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2015 NFL DRAFT

Robert Griffin III, QB

School: Baylor  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Copperas Cove, TX
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 223 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
221
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04/29/2012 - While the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Griffin said he will have to work on the "verbiage" of Washington's West Coast offense, he added, that by the end of training camp, "it will be like reading the back of my hand. ... I'm a person that truly tries to lead by example. Sometimes I get tired talking about things because you want to just go do it. My dream has come true and it's up to me to figure out what I'm going to do." The ever-confident Griffin isn't concerned about adjusting from running Baylor's spread attack to a less option-based NFL offense. After working with former NFL assistant Terry Shea on his footwork, Griffin has already met with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for six hours to get a head start on learning the scheme that he'll begin trying to implement during the May 4-6 rookie minicamp at Redskins Park before he reports for full-time duty on May 14. "If you can play football in high school, you can be an elite college player," said Griffin, a self-described fast learner who finished Copperas Cove (Texas) High School and Baylor (political science degree) in three and a half years apiece and is working on his master's in communications. "If you're an elite college player, you can be an elite pro. I know I am a rookie, but I'm not go out and use that as an excuse. I'm gonna try to succeed. I'll savor the moment tonight. Tomorrow, I'll fly to D.C. and then we're ready to roll." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - We think he's a guy that fits in great with this organization. He's a guy that we want to develop and be the face of the organization." Griffin acknowledged the Redskins' longstanding struggles at quarterback where they started 21 players the past 19 years while reaching the playoffs just three times and never advancing beyond the divisional round. Washington's last Pro Bowl passer was Brad Johnson in 1999, not coincidentally when he led them to their last NFC East title. "I've definitely seen the struggles the team has gone through, especially when it comes to quarterbacks," Griffin said. "They drafted me to try to be the solution to that problem and I plan on being that solution. They're relying on me. That's what (owner) Dan Snyder told me. They're relying on me, and I like to be relied on. I feel like I can help in any way possible." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Redskins' picks: Round 1/2 -- Robert Griffin, QB, 6-2, 223, Baylor...Griffin averaged 25 touchdowns, six interceptions and 3,295 yards during his three full seasons as Baylor's starter. If he matches those numbers as a rookie, the Redskins will be thrilled. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - How excited was Robert Griffin III to officially become a Redskin on Thursday night? So excited that not only did the second overall pick wear burgundy and gold striped socks to the draft in New York, but he opened his conference calls with Washington's media by singing, "Hail To The Redskins." Said the 22-year-old Griffin, "That's how I felt; felt that good. I'm really excited. A team finally fell in love with me for who I am. I can't wait to go and play for 'em." The feeling is definitely mutual. After all, the Redskins traded the sixth overall pick, their first-rounders in 2013 and 2014 and this year's second-rounder to St. Louis six weeks earlier for Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. "We were really excited when we made the move from the sixth spot to the second spot," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, whose 2010 trade with Philadelphia for six-time Pro Bowl passer Donovan McNabb failed and who endured 25 turnovers in 13 starts by last year's quarterback, Rex Grossman. "We had a great feeling that Robert was gonna to be the guy we were gonna get. ... He knows when you make a commitment like that, that you're serious about him, you got a lot of belief in him. ... Just being around the guy, the way he handles himself, the way he works ... how sharp he is ... see what a class act he is, what type of charisma he has, he's gonna bring a whole lot to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. He's got everything you're looking for in a quarterback." Washington hasn't had one of those since Joe Theismann's career ended with a broken leg in November 1985. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - While the Redskins put some pressure on Griffin by drafting Cousins three rounds later, coach Mike Shanahan and Washington owner Dan Snyder certainly love their new focal point. "You let every quarterback be (himself)," Shanahan said. "He's a natural leader. Robert, you can just see his personality. He's a very relaxed guy. I'm very impressed with how he's handled himself throughout this process. From a character standpoint, you know he's going to be your first guy there and your last guy to leave. You're looking for a guy as a quarterback like (captain) London Fletcher handles himself on the defensive side. If you get a quarterback like London Fletcher, you're going to have a leader for years to come. And we believe that Robert is that guy. He wants to be the best at what he does and that's what excited us to see his commitment, both on the football field, in the classroom, being around his parents, his girlfriend. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The team has failed to land a franchise quarterback with Heath Shuler in 1994 and Norm Snead in 1961 and having endured generally unproductive play at the game's most important position since Brad Johnson led them to their last NFC East title in 1991. The Redskins also whiffed on first-round quarterbacks Patrick Ramsey in 2002 and Jason Campbell in 2005. "Being a Texas kid ... I've seen the Redskins over the years, I've seen the many quarterbacks that they've gone through. I'm glad that the organization and the coaching staff bought into drafting a younger quarterback, trying to make him their franchise quarterback and growing with him," said Griffin, who threw 78 touchdown passes and just 17 interceptions in his 41 college games while finishing as Baylor's fifth-leading career rusher and with the second-most efficient season as a senior of any quarterback in NCAA history. Shanahan, who has coached Hall of Famers John Elway and Steve Young (the latter as a coordinator), stressed the importance of a quarterback's supporting cast and defense, and the likelihood of growing pains for Griffin although "it will be a lot easier for Robert coming this year in than it would have been two years ago" before the roster had largely been redone. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - Given that the Redskins seemed to have chosen SMU guard Josh LeRibeus way too early in the third round and their other picks were all fourth-rounders on down, their draft was all about quarterbacks. They traded their first-rounders this year, next year and 2014 and their second-rounder this year to St. Louis to move up four spots to select Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III second overall. And then they used their third pick, the seventh selection in the fourth round, on Michigan State's three-year starter, Kirk Cousins. The move hearkens back to 1994, the last draft in which the Redskins chose a quarterback in the top 10 when they picked Heath Shuler third overall. He was eventually beaten out by Gus Frerotte, a seventh-rounder in the same draft. BEST PICK: Quarterback Robert Griffin III: The strong-armed, swift Griffin is the perfect new leader for a team that has started 21 quarterbacks over the last 19 seasons and has lacked a face of the franchise for nearly as long. Griffin is expected to be the opening day starter replacing holdover Rex Grossman. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - "We had a great feeling that Robert was gonna to be the guy we were gonna get. ... He knows when you make a commitment like that, that you're serious about him, you got a lot of belief in him. ... Just being around the guy, the way he handles himself, the way he works ... how sharp he is ... see what a class act he is, what type of charisma he has, he's gonna bring a whole lot to this organization. You're always looking for that franchise guy. He's got everything you're looking for in a quarterback." Washington hasn't had one of those since Joe Theismann's career ended with a broken leg in November 1985. The team has failed to land a franchise quarterback with Heath Shuler in 1994 and Norm Snead in 1961 and having endured generally unproductive play at the game's most important position since Brad Johnson led them to their last NFC East title in 1991. The Redskins also whiffed on first-round quarterbacks Patrick Ramsey in 2002 and Jason Campbell in 2005. "Being a Texas kid ... I've seen the Redskins over the years, I've seen the many quarterbacks that they've gone through. I'm glad that the organization and the coaching staff bought into drafting a younger quarterback, trying to make him their franchise quarterback and growing with him," said Griffin, who threw 78 touchdown passes and just 17 interceptions in his 41 college games while finishing as Baylor's fifth-leading career rusher and with the second-most efficient season as a senior of any quarterback in NCAA history. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis): QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor -- Coach Mike Shanahan called Griffin the ideal fit for the West Coast offense, and pundits compare the Heisman winner to Aaron Rodgers and Steve Young. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - The ever-confident Griffin isn't concerned about adjusting from running Baylor's spread attack to a less option-based NFL offense. After working with former NFL assistant Terry Shea on his footwork, Griffin has already met with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for six hours to get a head start on learning the scheme that he'll begin trying to implement during the May 4-6 rookie minicamp at Redskins Park before he reports for full-time duty on May 14. "If you can play football in high school, you can be an elite college player," said Griffin, a self-described fast learner who finished Copperas Cove (Texas) High School and Baylor (political science degree) in three and a half years apiece and is working on his master's in communications. "If you're an elite college player, you can be an elite pro. I know I am a rookie, but I'm not go out and use that as an excuse. I'm gonna try to succeed. I'll savor the moment tonight. Tomorrow, I'll fly to D.C. and then we're ready to roll." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - How excited was Robert Griffin III to officially become a Redskin on Thursday night? So excited that not only did the second overall pick wear burgundy and gold striped socks to the draft in New York, but he opened his conference calls with Washington's media by singing, "Hail To The Redskins." Said the 22-year-old Griffin, "That's how I felt; felt that good. I'm really excited. A team finally fell in love with me for who I am. I can't wait to go and play for 'em." The feeling is definitely mutual. After all, the Redskins traded the sixth overall pick, their first-rounders in 2013 and 2014 and this year's second-rounder to St. Louis six weeks earlier for Baylor's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. "We were really excited when we made the move from the sixth spot to the second spot," said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, whose 2010 trade with Philadelphia for six-time Pro Bowl passer Donovan McNabb failed and who endured 25 turnovers in 13 starts by last year's quarterback, Rex Grossman. - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - Shanahan, who has coached Hall of Famers John Elway and Steve Young (the latter as a coordinator), stressed the importance of a quarterback's supporting cast and defense, and the likelihood of growing pains for Griffin although "it will be a lot easier for Robert coming this year in than it would have been two years ago" before the roster had largely been redone. While the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Griffin said he will have to work on the "verbiage" of Washington's West Coast offense, he added, that by the end of training camp, "it will be like reading the back of my hand. ... I'm a person that truly tries to lead by example. Sometimes I get tired talking about things because you want to just go do it. My dream has come true and it's up to me to figure out what I'm going to do." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - Minnesota, you are on the clock. Whoa! What happened to the first two picks in the NFL draft? Of course, the Indianapolis Colts and Washington Redskins will make those two choices to kick off Thursday night's proceedings. But the uncertainty at the very top disappeared a while ago, since the Colts announced they will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, and the Redskins made it clear Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was their man. That unofficially puts Minnesota on the clock and one thing seems definite: Anything could happen with the Vikings' pick. With a half-dozen or so players considered elite in this college crop, Minnesota figures to choose between Southern California tackle Matt Kalil, Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Selecting Richardson would indicate concern by the Vikings about the recovery of star running back Adrian Peterson from torn left knee ligaments suffered in late December. Or, as Vikings general manager Rick Spielman and coach Leslie Frazier have indicated, they might just swap the pick, moving down in the first round and collecting more spots. ''Looking at our draft board and the depth of the board, we still think there is a lot of good value in that first round. If you go back X amount of spots, you can still get an impact player,'' Spielman said. - AP Sports

