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.
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