griffin amassed over 4,500 total yards and 45 touchdowns, broke the NCAA single-season record for passing efficiency (192.3 for Griffin this year), and led the country in yards per pass attempt. Baylor's offense ranked No. 1 in the country according to Football Outsider's FEI, while most rankings had our defense in the 100s.

No player means more to his team or to his community than Robert Griffin, who played his best in Baylor's biggest games (particularly against OU and UT late in the season). He delivered constant excitement and led his team to heights we've never seen before. He deserves the Heisman.

Griffin's season concludes in the Alamo Bowl against the Washington Huskies.

For more on Baylor's first-ever Heisman Trophy, visit Baylor Bears blog Our Daily Bears. For more college football, stick with SB Nation's college football news hub. For more, stay tuned to our 2011 Heisman Trophy stream, and here are the year's other college football awards winners.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Robert Griffin III, The Miracle Worker

Robert Griffin III may have been both the most exciting and most complete quarterback in the nation this year.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Andrew Luck's Year-Long March To New York

Andrew Luck may not have put up the gaudiest passing numbers, but his season is a testament to his sustained excellence.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Tyrann Mathieu, The Honey Badger Heads To NY

LSU Tigers cornerback Tyrann Mathieu is a longshot to win the 2011 Heisman Trophy because he doesn't have the status of an Andrew Luck or the national media support of a Trent Richardson. And that's before you mention the fact that he plays defense.

So why should Heisman voters seriously consider making Mathieu only the second defensive-first player ever to hoist the Heisman?

First of all, his nickname should warrant a few first-place votes all by itself. "The Honey Badger" has no equal.

Nickname aside, he's also got the stats to back it up. Mathieu leads one of the best defenses in the nation with 70 tackles and has forced six fumbles while recovering five. He also has a pair of interceptions.

In the last two weeks, he has sparked the Tigers to rally from early deficits. First, thanks to a 91-yard punt return against Arkansas and then a 62-yard punt return. The sophomore has a 16.1 yard per return average.

The odds are heavily against the Honey Badger winning the Heisman, and that's before you factor in early-season troubles for failing a drug test. His prize is likely the invitation. But if there's anything Mathieu has proven, it's that when the momentum is against him, that's when he does his best work.

The four other finalists for the 2011 Heisman Trophy are Stanford's Luck, Alabama's Richardson, Wisconsin's Montee Ball and Baylor's Robert Griffin III

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Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Montee Ball, Wisconsin's Badgerer

If the Heisman Trophy isn't about names but instead based on hardcore, undeniable stats, then Wisconsin Badgers running back Montee Ball could very well be the one hoisting it at the Downtown Athletic Club.

In 13 games this season, Ball has carried the ball 275 times for 1,759 yards, which is the best in the Big Ten and the entire FBS. Not only that, but Ball's 32 rushing touchdowns are the most by a skill player in major college football by six scores. His 6.4 yards per carry is second in the nation among RBs with 200+ carries.

Lest you think Ball is a one-trick pony, he also caught 20 passes for 255 yards and six touchdowns.

In the biggest game of the year, with the Big Ten Title on the line, Ball scored four touchdowns and led the Badgers to victory and the Rose Bowl over the Michigan State Spartans.

To give you a picture of just how dominant Ball has been this year, there was not a single game that Wisconsin played where Ball had fewer than two touchdowns.

The other four finalists for the 2011 Heisman Trophy were Stanford's Andrew Luck, Baylor's Robert Griffin III, LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama's Trent Richardson.

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Heisman Trophy Finalists 2011: Trent Richardson, Alabama's Second Coming

Trent Richardson might not be the nation's MVP, but his statistics aren't so bad either. Could he be Alabama's second-ever Heisman winner, and the second in three years?

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