04/26/2012 - Redskins general manager Bruce Allen confirmed what had been a foregone conclusion for some time in announcing Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will be Washington's choice with the No. 2 overall pick tonight. The remaining shred of uncertainly about where the Heisman Trophy winner would end up was removed earlier this week when Colts general manager Ryan Grigson confirmed Indianapolis will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the top pick. "The exciting part about what we were able to do was we fell in love with both quarterbacks," Allen said on the NFL Network on Thursday. "We knew we wanted to move up. The Colts didn't want to make a trade and the Rams having a franchise quarterback allowed us to pinpoint the No. 2 spot. But it's not just this year for either one of those quarterbacks; it's the body of work that they accomplished in college football, it's what we found out about them as individuals that really set them apart from everybody that we had graded in this draft." Allen said Luck and Griffin III both have "terrific talent," but added that RG3 "fits our offense to a tee." Washington forked over a big bounty to acquire the No. 2 overall pick last month, sending St. Louis the No. 6 overall pick tonight, two future first-round picks and a second-round pick. - Derek Harper, The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor*: In most years, Griffin would be the unquestioned No. 1 overall pick. He possesses a combination of straight-line speed and accuracy on the deep ball that has drawn comparisons to Eagles' star Michael Vick and frankly, RG3's leadership traits make him an ever safer pick than the No. 1 overall pick of the 2001 draft. Forget what Donovan McNabb says, Griffin is an ideal fit in the Washington Redskins' current offense under Mike and his son (and offensive coordinator) Kyle Shanahan's offense and with more talent around him, could enjoy more immediate success than Luck. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Griffin may have the best combination of quick release and velocity of any QB in the draft. He throws with accuracy and his deep passes are especially impressive, destroying defenses like long-range missiles. In only three seasons, Griffin set or tied 54 school records and several NCAA marks. He is only one of three players in college history to throw for 10,000 yards (10,071) and rush for more than 2,000 (2,199). Born in Japan as the son of Army Sergeants, Griffin is a natural leader with a team-first attitude. He has flaws, including a severe knee injury in 2009 and a concussion in 2011. He ran a spread offense in college; is not totally comfortable under center; can be skittish in the pocket and doesn't move through his progressions as well as Luck. But even Superman had his Kryptonite. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/23/2012 - Robert Griffin III, the likely second-overall pick in next week's NFL draft, represents a new type of player to the league, former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian recently told The Washington Post. "He presents a threat that we really haven't seen before," Polian said of the Baylor quarterback's arm and sprinter's speed. The Washington Redskins, who sent three first-round picks and their 2012 second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 pick, are widely expected to choose Griffin. Often compared to last year's top pick, dual-threat QB Cam Newton, Polian contrasted their two styles of play. Griffin "is a world-class track man and as such, is a bit of a long-strider and a bit of a narrow-base guy, as opposed to Cam, who's an instinctive, natural football runner," Polian said. "RG3 is not that," Polian added. "That said, he has enough shake to beat most defensive linemen. And once he sticks his foot in the ground and goes, it's gone baby, gone ... that's unique. He presents a threat that's absolutely unique." Polian also lauded the 6-foot-3, 223-pound Griffin's arm: "If he pulls up to throw ... all he has to do is stand up and flick that wrist and the ball will go across the field 55, 50 yards in the wink of an eye -- on a rope, and it's accurate." - NFL.com

04/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT TOP QUARTERBACKS: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, 6-2, 223...Since he won the Heisman, RG3's ascent into the consciousness of NFL scouts, teams and fans has been one of the most remarkable in draft history. At one point it was blasphemous to think another quarterback might challenge Luck to be the first pick. Then RG3 beat Luck for the Heisman and the debate became everyday conversation. Even Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, who engineered a historic trade into the second spot, admits there is no guarantee whether he is in position to take Luck or RG3. "But I'm not complaining," he said. "You gotta love both of them." A fan of super heroes, Griffin became one himself last season as the unstoppable RG3, leading Baylor to unprecedented heights with a strong arm, quick feet and made-for-Hollywood charisma. Griffin's humble disguise as a prelaw student with a political science degree (2010) was transparent even before he revealed those Superman socks the night he accepted the Heisman Trophy. A dynamic, graceful athlete, Griffin leapt over intermediate hurdles in world-class time as a prep. He verified that at the combine, where they announced his 40-yard time as 4.41 seconds, but Griffin himself was told he was actually timed as fast as 4.33. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

04/16/2012 - Former Oklahoma State star and Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders will be featured on the newest cover of NCAA Football 13. On new cover, released Monday, Sanders is pictured along with former Baylor quarterback, and the most recent Heisman Trophy winner, Robert Griffin III. "I owe it to my fans...still humbled to see so many that remember the 1988 OSU Athletics season so fondly," said Sanders via his personal Twitter account after the new cover was released. The former OSU running back beat out seven other Heisman Trophy winners selected as finalists for the cover of the video game that will be released on July 10. The winner was chosen by fan votes on the NCAA Football's Facebook page. Some of Sanders competition included former USC running back Marcus Allen, former Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie, former Ohio State running back Eddie George, former Michigan wide receiver Desmond Howard, former Georgia running back Herschel Walker, former Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward and former University of Houston quarterback Andre Ware. According to Electronic Arts, the game's publisher, the new release will also feature some new key features like pre and post game presentations, a new passing system and improvements to the defensive AI so that computer-controlled defenders react to plays more authentically. - TV News on 6, Oklahoma

04/10/2012 - Art Briles panicked the first time he saw Robert Griffin III throw a football in person. It was that feeling you get when a secret you must keep is close to getting out. Griffin's reputation as a turbo-charged sprinter preceded him to the University of Houston's football camp in the summer of 2007, but Briles, the Cougars' head coach at the time, didn't expect such quality passing form and arm strength. After Griffin threw his first ball that day, Briles hurried to Philip Montgomery, Houston's co-offensive coordinator back then. "We've got to hide him," Briles told his lieutenant. They did better than that. They convinced Griffin to commit to Houston. He eventually followed those two to Baylor, and the rest is Heisman history. Almost five years later, as the Washington Redskins target Griffin with the No. 2 pick in the draft this month, Griffin's evolved combination of speed and passing skill has talent evaluators, coaches and analysts expecting him to thrive under Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. "Mike likes to run the ball ... and likes to move his quarterback," said Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak, who served as Shanahan's offensive coordinator in Denver for 11 seasons. "I don't know that I've seen one move like this guy in a while. He's very smart. This guy is going to fit perfect with what they want to do." The Redskins believe so, too. "You like what you see on film," Shanahan said. "As we all know, going from the collegiate level to the pro level, there's always growing pains. Every quarterback goes through it, but he's got such a big upside." - Rich Campbell, The Washington Times

04/09/2012 - Castrol, which signed on as the official motor oil of the NFL last season, is pairing up with former Baylor quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, using him to promote its Castrol Edge product. RGIII, who is expected to be taken second in the draft by the Washington Redskins, will be featured in banner ads for the premium synthetic oil brand, along with a game that allows consumers to see how fast they can get him to run. RGIII will promote the partnership through Twitter, which he joined last week. His handle, @RGIII, already has almost 90,000 followers. If you are wondering why a motor oil is sponsoring the NFL, and now a top draft pick, that's a good question. The answer? To break out of the clutter. While Castrol has been involved with traditional motorsports for years, it's harder to stand above the crowd, said Carolyn Eckert, Castrol's sponsorship promotions and creative services director. "The fact that this partnership is unexpected is one of the reasons it has worked so well," Eckert said. "Our first year with the NFL exceeded our expectations. It has really brought our ???Strength To Perform' motto to life." - Darren Rovell, CNBC Sports Business

04/07/2012 - The Washington Redskins reportedly plan to have multiple visits with quarterback Robert Griffin III at Baylor, the school at which he won the Heisman Trophy this past season, in the coming weeks. Comcast reported that Redskins offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan was in Waco, Tex., on Friday to visit Griffin and will visit Griffin "a couple times each week." Such on-campus visits are permissible under NFL rules. Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said in an e-mail to the league-owned NFL Network: "No different than any of the previous years - we send our coaches to college campus for player evaluations. In the coming weeks, we will be visiting some other colleges." Allen did not respond to a request for further comment. The Redskins are widely expected to select Griffin with the second overall choice in the NFL draft this month. - Mark Maske, The Washington Post

04/05/2012 - The Tuesday morning report that Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has declined the opportunity to audition individually for Indianapolis officials prompted immediate speculation that the Baylor star prefers to play in Washington, which traded up for the second overall choice, rather than succeed Peyton Manning in a Colts' uniform. But officials from both the Colts and the Redskins told The Sports Xchange on Tuesday morning that they haven't gotten that impression from Griffin or his camp. Rather, they feel, Griffin and agent Ben Dogra have assumed, possibly in a very educated guess, that the Colts will take Andrew Luck with the first choice, and they view a private workout for Indianapolis as academic. They're probably right. Although Indianapolis officials continue to insist they've made no decision between Luck and Griffin, most personnel officials from other clubs will be stunned if the Colts don't take the Stanford star No. 1. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

