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

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

andrew luck is the BEST player hands down.  good luck griffin with your next round of your life. and when luck is in the middle of his great NFL career we can all look back and say the same thing we said about peyton not winning the heisman. 

if you want to go by sheer numbers and that is what the heisman is THIS YEAR (the flip flop wishy washy credentials of the heisman voting year after year) then case keenum should be the winner

if you go by the person who, by sheer talent alone, who if you took off their team and know they would be LUCKY to win 4 or 5 games, the winner is andrew luck.  alabama has no offense so giving the award to an alabama player with that pitiful offense would be like giving the award to teblow when his team went 7-4 and lost to michigan in the outcrap or crapone bowl.  griffin has great numbers but that is why the heisman is so laughed at these days. 

so which is it college football....the best total college football player? the best player with the best stats?  or the best player that is most irreplaceable?

that would be... LUCK, keenum, LUCK.

no where do i see griffin or richardson on this list

MEDIA voters=BcS 

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:01 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Well, if this is any condolence, Monte will be the first player taken in my keeper league next season.

Since: May 19, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:31 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

38 touchdowns. Let that sink in for a moment. 38 touchdowns. Only one player—Hall of Famer and football god Barry Sanders—has ever scored more in a single season. Still, for whatever reason, Wisconsin running back Montee Ball has struggled to reach front-runner status in the race for this year’s Heisman Trophy. When you consider the numbers of winners past, Ball’s inability to crack through becomes even more baffling. Take, for example, fellow Badger running back Ron Dayne’s Heisman season in 1999. When Dayne won the hardware, he ran 303 times for 1,834 yards and 19 touchdowns, with just one catch. This season, Ball has run for 1,759 yards on just 275 carries to go along with 20 catches for 255 yards and his 38 scores. Although you could argue that Dayne was more of a legacy winner for the work he put in over a stellar four-year career in Madison, there is no denying that his numbers were spectacular. Ball’s are even better, and he deserves the same recognition that the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher received a decade earlier. It’s also not like any of Ball’s competition has had a season unlike any ever seen before. Alabama running back Trent Richardson, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu have all had excellent seasons, but their stats aren’t unparalleled. Ball, on the other hand, has proven himself to be the second-most prolific scorer in NCAA history, and he did it while leading the Badgers to the Big Ten championship and a return trip to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl. Of the five finalists, only LSU’s Mathieu can also claim a conference title. Montee Ball has the stats, accolades and team success to be a serious contender for the Heisman Trophy. It’s a shame that it was questionable if he’d even receive an invite to the Nokia Theater, and it will be equally disappointing if he doesn’t become the second Wisconsin running back in just over 10 years to win college football’s most coveted individual prize.

Since: Jun 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:21 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

 Meh, Id love for Richardson to bring it back to Alabama but RG3 is very exciting. Not to mention, Baylor would be absolutely nothing without him. Only Baylor team to beat Texas and Oklahoma in the same season ... and I think that is there only win against Oklahoma?

Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:24 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Hawk...sorry you're so hung up on Bama losing AT HOME. Bama admits to losing AT HOME to the #1 team in the country. Using the same argument over and over = Sour Grapes

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:29 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll


Since: Jan 28, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:34 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Neither Trent Richardson nor Bama could find the freaking endzone AT HOME versus LSU ...

Git back in yer RV and STFU!  

Since: Dec 6, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:23 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Majority of Americans have attention spans of gnats.  RG3 was in relative obscurity during the whole middle of the season while his team lost 3 games.  His backup came in and put up the same type of numbers he did.  Yet the CBS Heisman panel can't remember that far back and basically make award decisions on the performance in the last game.  I feel sorry for both Richardson and Luck who were consistently great the entire season.

Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:21 pm

Robert Griffin in a landslide in my straw poll

Anyone who can turn Baylor into a winning team, beat OU for the first time in 20 years, and beat TCU in its first game after the Rose Bowl probably deserves more than just the Heisman. The Baptist Church will probably make him their very first Saint.

Since: Mar 9, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 12:36 pm
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