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Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:08 pm

Robert Griffin in a runaway.

That’s how much Baylor’s quarterback has captured the nation – or rather the ballots of Heisman voters. Griffin was the landslide winner in the Dodds and Ends straw poll canvassing of 23 Heisman voters.

Griffin was named on all 23 ballots, getting 19 first-place votes. Stanford’s Andrew Luck was second having been named on 13 ballots, getting two first-place votes. Alabama’s Trent Richardson was third.

Ballots were due to the Heisman Trust on Monday. This poll suggests that Griffin made huge gains after beating Texas on Saturday. Before that, it seemed that Luck and Richardson had dominated the voting.

If Griffin follows through and wins the Stiff Arm on Saturday, he would be the first player from a private parochial school to win the Heisman since BYU’s Ty Detmer in 1990. He would be the first player from a non-traditional football school to win it since Boston College’s Doug Flutie in 1984.

Since then, the Heisman has been shared by only 17 schools.


The totals:

1. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor, 64 points (19 first-place votes)
2. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 25 (2)
3. Trent Richardson, TB, Alabama, 17 (2)
4. Montee Ball, TB, Wisconsin, 14
5. Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU, 11
6. Matt Barkley, QB, USC, 6
7. (tie) Collin Klein, QB, Kansas State; LaMichael James, TB, Oregon, 1

Participating voters: Lee Barknecht, Omaha World-Herald; Tony Barnhart,, CBS Sports Network; Mike Bianchi, Orlando Sentinel; Dean Blevins, News 9, Oklahoma City, Okla.; Kirk Bohls, Austin American-Statesman; Rick Bozich, Louisville Courier-Journal; Chip Brown,; Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News; Angelique Chengelis, Detroit News; Bob Condotta; Seattle Times; Dennis Dodd,; Erik Gee, KNML, Albuquerque, N.M.; Ken Goe, Portland Oregonian; Teddy Greenstein, Chicago Tribune; Matt Hayes, Sporting News; Tommy Hicks, Mobile Register; Ron Higgins, Memphis Commercial Appeal; Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch; Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star; Stewart Mandel,; George Schroeder, Eugene Register-Guard; David Teel, Newport News Daily Press; Dick Weiss, New York Post.   


Since: Dec 20, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 8:00 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Apparently by your definition, BYU is a "traditional football school" but Boston College isn't?  What exactly are your criteria?

Since: Feb 28, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:38 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

In my opinion it should be Montee Ball.  38 TDs in a single season, are you kidding me??  I would love to have that on my team.  Barry Sanders had 39.  BARRY SANDERS!!!!   So he is second to one of the greatest RBs ever!  That's right though, he doesn't play QB or in the SEC, so he should not get it.  Without Ball, UW is not in the Rose Bowl, or even the Big Ten Championship game.  What bowl is Baylor in again??  I believe it is the Alamo Bowl.  So why again would the best player in college football not have his team in a BCS bowl.  I would give it to Richardson before Griffin, and I hate Bama.  Hopefully the voters don't mess this one up.

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 6:56 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Please stop with all the talk about he changed the program or he didn't have great players around him. Montee ball having 38 TDs for a runningback is like the best college QB having 50-55 TDs. If Ball played for Bama, LSU, USC or NotreDame he would be a shooin..... Heisman the Best Player in College not all the other crap.

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 5:27 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

I know the first pick gets lots of money, but I don't think I'd want to be the first pick in the draft. Robert Griffin (the third) will probably benefit from that too. Let Luck go into Indianapolis, inherit a team that needs people at almost every position and try to fill the shoes of Peyton Manning. If I were Griffin, get out of that spotlight so you can focus on adjusting to the NFL. There are a number of teams looking for quarterbacks and the later you go in the first round, the better the teams you work with.

Don't really have an opinion as to who should win the Heisman this year. You look at the quarterbacks and can ask the question about the quality of receivers and how that influences numbers, or the quality of the competition? With the running backs, what about their offensive line play or the quality of competition? The Heisman is so subjective and influenced by marketing, media coverage and the "what have you done for me lately" mindset. If I were an NFL owner, I think I'd be pretty excited about getting any of the top six guys on that list.

Since: Aug 28, 2006
Posted on: December 10, 2011 2:50 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Who really cares who wins it? It's not going to get him drafted #1.... be lucky to go in the Top 5.

Since: Dec 9, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 11:17 am

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

In my oppinon, it is because Wisconson couldnt win the big games.  The heismen voters seam to take into account what the team did as apposed to what the player did.  If it were up to me, Montee Ball would place 3rd, behind RGIII and trent Richardson.  Look at the last two years. bothe of the heismen winners came from undefeated teams.  I would like too see the NCAA try to convince us that the team that the player is on doesn't matter.

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:58 am

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Griffin should win because he made Baylor good. I repeat, he made Baylor good! That in and of itself should win you the Heisman.

Since: Dec 10, 2011
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:49 am

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Just so you know in those 3 losses he through for over 1200 yards and 9 TDs.  He played on a team with one of the worst defenses in college football.  His numbers are better than Lucks in every statistical category and he played better competition.  Richardson is not even the best RB in football.  Just saying...

Since: Dec 9, 2010
Posted on: December 10, 2011 9:33 am

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

i dont see what most of you see. Luck? why do you think he is better than 5 or 6 other qbs? he put up stats in PAC-10. that means almost nothing. the kid from Boise had almost the same competition. Robert G is the best qb ive seen this year. andrew luck, 5th or 6th at best. your stupid to think hes better than RG, Russel from Wis., kid from Houston, Boise, a couple others. what do you see that makes Luck better? i dont see it. i dont pull for any of the schools i mentioned. razorback fan. no dog in hunt. honey badger best football player in america. better than the db that beat out peyton m. these qbs this year aint peyton m

Since: Mar 22, 2008
Posted on: December 10, 2011 7:12 am

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

correction the best player with stats...keenum AND ball

again no where should griffin be leading this LITTLE STRAW POLL OF IDIOT MEDIA VOTERs

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