04/03/2012 - The hottest topic of Shanahan's Owner's meeting session was the deal with St. Louis to be able to draft either Baylor's Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III or fellow standout quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford, whichever one Indianapolis doesn't take first overall to replace Manning. "If you can get a guy that you feel is a franchise quarterback, then you've got to make decisions in the best interest of your organization, and we felt it was," Shanahan said when asked about the high price. "When I think back about when the Broncos got John Elway, I don't think anybody looks back and says, 'Hey, did we overpay?' To get a guy like that doesn't happen very often. So to get a guy that you feel is a franchise quarterback, I think you've really upped your organization over the long term." Shanahan attended Griffin's and Luck's on-campus Pro Days recently and was at least as impressed with each quarterback as he was beforehand. "When you make a move to the second pick of the draft, you've got to feel very comfortable with both guys," he said. "Whatever happens, happens, but you've got to feel great about both." - The Sports Xchange

04/02/2012 - George Whitfield knows what a franchise quarterback looks like. He worked with Cam Newton before the 2011 NFL Draft and he's currently Andrew Luck's personal coach. Which means that there's a good chance he will have tutored the first-overall selection in back-to-back years. It also gives him a unique perspective when it comes to evaluating the 2012 draft class, specifically whether the Colts, who have the No. 1 pick by virtue of their 2-14 record last season, will take Luck or Robert Griffin III. Owner Robert Irsay has been noncommittal on the issue although most people think that Luck's a lock to be the next face of the franchise in Indianapolis. Whitfield, meanwhile, has some advice: keep it simple. "If they over-think this, they're going to make a mistake they'll regret for years, "he told the Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz. Why would RG3 even be under consideration as the Colts' choice? In a word: upside. With Luck, conventional wisdom goes, it's pretty much what you see is what you get. Griffin's potential could make him a truly special player. So the trade off in this scenario comes down to what a team knows it's getting (in Luck) and what it hopes it'll get (in RG3). - Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports

03/29/2012 - The experiment that brought Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins was an abject disaster. Even Rex Grossman wouldn't argue that. And it stands to reason that McNabb and Mike Shanahan don't like each other very much as a result of what went down in D.C. after Shanny wasted traded a second- and third-round draft pick for McNabb. But time has passed and it heals all wounds and so when McNabb appeared on ESPN's "First Take" Thursday to talk about football, he was completely objective about the Redskins. Or not. "I was misused," McNabb said, via MDS at PFT. "Absolutely, I was misused." The point of McNabb being asked about his time in DC was to discuss how Robert Griffin III might fit with the Redskins. And McNabb thinks he will bomb with Washington and Shanahan will get fired. "I don't think it's a good fit," McNabb said. "If this doesn't work this year, if we don't see a splash like a Cam Newton splash, this could be it. How long does he have with RG3? The seat is hot right now." McNabb then used the RG3 debate to take a shot at Shanahan's legacy in working with quarterbacks. "We talk so much about Mike Shanahan and the things he was able to do in Denver," McNabb said. "Well, I have a couple of names for you that Mike Shanahan - quarterbacks he's coached - and the lack of success that he's had." - Will Brinson, CBS Sports

03/27/2012 - The new Indianapolis football regime, both general manager Ryan Grigson and coach Chuck Pagano, emphasized that no one should read too much into the report that quarterback Andrew Luck, but not Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, will hold a private workout for team officials in coming days. The workout with Luck is expected next week. "It's just a matter of timing and scheduling," Grigson said. "It's nothing more than that. We've seen plenty of (Griffin) to know what he's about." Grigson reiterated that the Colts aren't yet close to a decision about which of the two quarterbacks will be the draft's first overall choice. Owner Jim Irsay reiterated as well that Indianapolis is unlikely to reach a contract accord with the first pick before, "or much before" the draft begins. The last word: "I don't know that there's a so-called 'wrong' pick. You'd probably rather not be in this position, but this is what it is. So you try to make the most of it." -- Indianapolis coach Pagano on having the first overall selection, and likely choosing between Luck and Griffin. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/24/2012 - Is Stanford's Andrew Luck still a lock to be selected first overall by the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft April 26 over Heisman Trophy-winning Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III? Maybe. Maybe not. After his dazzling pro day Wednesday, Griffin said he was "not going to close the book" on the prospect of hearing his name called first. The Colts were represented at Baylor by coach Chuck Pagano and quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen. Griffin was presumed to be No. 2 after the Washington Redskins traded three first-round picks plus a second-rounder to the St. Louis Rams on March 9 in a seeming play for the more mobile passer befitting coach Mike Shanahan's bootleg system. Griffin sparked debate with his pro-day precision. Luck's solid showing Thursday was attended by Colts and Redskins brass. "Don't tell me it's not possible RGIII could go No. 1 overall," NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth says. "Somebody could trade into No. 1. This is the craziest offseason of football news I ever remember, from Peyton Manning to the Saints (sanctions) and the Tim Tebow trade." Collinsworth says it is win-win among "two of the sharpest guys ever to come out." But he's convinced Luck's 6-4, 235-pound frame and presnap audibling in a pro-style system fit Indianapolis. "The guy who seems to most play like Peyton appears to be Luck," he says. NBC analyst Tony Dungy, a former Colts coach, says Griffin's top-flight speed and athleticism add a dimension. "Not to say Luck won't be great," he says. "But do you want Dan Marino or John Elway?" - Jim Corbett, USA TODAY

03/24/2012 - After a sweaty workout at the University of South Florida that generated plaudits from former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, Robert Griffin III said Friday it's not a foregone conclusion the Indianapolis Colts will bypass him for Andrew Luck with the first overall pick in next month's NFL draft. The Heisman Trophy winner out of Baylor was in Tampa to participate in Gruden's ESPN quarterback camp just 48 hours after his Pro Day in Waco, Texas, attracted new Colts coach Chuck Pagano and Indy quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen, a former Tampa Bay assistant. Also on hand at Baylor's indoor practice facility Wednesday were Redskins owner Daniel Snyder and coach Mike Shanahan. Two weeks ago, Washington traded three first-round picks to St. Louis for the right to pick second overall behind the Colts. "If you say you don't want to be picked No.?1, that means you're not a competitor," Griffin said after completing a series of passing drills coordinated by Gruden. "In my mind, there are two No. 1 picks this year and you never know what's going to happen on draft day." Many pro scouts believe Luck will thrive as a pocket passer at the NFL level while Griffin's rare athleticism stamps him as a dual threat, in the style of Carolina quarterback Cam Newton, the NFL's offensive rookie of the year in 2011. "These two guys (Luck and Griffin) are not only great talents, but they're great people," said Gruden, who worked Luck out in Tampa earlier this month in anticipation of an ESPN special to be aired before the draft. "It's tough to pick between these guys. Just like the Heisman, you could have gone either way. They're both big, fast and passionate about football." - Ira Kaufman, The Tampa Tribune

03/22/2012 - Baylor Pro Day: Griffin displayed improvement in his drops and showed off his rocket arm strength, making challenging throws to the opposite side of the field with ease. His touch passes were on-point, dropping the ball in the bucket and showing outstanding deep accuracy. It's important to remember these Pro Days are scripted with no defensive pressure and good quarterbacks should excel. But even with high expectations, Griffin received "ooh's" and "ahh's" from those in attendance. "It was pretty exciting," Griffin said. "Just a few weeks ago, I was a freshman, 198 pounds. Now I'm in my Pro Day getting ready for the NFL. It's kind of surreal. I just try not to be nervous. I used the bathroom before I threw, so I got that out of me and was ready to go." While Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who is set to work out Thursday, is widely believed to be the No. 1 overall pick on draft day, the buzz on Wednesday was that Griffin is in legitimate contention for the top spot. Colts coaches, including Pagano and quarterbacks Coach Clyde Christensen, were present for the workout. Griffin stood on all his numbers from the Combine, but he was on-hand to cheer his teammates as they went through drills. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - Baylor Pro Day: Baylor doesn't carry the same weight as a traditional football factory as other programs in Texas can lay claim to, but Waco was the center of the NFL world on Wednesday as the Bears held their Pro Day. It was the largest turnout of NFL front office personnel and coaches at a Pro Day in program history as hundreds gathered at the school's indoor facility. Every NFL team was represented, including three head coaches: Mike Shanahan (Redskins), Lovie Smith (Bears) and Chuck Pagano (Colts). Quarterback Robert Griffin III was the obvious center of the attention, and he exceeded expectations. In one of the longer passing sessions at a Pro Day in recent memory, Griffin completed 76-of-82 throws with four drops and two incompletions. He wasn't perfect, but he was darn close, taking full command of the workout. Quarterback guru Terry Shea scripted the throws, but Griffin did the rest, even selecting the music that was blasted throughout the facility. The Heisman Trophy winner looked comfortable throwing the ball on his own turf, showing good feet, a quick release and an aura of confidence as he smiled all morning. Redskins general manager Bruce Allen also smiled during the workout, perhaps viewing the next quarterback of his organization as Washington recently traded a slew of draft picks for the No. 2 overall selection. "He's a talented player," Allen said. "What you saw on tape all year and his entire career, you got to see up close and personal. He had a good workout." - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

03/22/2012 - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has completed an impressive pro day performance. With Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Mike Shanahan among NFL personnel watching, Griffin was sharp on a scripted 51 passes he has been working on with quarterback consultant Terry Shea. Griffin, who didn't throw at the NFL combine last month, was at ease throughout his 30-minute session. He smiled, slapped the hands of his receivers -- including Baylor teammate and NFL prospect Kendall Wright -- and was precise on most throws. Washington traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to St. Louis for the No. 2 pick in next month's NFL Draft. That's presumably to select Griffin since the Indianapolis Colts, now without Peyton Manning, are expected to take Andrew Luck from Stanford first overall. - AP Sports

03/21/2012 - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has completed an impressive pro day performance. With Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder and coach Mike Shanahan among NFL personnel watching, Griffin was sharp on a scripted 51 passes he has been working on with quarterback consultant Terry Shea. Griffin, who didn't throw at the NFL combine last month, was at ease throughout his 30-minute session. He smiled, slapped the hands of his receivers - including Baylor teammate and NFL prospect Kendall Wright - and was precise on most throws. Washington traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to St. Louis for the No. 2 pick in next month's NFL draft. That's presumably to select Griffin since the Indianapolis Colts, now without Peyton Manning, are expected to take Andrew Luck from Stanford first overall. - AP Sports

03/21/2012 - Though he hasn't even been picked, expectations for Griffin and the franchise are already running high after the Redskins traded three first-round picks and a second-rounder to St. Louis in order to move up. Griffin wore a shirt that had 'No pressure, no diamonds' emblazoned on the front of his chest and actually looked forward to experiencing things at the next level even if he's being hailed as a savior. "There was lots of pressure at Baylor. He and I did a lot of talking. Lots of talking pre-games, a lot of times between seasons," Griffin's father, Robert Jr., said. "We feel like, at the professional level, there won't be as much pressure. Yes, there are millions of dollars involved and stuff like that. But the individual pressure we don't feel will be as much. The biggest thing for him is to work on his craft." Indianapolis was well represented at the work out with several scouts and front office personnel looking on with keen interest. Griffin appeared happy with the knowledge that he would be headed to Washington once the draft rolled around but certainly didn't close the door on the Colts surprising everybody and grabbing him with the top pick next month. "It's up to them and whatever they decide," he said. "They're going to go to Andrew (Luck's) Pro Day tomorrow and it's up to them to make that decision. I'm not going to close the book on it, it's kind of down to two teams it seems. If it's not those two teams, it will be somebody else and I'd be happy to play for that team as well." After Wednesday, it's pretty apparent every team would be happy to have Griffin play for them. - Bryan Fischer, CBS Sports

03/16/2012 - It takes two to tango, sure, but also to drive sales for a sports card product. You had Sam Bradford and Tim Tebow in 2010 and Mark Sanchez and Matt Stafford in 2009, all the way back to Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf in 1998, a then-profitable one-two punch that rivaled any in football card history. Since that's the case, card manufacturers must be thanking the heavens, then, for Robert Griffin III. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner who led Baylor to its first bowl victory in 20 years is the perfect card-collectible complement to former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, a "high-risk, high-reward" investment to counteract the expected steady growth of Luck's cards. Both have proved their mettle. And their metal. The duo made its cardboard debut last week with the release of 2012 Leaf Metal Draft football and early returns have been promising. Luck's non-autographed rookie cards - the prohibitive No. 1 pick signed an exlusive deal with Press Pass, prohibiting him signing for Leaf - have sold well this week, with his Prismatic parallel rookie card, limited to 99 copies, averaging roughly $120 a sale. Griffin is proving even more lucrative, though his cards feature on-card autographs, as a Blue Prismatic parallel autograph rookie card sold for $465. - Jon Gold, ESPN Page2

03/15/2012 - New St. Louis Rams general manager Les Snead called it a nice coincidence that the team dealt the second pick of the draft before the beginning of free agency. On Wednesday, the Rams and Redskins finalized the trade that showed the level of Washington's desperation to make sure it can take quarterback Robert Griffin III, expected to go with the second pick. The Redskins moved up four spots and sent their sixth overall pick and their second-rounder this year, the 39th overall, plus first-round picks in 2013 and 2014. "It evolved I think because of the circumstances of the position and what people wanted that made the pick valuable," Snead said. "I think a lot of the teams, including us, wanted to get it done sooner rather than later. "It happened to be before free agency so we could all start making plans." St. Louis put the pick on the market because it didn't need a quarterback, and had been expected to take Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon if it had stayed at No. 2. The Redskins had to make sure they outbid the Browns, who could have offered both the No. 4 and No. 22 selections in this year's draft. "With the interest other teams had in our first round pick, we found ourselves in a unique situation," coach Jeff Fisher said. "This trade gives us a great opportunity to immediately upgrade our team through the draft and then sustain our team's improvement with valuable picks in future drafts." - AP Sports

03/14/2012 - Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III, in his first public comments since the Washington Redskins traded up to acquire the No. 2 draft pick last Friday, would not concede he is destined for D.C. "Coach [Mike] Shanahan and the GM and the owner there in Washington have a decision to make," Griffin told 1660 ESPN Radio in Central Texas on Tuesday afternoon. "I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just looking forward to being in the NFL. "I don't say that just because that's what I'm supposed to say. I say it because you never know what can happen. That's why I try to keep an open mind that way. No matter who drafts me, I'm excited to go play for that team." It would seem the Indianapolis Colts are the ones with the real decision, though. Griffin plans to throw at Baylor's Pro Day on March 21. He wants to help his teammates get attention from NFL scouts, but he also is still pushing to convince Indianapolis to take him first overall. "The pick itself, everyone is assuming Washington is coming to get me, but that's not certain," he said. "Nothing in life is certain." - Rich Campbell, The Washington Times

03/10/2012 - Three Number One draft picks for Robert Griffin III? I don't make that deal. Yes, I know what Washington did, shipping its top draft picks in each of the next three years to St. Louis for the right to pick the Baylor quarterback. Also in the deal is Washington's 39th pick this season. Maybe the man known as RG3 will be worth it. Maybe Browns fans will add the 'No Deal For RG3' to the list of laments, along with 'Red Right 88', 'The Drive' and the other stops on the local football trail of tears. Maybe failure to out-bid Washington will forever haunt the current front office of President Mike Holmgren and General Manager Tom Heckert. But I doubt it. And I would not have risked it. Griffin is a unique talent and an exceptional student. It would be a shock if he fails to become a good NFL quarterback. But great quarterbacks need superior players to help them reach those heights. This trade would have almost assured the Browns of not being able to protect and maximize Griffin's talent. Losing the top picks over the next few seasons cuts off the main flow of talent. - Terry Pluto, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

03/09/2012 - St. Louis has agreed to trade the No. 2 overall pick in next month's draft to the Redskins, Rams vice-president and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff confirmed to The Sports Xchange. The Rams would reportedly receive Washington's No. 6 overall pick this year, two future first-round picks and a second-round pick in a trade first reported by FOXSports.com. It's the type of bounty the Rams hoped to land when new coach Jeff Fisher said last month the team is committed to quarterback Sam Bradford and would listen to offers for the second overall pick. The trade cannot become official until the new league year begins at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, when free agency also opens. With the Indianapolis Colts expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the first overall pick, the Redskins would then be positioned to grab Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. The Redskins' urgency to move up to the No. 2 spot was heightened with multiple reports saying Peyton Manning told the team he wasn't interested in playing for Washington after being released by Indianapolis on Wednesday. With Cleveland and Miami - should the Dolphins not sign Manning - both interested in trading up to nab Griffin III, the Redskins made a preemptive strike with a tantalizing package of draft picks to help the Rams stock their roster over the next few years. - The Sports Xchange

02/29/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE RISERS: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: He didn't throw a pass at the Combine, but "RG3" was unquestionably the biggest star of the week. He measured in at 6-2, displayed a magnetic personality, ran the 40 faster than most of the wide receivers, running backs and cornerbacks in attendance ... and set the Rams up to restock their roster with the bounty they will inevitably land by dealing the No. 2 overall pick. - Rob Rang/NFLDraftScout & Derek Harper/The Sports Xchange

02/29/2012 - There are mixed opinions on the fact the St. Louis Rams are advertising so early -- two months before the draft -- that they plan to deal the second overall pick in the draft, but the consensus is that it won't make much of a difference. "Look, everyone knows they're going to trade it anyway, so what the big deal?" said one general manager with a pick in the top 10, who won't make a move, despite some questions at quarterback. "Everyone has plenty of time to conduct due diligence now, to examine (Robert Griffin III) in every way possible, and for the Rams to gauge the price. In the end, (the early advertising) won't make much difference." In the unlikely event the Rams get stuck with the choice, St. Louis officials told The Sports Xchange they are still examining the top prospects on the board after Andrew Luck and have a few in mind. It is expected that Southern Cal tackle Matt Kalil and wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State are two near the top of the Rams' board. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/27/2012 - Electronic Arts Inc today announced Robert Griffin III, former Baylor University quarterback, will be featured on the cover of EA SPORTS NCAA Football 13, set to hit retail shelves on Tuesday, July 10. In addition to RG3, a fellow Heisman Trophy winner will appear on the cover of NCAA Football 13 based on a fan vote. The first student-athlete from Baylor to win the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III - popularly known as "RG3"- also won the Davey O'Brien Award and was named the Associated Press College Football Player of the Year in 2011. In 2008, RG3 was named the Big 12 Conference Offensive Freshman of the Year by the league's coaches, setting the school's rushing yards record for a freshman and for a quarterback with 843 yards for the season. Developed in Orlando, Florida by EA Tiburon, and licensed by The Collegiate Licensing Company, a division of IMG College, NCAA Football 13 will be available on the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. - EA Sports

02/26/2012 - For those arguing that Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III should leap Andrew Luck as the top quarterback -- and prospect -- of the 2012 draft, he helped the cause by demonstrating his unbelievable straight-line speed Sunday morning. Griffin was unofficially clocked at 4.41 seconds by The NFL Network on his first attempt and ran even faster the second time around, zipping down the line at 4.38 seconds, according to the league's stopwatch. The demonstration of spectacular speed was not a surprise considering Griffin's Olympic potential, but it nonetheless gives scouts an actual time to go with all of the Heisman winner's highlights. Griffin is currently rated as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 2 prospect in the draft and is projected by Senior Analyst Rob Rang to be the subject of an aggressive trade-up by some QB-hungry team in his recent mock draft. - NFLDraftScout.com

02/24/2012 - Football is a game of inches. And not only on the field. Quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers weighed in at the NFL Combine and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III impressed at 6023 (6-2 3/8) and 223 pounds according to multiple sources. Listed at 6-2, 220, as a junior at Baylor, reports circulated that the Heisman Trophy winner might be closer to 6-0 and 200-pounds. However, it was best case scenario for Griffin who debunked several rumors just by stepping on a scale and getting measured. Since he decided to forego his senior season in Waco, he has been the No. 2 quarterback in this draft class by NFLDraftScout.com behind only Stanford's Andrew Luck. Fellow draft analyst Rob Rang ranks Griffin as the No. 4 overall prospect on his Big Board. With his official measureables in the books, all eyes will be on Griffin during workouts, especially for his 40-yard dash, if he decides to run on Sunday with his quarterback group. As a true freshman at Baylor in 2008, he was a Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 400-meter hurdles (49.55). Griffin also won the gold medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the Big 12 track meet with the third-fastest time in school history (49.22). Although Griffin isn't expected to throw for NFL teams in Indianapolis this week, Griffin has stated he's "excited to wow them in interviews." He will throw and work out at Baylor's Pro Day, which was recently moved up one day to March 21 to not conflict with Stanford's (and Andrew Luck's) Pro Day. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 2. *Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, 6-2, 220, 1...A fan of superheroes, Griffin became one himself last season as the unstoppable "RG3," who led Baylor to unprecedented heights and won a Heisman Trophy. Griffin's humble disguise as a pre-law student with a political science degree (in 2010) was already seen through before he revealed those Superman socks the night he accepted the Heisman Trophy. A dynamic, graceful athlete, Griffin leapt over intermediate hurdles in world class time as prep and, after turning down scholarships to Stanford and opting out of Houston, he unleashed an effortless but deadly passing motion at Baylor. Griffin threw the football with the power, accuracy and the long range impact of a ballistic missile. In only three seasons, he set or tied 54 school records and several NCAA marks. He is only one of three players in college history to throw for 10,000 yards (10,071) and rush for more than 2,000 yards (2,199). Born in Japan as the son of two Army sergeants, Griffin is a natural, charismatic leader with a team-first attitude. Oh he has flaws, including a severe knee injury in 2009 and a concussion in 2011. He's not totally comfortable under center, can be skittish in the pocket and doesn't move through his progression as well as Luck. But even Superman had his Kryptonite. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

02/23/2012 - Baylor's center the past two seasons, said Griffin will have no problem taking snaps under center as a professional. Griffin won the Heisman Trophy in 2011 while throwing out of the shotgun. "He was under center in practice and never had any issues," Blake said in one of several interviews. "He was just as good. Robert's a very smart guy. He can adjust to anything." Blake, projected to go in the fourth round, is a converted tackle. He said the Browns were one of the teams with which he met Thursday morning. - Mary Kay Cabot, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

02/23/2012 - On Robert Griffin...JH: Yeah, I know a lot about Robert because we recruited Robert out of high school. Robert was a 4.0 student, great parents, comes from a great home. He has had great success at Baylor. You know, past performance usually indicates future success, and he's had nothing but a history of success. So you would predict great achievements in the future...Recall the last conversation with Griffin? JH: To say he's going to Houston and then to Baylor? Yes, I do. ... I was really fond of Robert through the recruiting process, and he made that decision. I think you've all had a chance to get to know Robert so far and understand him a bit. He makes good decisions. He makes cool decisions. He's very conscientious in everything that he does, and I respected his decision and wished him well. - Jim Harbaugh, 2012 NFL Combine Transcript

02/23/2012 - On Robert Griffin III: "He had a great year this year. He has a strong arm. He's a very athletic quarterback. He had a lot of similarities, not as tall, but you've seen a lot of things (that compare to) Cam Newton last year at Auburn. I think some people are going to make those comparisons, except for the difference in height. We haven't interviewed him yet - we're going to interview him and Andrew Luck both while we're down here. I know my younger brother had done their bowl game and said what a great kid he was and first-class and the leadership. I think both those guys have everything you're looking for in a franchise quarterback."...How much does height factor into a quarterback evaluation: "It's a part of the process. We have specific alerts if a guy meets our minimum requirements for height. But there also are some successful quarterback, the Michael Vicks of the world, the Drew Breeses of the world, that defy those odds. There's also, on the other end of the spectrum, quarterbacks that are too tall for quarterback. I haven't seen the Arizona State kid yet, but I know our scouts have spoken very highly of what he's going to bring to the table. I'm sure, just like you're going to talk about a six-foot quarterback, you're going to talk about if he is 6-7 or whatever he is, is that too tall? That depends on the team and if there is a correlation being too tall or to short at that position. And it goes from the scheme standpoint, too." - Rick Spielman, 2012 NFL Combine Transcript

02/22/2012 - In case anyone missed it, Robert Griffin III moved his pro day at Baylor one day forward to March 21 to avoid the same-day conflict with fellow top-rated quarterback Andrew Luck of Stanford. The move probably was unnecessary, according to league scouts, since the workouts of both players would have been well covered and likely available via video. "Plus, both guys are going to have individual workouts for [several] teams," one Indianapolis executive said on Monday evening. "It made a good story, but I really don't know that it made much of a difference." No matter the timing of his pro day, Griffin, who said on a radio interview this week that he plans to run a sub-4.4 time, will head to Indianapolis feeling he has something to prove and he is prepared to impress scouts during the interview process and the drills. "Although I don't agree with it, people say I just burst on the scene this year, so no one knows much about me. Whether [they are] GMs or analysts. So I get a chance to put my best foot forward," Griffin said, per The Associated Press. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/22/2012 - TOP 10 BEST BETS TO PUT ON COMBINE FREAK SHOW: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB: The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner proved over the past year he's a lot more than just a guy who happens to have World Class speed as a hurdler. RG3's exploits as a college QB are now well-documented. Griffin not only blossomed as a quarterback, often doing his damage as a pocket passer but he also has filled out quite a bit since coming to Waco and is a solid 6-2, 220. However, he still has wheels like few others at any position. QBs, especially ones with arms like Griffin has, almost never run sub-4.6s in Indy, RG3 should blow that away. Earlier this week RG3 told Dan Patrick there's a possibility he will go sub-4.4. Given his track credentials, it'll be surprising if he doesn't. - Bruce Feldman, CBSSports.com

02/21/2012 - 2012 NFL COMBINE, PLAYERS WITH SOMETHING TO PROVE: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: The Heisman Trophy winner has been an impressive performer on and off the field, and the combine will represent an interesting test for him. First, what are his accurate height, weight, hand size, body type? And although he is expected to interview well, Griffin will also need to show an above-average football IQ when NFL teams talk X's and O's at the blackboard. Finally, will he throw in Indianapolis in an attempt to show a competitive edge or wait until his pro day in Waco? - NFLDraftScout.com

02/21/2012 - Adidas announced a partnership with 2011 Heisman Trophy winner and top NFL Draft prospect quarterback Robert Griffin III of Baylor University. "Adidas is a perfect fit for me," said Griffin III. "They are always focused on the athlete first and that's important for the way I play and the way I train. I'm excited to be part of the adidas family." The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Davey O'Brien Award recipient and Associated Press College Football Player of the Year, Griffin III was a consensus first-team All-American finishing his Baylor career holding school records for passing yards, total offense, passing efficiency and passing touchdowns. Beyond the football field, Griffin III was an Academic All-American and graduated early with a degree in Political Science. "Robert Griffin III is an athlete first and we respect everything he brings to the game," said David Baxter, vice president of Sport Performance for adidas America. "His team player mentality, strong leadership on and off the field and genuine character combined with explosive and dominant athleticism make him a perfect fit for our brand. He's clearly a great football player but, importantly, he's a great athlete." - Adidas

02/21/2012 - Robert Griffin III is one of the more interesting athletes at this year's NFL combine. He's a big-time athlete whose stock can only go up as the draft approaches. If he shines at the combine and at his Pro Day -- now scheduled for March 21 -- teams will scramble for the No. 2 pick the Rams currently hold. But it won't be because of his throws, as Griffin said on the Dan Patrick Show that he "probably" wouldn't throw at the Combine. "I don't think so," Griffin said Tuesday. "It's still up in the air but I'm probably not going to throw." RG3, as Rob Rang noted recently, already said he was unlikely to throw at the combine. Griffin might not need to throw, however. He's going to run the 40-yard dash, and if he posts a sub-4.4-second time, it's going to generate some buzz. Griffin thinks he can. "I think there's a possibility," Griffin said before acknowledging he'd gone under 4.4 in the 40-yard dash before. Griffin ran track in high school (he owns a pile of Texas state records) and early in his career at Baylor (he set a Midwest Regional record for the 400-meter hurdles) so speed isn't an issue. Size is Griffin's issue; as CBSSports.com's Clark Judge pointed out in his recent combine preview, Griffin's measurements in the coming week are something to watch. - Will Brinson, CBS Sports

02/20/2012 - Robert Griffin III looks forward to sitting down and talking with NFL executives and coaches during the NFL combine. While Griffin set plenty of records with big numbers while becoming Baylor's first Heisman Trophy winner, he says he's excited about explaining the offense to pro teams. He says it's not as simple as many people made the potent high-scoring spread offense to be and is based on many pro principles. Griffin, who accepted the Davey O'Brien Award on Monday, says he will run the 40-yard dash and do some of the drills at the combine. He likely won't throw in Indianapolis this week, and instead save that for his pro day March 21, which he moved up a day to avoid going the same day as Andrew Luck's pro day. - AP Sports

02/20/2012 - Former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has moved his NFL pro day up one day to March 21, avoiding a conflict with fellow top quarterback prospect Andrew Luck. Luck, whose pro day is slated for March 22 on Stanford's campus, is battling Griffin for the right to be the No. 1 pick in April's draft. Baylor associate athletic director Nick Joos said Monday that Griffin's pro day is now scheduled for 9 a.m. on Baylor's campus on March 21. Griffin's change affects more than the quarterbacks, allowing NFL scouts to view prospects at other positions at both schools, instead of having to choose which pro day to attend. - Adam Schefter, ESPN

02/13/2012 - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III was in Indianapolis for the Super Bowl festivities last week, and was religious about working out every day. "One of the things I made sure I asked about my hotel was whether or not it had a really good (exercise) room," Griffin, who was housed at one of the top downtown hotels, told The Sports Xchange. "I'm taking nothing for granted. (I've) got to work every day. No days off. This is serious stuff." Griffin said he liked the city, and insisted he would have "no problem at all" sitting behind Peyton Manning for a year or two. "It'd be like learning from the master," Griffin said. Both Griffin and Stanford star Andrew Luck, the presumptive top overall pick, said they had yet to sit down formally yet with Indianapolis officials. New Colts general manager Ryan Grigson insisted the team has yet to settle on a choice, and seemed to counter the contention of Colts owner Jim Irsay that Indianapolis has already decided it will choose a quarterback with the top pick. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - There was an interesting take last weekend from a very experienced AFC scout as he packed for his trip to the Senior Bowl and was interrupted by a phone call. The scout, whose team owns a top 20 selection in April, has already devoted considerable time roughly doping out how the first round might transpire. He suggested that the Cleveland Browns might not have to trade up to acquire Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Robert Griffin III. And second, that, while team officials have all but decided that Colt McCoy is probably not the guy to advance the team, the club isn't completely sold on Griffin yet either. Said the scout: "If they want [Griffin], he could fall right to them [with the fourth overall choice]. But they have to decide if they want him first." The Browns are one of three franchises with two first-round picks (Cincinnati and New England are the others), owning their own, at No. 4, and the Atlanta pick (22nd), because of last year's Julio Jones trade. The early rationale has been that St. Louis, which has the second overall choice, will market the pick to a team desiring to take Griffin, since the Rams already have Sam Bradford in place. But the scout opined that the Browns might not necessarily be a buyer for the No. 2 pick, unless they are "completely sold" on Griffin. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - Indianapolis figures to grab Andrew Luck with the top pick, and then the Browns' game of draft roulette could begin. The Rams won't take a quarterback with the second pick, and the scout feels that Minnesota at No. 3, after selecting Christian Ponder last April, won't draft a quarterback, either. In his mind, Griffin could fall to Cleveland at No. 4. "That's a lot of 'supposing' to do this early, and I'm not saying I'll be right, but I could see it going that way," the scout said. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

02/13/2012 - Ol' buddy Hugh Millen -- who played quarterback for 10 seasons in the NFL, co-hosts a sports-talk show for KJR in Seattle, and remains one of the most insightful NFL experts we know -- recently attended the Alamo Bowl shootout, was on the field for pregame activities, and able to eyeball Robert Griffin III up close and personal. The word from Millen, whom we trust just about implicitly, is that those with some doubts about the size of RG3 needn't worry. "I stood next to him and the guy is all of 6-2," Millen, who is 6-feet-5, told The Sports Xchange "I watched him in warmups without pads, and he's better built than people give him credit for. From a size standpoint, I really didn't feel there were any concerns." The Heisman Trophy winner is listed by Baylor at 6-feet-2, but there had been a few questions about how Griffin would measure up at the combine. According to Millen, such worries are misplaced. Of course, as of this writing, Griffin had yet to officially declare for the draft, but the matter is considered academic. Just by way of reminder, underclass prospects have until Sunday to submit their names for the draft, and until Jan. 18 to withdraw from the NFL lottery. - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

01/11/2012 - Baylor Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Robert Griffin III will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft and forgo his final season of eligibility, he announced Wednesday. Griffin III departs after leading Baylor to a 10-3 record and No. 12 ranking in the USA TODAY Coaches Poll (13th in Associated Press Poll) in a 2011 season which concluded with a victory in the Valero Alamo Bowl. RG3 led Baylor to back-to-back bowls in 2010 and 2011 as a sophomore and junior. In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy, Griffin III was named national player of the year by the AP and Sporting News, earned the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award and was a consensus All-America selection. Griffin III, who set or tied 54 school records in three full seasons at Baylor, finished the 2011 season with school records of 4,293 yards, 37 passing touchdowns and a passer efficiency rating of 189.5 (second-best in NCAA FBS history). RG3 led a powerhouse Baylor offensive attack that ranked second in total offense (587 ypg), fourth in scoring (45.3 ppg) and first in passing efficiency (191.2 rtg). RG3 finishes his collegiate career as one of three players in FBS history to top 10,000 career passing yards (school-record 10,366) and 2,000 career rushing yards (2,254). - Baylor football

01/10/2012 - Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III met again Monday with his coach as he decides whether he will declare for the NFL draft. Griffin is projected to be one of the top picks in April if he declares for the draft. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is Sunday. "It's a situation where he's really contemplating what he feels like is the thing that's going to give him peace," coach Art Briles said. Baylor this season matched a school record with 10 wins and won its last six games, including a record-breaking 67-56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl. Griffin was the nation's most efficient passer, throwing for 4,293 yards with 37 touchdowns and only six interceptions. He ran for 699 yards and 10 more scores. Briles said he is for whatever Griffin feels is the right thing to do, whether it's the NFL or coming back to play as a senior at Baylor. "Like I told him from day one, I don't want to be any influence on it," Briles said. "My goal for him is for him to be successful and fulfill all of his dreams. If that dream is going to the NFL right now, that's great." After meeting last week, Griffin and Briles met again on the day a new semester of classes started on the Waco campus. Griffin, who arrived at Baylor in January 2008 after graduating high school a semester early, got his undergraduate degree in political sciences in December 2010 and is working on a masters in communication. - AP Sports

01/10/2012 - A person familiar with the decision says Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III has decided to enter the NFL draft. ESPN, citing an anonymous family source, first reported that Griffin is going pro and is in the final stages of picking an agent. Griffin is bypassing his senior season at Baylor, according to the person familiar with his decision who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the quarterback had not yet made an official announcement. Griffin is projected to be one of the top picks in April. Griffin and Stanford's Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, are likely to be the first two quarterbacks selected. - AP Sports

01/06/2012 - When Robert Griffin III's name was called out the night of the Heisman Trophy presentation Forbes writer Patrick Rishe says it should have been followed by ca-ching, ca-ching. Griffin, not sky-high on a lot of draft big boards before the season started, has certainly shot up the charts following Baylor's Alamo Bowl winning season. A season that Griffin threw for 4,293 yards and 37 touchdowns and rushed for 10 more scores. Rishe writes that the award will probably bring in $25 million in salary and endorsements for the Baylor quarterback. Judging on the pay scale of NFL draft picks, and the theory that Griffin won't slip past Washington at No. 6, he should make about $18 million to $22 million in salary. - Reid Cherner, USA TODAY

01/04/2012 - Robert Griffin III, the Heisman Trophy winning quarterback from Baylor, on Monday denied a report that he's leaving early for the NFL. "No, no. ESPN said that and I never said that," said Griffin who was part of the Allstate Good Works Team Clinic at Tad Gormley Stadium. "I have not made a decision, that's ESPN's job is to stir things up and create stories. I've told numerous people that have asked that I have not made a decision." The report stated, via Griffin's father, that he would meet with several agents this weekend and then sit down with Baylor coaches next week and inform them that he would go into the NFL. Griffin, a fourth-year junior, did say he would make his decision to enter the NFL draft between Jan. 10 and Jan. 12. The deadline to announce the intentions for juniors to enter the draft is Jan. 15. - Michael Harris, Times-Picayune

01/02/2012 - Teams in need of a quarterback who miss out on the projected top NFL draft pick might be out of Luck, but not out of luck, as Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will reportedly add himself to the pool. And, of course, there's always the chance Griffin, this year's Heisman Trophy winner, could edge Stanford's Andrew Luck out for the top draft spot as teams weigh an intriguing choice. While Griffin told ESPN.com he had not yet decided Sunday, his father, Robert Griffin II, told the website his son was set to move on from college. The father said he recently met with his son and the New Orleans residents discussed his upcoming plan, which included selecting an agent. "I met with my son (Friday) and his schedule is pretty much, he will attend the Sugar Bowl here in New Orleans, then next weekend he will meet with five agents and select the right agent to represent him and plan a good pre-draft process," Griffin II told ESPN. "After that, he will sit down with three of his coaches at Baylor on Wednesday or Thursday and make it official." Unlike most players weighing the pros and cons of turning pro, Griffin III has already graduated with a bachelor's degree in political science, back in December 2010. The academic lure for Griffin would be completing the master's program he's closing in on, his father told ESPN. "He actually has made a strong case to return because he's only 12 hours short of his master's, but he believes he can still accomplish that goal," Griffin II said. "He's still waiting for his official evaluation from the league, but the decision is not a hard decision." - The Sports Xchange

12/30/2011 - The night before what could be his last game at Baylor, Robert Griffin III walked into the Alamodome for the team's final walk through to a surprise. Up on the stadium scoreboard shone the score 72-72 - something seemly unbelievable, even to the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback. "Aw, no way," Griffin recalled thinking. Oh ye of little faith. Led by a 200 rushing yards and five second-half touchdowns from senior 240-pound tailback Terrance Ganaway, the No. 12-ranked Bears racked up a FBS-record 777 yards of total offense and rallied from 18 points down to win a wild, record-shattering 67-56 victory over Washington late Thursday evening in the Valero Alamo Bowl. "We've got three lucky numbers up there - 777," Griffin said. "To quote myself, it's unbelievably believable, but that's how we play. Nobody wins games 67-56 down 42-24 but Baylor University. I'm proud to be apart of this." The victory, giving Baylor 10 wins in a season for only the second time ever (1980), capped arguably school's most memorable season in history. Expected to be among the top five players selected in April's NFL Draft, Griffin was still mum on his decision whether or not to forgo his final year of college eligibility and turn pro or return for his senior season. "Obviously I have a decision to make, I guess, within two and a half weeks of the deadline. But we're going to enjoy tonight." Griffin said when pressed. The deadline to declare for the draft is Jan. 15, but if this was RGIII's swan song, it was a melody worthy of a Grammy, even if he was just a backup singer in it. - Alex Byington, Killeen Daily Herald

12/29/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Robert Griffin III - Heisman Trophy or not, Griffin remains one of the most exciting players in college football. He threw for 36 touchdowns in completing 72.4 percent of his passes and came up just two yards short of throwing for 4,000 yards in the regular season. In addition, he ran for 644 yards second on the team and had one reception, which came on the drive for the winning points in the opening win over TCU. Griffin III is just the third player in FBS history to have over 10,000 yards passing (10,071) and 2,000 rushing (2,197). But he is the first to do it for a team in an automatic qualifying BCS conference. The others were Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour and Nevada's Colin Kaepernick. - The Sports Xchange

12/29/2011 - Scouting the Baylor passing game: QB Robert Griffin III hit a little lull at midseason but has regained his touch. He finished the regular season with 3,998 yards passing while completing 72.4 percent of his passes. Through the first three games, he had more touchdown passes (13) than he did incompletions (12). The Bears have big-play threats throughout their receiving corps in Kendall Wright (101 catches, 1,572 yards), Terrance Williams (53-895), Tevin Reese (46-811), and Lanear Sampson (39-547). They will be operating against a Washington defense that surrendered nearly 284 yards a game through the air and gave up twice as many touchdown passes (21) as interceptions (10). - The Sports Xchange

12/28/2011 - Since winning the Heisman Trophy, Robert Griffin III is often shadowed by a bodyguard of sorts to dissuade autograph seekers, and this week tucked his dreadlocks under a hat in hopes of strolling through Sea World incognito. "I got a lot of double-takes," the Baylor quarterback said. "If you can get a double-take, you can walk far enough away to where they'll be discouraged to approach you. But it was cool. I didn't mind." Now it's a question of whether RG3 is about to give college football its last look at him altogether. The nation's most electrifying player leads No. 15 Baylor (9-3) into the Alamo Bowl against Washington (7-5) on Thursday night while keeping his decision about leaving for the NFL private for now. Griffin, who says he can't "go to Wendy's and get a cheeseburger without signing 1,000 autographs" since winning college football's top award, reiterated in San Antonio that he's undecided about forgoing his senior year. He said his parents are looking at his draft prospects but denies having any substantial talks with them. Baylor can hardly feel jilted if this is Griffin's last game. The fourth-year junior, who also won the Davey O'Brien Award and is the AP Player of the Year, has raised the program's profile to unseen heights. He rescued the Bears from their perennial status as the Big 12's punch line and has Baylor on a five-game winning streak, its longest in 20 years. - AP Sports

12/21/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Robert Griffin III has won The Associated Press college football player of the year, adding another award to his impressive postseason haul. The Heisman Trophy winner from Baylor won in a landslide over Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. Griffin received 43 votes from the AP poll panel. Luck was second with seven votes. LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu received five votes and Alabama running back Trent Richardson got one. Griffin guided Baylor to a 9-3 season, passing for 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns. The first Heisman winner from Baylor also becomes the first Baylor player to win the AP player of the year award, which has been given out since 1998. Griffin also won the Davey O'Brien Award as nation's top quarterback. - AP Sports

12/12/2011 - Robert Griffin III's four years at Baylor have included a serious knee injury, 46 school records, the best season the Bears have had in decades, and now a Heisman Trophy. He has one more season of eligibility left and could return to school. Or not. RG3 to the NFL? "Whether I won the award or not, it wasn't going to sway me on coming back or not," Griffin said Saturday night. Griffin won the 77th Heisman Trophy, beating out Andrew Luck, who has already been penciled in as the No. 1 pick in April's NFL draft. Luck is considered one of the most NFL-ready prospects to ever come of out college, having played brilliantly in Stanford's pro-style offense the last three seasons. Griffin is more of a Cam Newton-type prospect. Not as big as last year's winner - he's 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds - but faster. Griffin directs a spread offense at Baylor, though the Bears don't run Griffin the way Auburn often pounded teams with the 250-pound Newton. Baylor sprinkles in designed runs for Griffin, who has sprinter's speed and was an NCAA all-American hurdler. Much like his Heisman stock, Griffin's pro prospects started the season modest and have soared. His completion rate jumped to a career-high 72 percent this season, but those stats often don't mean much in the NFL, where an open receiver looks very different from the way he does in college. Still, it's a good sign. - AP Sports

12/10/2011 - The Heisman Trophy that seemed to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's to lose may be lost tonight to a Baylor quarterback. Momentum in recent days has shifted swiftly and favorably toward Robert Griffin III. Heismanpundit.com, an Internet site run by former USC assistant sports information director Chris Huston that tracks college football's most coveted award, has predicted a victory for Griffin. In a final survey of 13 Heisman voters, Griffin received eight first-place votes to four for Luck. Griffin received 32 points to Luck's 23. Griffin also bested Luck in a Heisman Watch survey by USA Today and several other straw polls. - AP Sports

12/10/2011 - 2011 HEISMAN MEMORIAL TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III was announced as the recipient of the 77th Heisman Memorial Trophy Saturday night at Best Buy Theater in New York City, becoming the first Baylor player ever to win college football's most prestigious award. RG3 won with 405 first-place votes and 1,687 total points to finish ahead of the runner-up, Stanford's Andrew Luck with 1,407 points and 247 first-place votes. Alabama's Trent Richardson was third, followed by Wisconsin's Montee Ball and LSU's Tyrann Mathieu. "This is unbelievably believable," Griffin III said in his acceptance speech. "To Baylor nation, I say this is a forever moment, may we be blessed enough to have more of these in the future." A junior Copperas Cove, Texas, Griffin III is the seventh Heisman winner from a Texas school and the first since Texas' Ricky Williams in 1998. He is the fifth Heisman winner representing the Big 12 Conference and the 29th quarterback ever honored. No Baylor player had ever finished higher than fourth place in the Heisman voting. Don Trull took fourth in 1963 and Larry Isbell finished in seventh place in 1951. Griffin III also became the first Baylor player to win the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award when he was honored Thursday. "I couldn't be more happy for Robert," head coach Art Briles said. "This outcome, in our minds, wasn't by chance - it was by design. Robert has been preparing himself to be the best he can be for four years at Baylor. This award is the result of Robert's dedication and discipline and the support of our team and football program. This is the exclamation point on the direction of Baylor football and Baylor University." - Baylor football

12/10/2011 - For the first time this season, Robert Griffin III had to explain himself. All the other stuff - the nearly 4,000 yards passing, the 45 total touchdowns - had carved out an All-American place for Baylor's quarterback. But after a final-game trouncing of Texas, on the floor of Floyd Casey Stadium when he uttered those words, well, he let us down. "I think Baylor," Griffin said Saturday night, "won its first Heisman tonight." The words came out brash and bold. The son of two retired military parents, seemed just like the rest of them. Griffin has spent much of the week offering perspective. "The reaction to that was mixed," Griffin admitted this week. "Some people forgot the fact I didn't say 'I won the Heisman. I'm the greatest guy ever.' I was just saying to the world we needed to beat Texas and we beat them decisively. We needed to put up points against a good defense and we put up 48. Taking all that into account, based on what was said, Baylor should have won its first Heisman." Turns out he was right. Griffin is likely to be the one accepting the trophy, but he is playing for something bigger. Griffin is playing for a once-downtrodden university that was shocked by a murder and disgraced by NCAA probation. He is playing for Waco, where they stop him on the street and ask him to strike a Heisman pose. He is playing for the two deaf kids who came up to him before that Texas game and "talked" to him for 15 minutes. He is playing for - or perhaps against - all the college coaches who projected him as a defensive back. - Dennis Dodd, CBSSports.com

12/10/2011 - 2011 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr., has been selected All-Big 12 Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by the league's 10 head coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own players. Griffin III, a junior Heisman Trophy finalist, was also named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the AP on Wednesday. He is the first Baylor player to win the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year award and the first Bear to win one of the league's major individual awards since Daniel Sepulveda was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. RG3 was an honorable mention Offensive Player of the Year last season and won Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2008. - Baylor football

12/10/2011 - Robert Griffin III was working on about 4 1-2 hours' sleep after catching an early flight from Florida to New York on Friday. Not that he was complaining. Griffin will trade sleep deprivation for a chance to bring No. 15 Baylor its first Heisman Trophy any day. "This is what it is if you're going to play well and your team is doing great things," he said shortly after taking his seat at a table surrounded by reporters and video cameras in a hotel conference room. "People are going to want to talk to you, they're going to want a piece of you. It's exciting." The Bears' thrilling dual-threat quarterback was one four Heisman finalists to arrive in New York on Friday afternoon, along with LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu and running backs Trent Richardson of Alabama and Montee Ball from Wisconsin. Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck was in Baltimore receiving the Johnny Unitas Award and was scheduled to arrive in Manhattan on Saturday morning, about 12 hours before the Heisman will be presented. Griffin and the other finalists came straight from the college football award shows in Orlando, Fla., on Thursday night, where he picked up the Davey O'Brien award as the nation's best quarterback. - AP Sports

12/10/2011 - It seems the word is out on the Heisman Trophy, and as Andrew Luck said Friday night, "I don't live in a hole." He's heard about the websites projecting Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III as a clear-cut winner, and if you know anything about Luck, you know he takes it all in stride. But did you hear the one about Luck and Griffin playing together at Stanford? It never happened, and it was a longshot at best, but while Luck was in Baltimore to receive the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Griffin dropped a little nugget on the media assembled to meet the other four Heisman candidates in New York. As coach Jim Harbaugh prepared for the 2008 season, his second at Stanford, he recruited Griffin out of Copperas Cove High School in Texas. There's no doubt that Luck, playing his high school football in Houston, was Harbaugh's primary target. But Griffin said he "nearly committed" to Stanford after meeting with Harbaugh and checking out the facilities. "Stanford was the only visit I took (out of state), and it was beautiful, let me tell you," Griffin said. "They wanted both me and Andrew, to run a two-quarterback system, but that system usually never works. I decided to do what was best for me, and it worked out best for everybody. We're all doing great things." - Bruce Jenkins, The San Francisco Chronicle

12/08/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD FINALIST (BEST QUARTERBACK): Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr...Griffin III, a junior Heisman Trophy finalist, was also named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the AP on Wednesday. He is the first Baylor player to win the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year award and the first Bear to win one of the league's major individual awards since Daniel Sepulveda was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. Through 11 games, RG3 has passed for a school-record 3,678 yards and 34 touchdowns, while throwing only five interceptions and completing 72.6 percent of his passes. He's also rushed for 612 yards and seven touchdowns, giving him 41 total touchdowns on the year. - Baylor football

12/08/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WINNER (BEST QUARTERBACK): Baylor junior quarterback Robert Griffin III was announced as the winner of the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award during Thursday night's ESPN College Football Awards Show. RG3 is the first Baylor quarterback to win a major national award and the third player in program history to win one of college football's major awards, joining Thomas Everett (1986 Jim Thorpe Award) and Daniel Sepulveda (2004 and 2006 Ray Guy Awards). Baylor linebacker Mike Singletary won the Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy in 1979 and 1980, when the award was presented to the most outstanding player in the Southwestern states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Since 1981, the Davey O'Brien Award has been presented annually to the nation's top collegiate quarterback. RG3 was chosen as the award's recipient after voting by The O'Brien National Selection Committee. Other finalists were Houston's Case Keenum and Stanford's Andrew Luck. The committee was asked to consider quarterback skills, academics, character, leadership and sportsmanship. Griffin III garnered 5 percent of the vote by winning the fan vote with more than 35,000 of nearly 69,000 votes cast online. - Baylor football

12/07/2011 - 2011 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Jr., QB: Griffin III, a junior Heisman Trophy finalist, was also named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the AP on Wednesday. He is the first Baylor player to win the Big 12's Offensive Player of the Year award and the first Bear to win one of the league's major individual awards since Daniel Sepulveda was named Special Teams Player of the Year in 2006. RG3 was an honorable mention Offensive Player of the Year last season and won Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year in 2008. In leading No. 12 Baylor to its first nine-win season since 1986, RG3 passed for a school-record 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns with just six interceptions. RG3 leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency that is on pace to shatter the NCAA record. He has also rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns, making him the nation's leader in points responsibility with 22.67 per game. - Baylor football

12/07/2011 - When Robert Griffin III arrives at the Best Buy Theater in Manhattan on Saturday for the Heisman Trophy announcement, he's planning something fitting with his wardrobe. It'll be flashy. The Baylor quarterback, one of five finalists for college football's most prestigious honor, wore purple, pink and blue socks Monday night at the university's Simpson Center as he watched the revelation of the finalists list. "I have made a sock selection, but I think it's best that people find out at the show," Griffin said during a conference call Tuesday afternoon. Speaking from a clothing store at Waco, where he was suit shopping, he added, "If they ask me to raise my pants leg to see what color socks I'm wearing, I'm more than happy to do that." Griffin again declined to say Tuesday whether he plans to surrender his senior year at Baylor to go to the NFL, and whether he'd prefer a certain team if he did. Most expect he will make the jump shortly after the Alamo Bowl."I'm not going to talk NFL teams, where I want to go or where I don't want to go," he said. "The way I look at it, any team that's going to take a chance to draft you and pay the bills for you, that's your favorite team, and that's who you want to play for." - Richard Oliver, San Antonio Express

12/05/2011 - 2011 HEISMAN TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, is joined by Montee Ball (Wisconsin), Andrew Luck (Stanford), Tyrann Mathieu (LSU) and Trent Richardson (Alabama) as finalists for the 77th annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Award that will be presented Saturday in New York. Griffin III is now a finalist for the Heisman, Manning, Walter Camp, Davey O'Brien, as well as the Wuerffel Trophy. In leading No. 12 Baylor to its first nine-win season since 1986, RG3 passed for a school-record 3,998 yards and 36 touchdowns with just six interceptions. RG3 leads the nation with a 192.31 passing efficiency that is on pace to shatter the NCAA record. He has also rushed for 644 yards and nine touchdowns, making him the nation's leader in points responsibility with 22.67 per game. Griffin III ranks second nationally in total offense with 386.83 yards per game, fourth in touchdown passes with 36 and fifth in completion percentage at 72.36. RG3 is one of three players in FBS history with 10,000 career passing yards and 2,000 rushing yards, joining Dan LeFevour of Central Michigan and Colin Kaepernick of Nevada. This season, RG3 is the nation's only player with at least 3,300 passing yards and 300 rushing yards. - Baylor football

11/26/2011 - Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin has left Saturday night's game against Texas Tech, dealing a blow to his Heisman Trophy chances. Griffin took a hard shot to the helmet late while sliding at the end of a run late in the first half. Griffin then came back after just one play on the sideline and scored on a 3-yard keeper. But backup quarterback Nick Florence took the field to start the second half. Griffin stood on the sideline with a towel in his hand but didn't have his helmet. Baylor officials said Griffin wouldn't return, but gave no reason why. Griffin completed 7 of 11 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown, and ran 14 times for 62 yards and two scores. - AP Sports

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III broke his own school single-game records for passing yards (479) and total offense (551) as the 24th-ranked Bears defeated 5th-ranked Oklahoma, 45-38. Griffin, who completed 21-of-34 passes, had four touchdown throws including a game-winning 34-yard toss with just eight seconds remaining. It is the second time this season Griffin has earned National Offensive Player of the Week honors (Sept. 4). - Walter Camp Award

11/22/2011 - WEEK 12 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB, Jr, completed 21-of-34 passes for a school-record 479 yards and four touchdowns in No. 22 Baylor's 45-38 win over No. 5 Oklahoma. It was the Bears' first victory over a top-5 opponent since 1985. Griffin III also rushed 18 times for a team-high 72 yards. He broke his own school record with 551 yards of total offense - 92 yards more than his previous record. The junior guided Baylor on an 80-yard drive in 43 seconds to break a 38-38 tie. His 34-yard TD pass with eight seconds remaining clinched the win. On that final drive, RG3 rushed twice for 30 yards and completed both of his pass attempts for 46 yards. He completed passes on the night of 22, 23, 34, 50, 55, 69 and 87 yards. Baylor improved to 6-0 in Waco this season, with Griffin III passing for 21 touchdowns and 0 interceptions on his home field. - Big 12 football

11/12/2011 - Robert Griffin III threw three touchdown passes in a furious fourth-quarter comeback and Baylor escaped with a 31-30 victory Saturday when Kansas failed on a two-point conversion in overtime. After Griffin threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Tevin Reece on Baylor's first possession of overtime, Kansas (2-8, 0-7 Big 12) answered with Jordan Webb's 25-yard scoring pass to Tim Biere on the very next play. Lining up after a Baylor time out, the Jayhawks gambled on winning the game there, with Webb taking the snap and throwing to Biere, who was double-covered in the end zone. The ball fell to the turf and the Bears (6-3, 5-3 Big 12) had their first conference road win in more than a year. After sleepwalking through the first three quarters, Griffin and his offense finally sprang to life in the fourth, knotting it 24-all with three long touchdown drives that took only 14 plays to cover 267 yards. The Jayhawks had taken a 24-3 lead on Tony Pierson's 34-yard touchdown run with 3:31 left in the third, seemingly setting up what would have been one of the year's biggest upsets. The Bears were three-touchdown favorites over a seemingly hapless Kansas team that had managed only one Big 12 victory in nearly two years under embattled coach Turner Gill and whose defense came in ranked last among 120 FBS schools. - AP Sports

11/05/2011 - Robert Griffin III threw for 406 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another, and Terrance Ganaway ran for touchdowns of 38 and 80 yards, leading Baylor to a 42-39 victory over Missouri on Saturday night. Baylor set a school record by gaining 697 yards. Griffin, a dazzling dual-threat quarterback, cracked 400 yards passing for the third straight game; this time was more meaningful as the last two games were lopsided losses. The Bears (5-3, 2-3 Big 12) improved to 5-0 at home and are one win from being bowl eligible for a second straight season. They haven't been to bowls in consecutive seasons since 1991-92. A week after overcoming an 11-point, fourth-quarter deficit at nearby Texas A&M, Missouri could only come close to wiping out a 14-point, fourth-quarter deficit. The Tigers (4-5, 2-4) scored 25 points in the final period, but were thwarted when Baylor recovered an onside kick with 1:59 left. Perhaps days from joining the Southeastern Conference, Missouri didn't have the kind of stingy defense it's going to need to compete in that league. The Tigers wasted leads of 7-0 and 14-7, then let a 14-13 halftime advantage turn into a 28-14 deficit. Their fourth-quarter offensive surge was undermined by allowing a 68-yard touchdown pass and Ganaway's 80-yard TD run. - AP Sports

10/08/2011 - Robert Griffin III ran for a season-high 107 yards, Terrance Ganaway rushed for a career-high 200 yards and three scores and No. 25 Baylor beat Iowa State 49-26 on Saturday night. Tevin Elliott returned a fumble 86 yards for a touchdown for the Bears (4-1, 1-1 Big 12), who bounced back from a 36-35 loss last weekend to No. 20 Kansas State. Two key booth reviews also aided the Bears, who ran for 391 yards and won their fourth in a row at home. Darius Reynolds had 178 yards receiving and two touchdowns, and Steele Jantz threw for three scores as Iowa State (3-2, 0-2) lost its second straight after a 3-0 start. - AP Sports

09/25/2011 - Robert Griffin III threw five touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead No. 17 Baylor to a 56-31 victory over Rice on Saturday night. Griffin was 29 of 33 for 338 yards, upping his season totals to 13 touchdowns and 12 incompletions, and he didn't play in the fourth quarter. He came into the game leading the nation in passing efficiency and third in total yards. Further boosting his Heisman Trophy credentials, Griffin ran for 51 yards and even punted once, on a quick kick, for 39 yards. His TD throws were caught by five different receivers. Griffin led Baylor to touchdowns on five straight drives in the first half, putting the Bears (3-0) ahead 35-7. Some breakdowns on defense and special teams helped Rice (1-2) grow its point total, but the Owls -- who were coming off a win against Purdue, their first against a team from a BCS conference since 2001 -- simply had no answer for Griffin. In the second half, he threw a 64-yard touchdown pass to make it 49-17. He didn't throw at all on the next series, with Baylor going 72 yards in seven plays, all on the ground; Griffin's only carry on that series was the final 4 yards. - AP Sports

09/23/2011 - As expected, Baylor had little trouble disposing of Stephen F. Austin, an FCS foe that served as the Bears' first foe in 15 days. And the 48-0 victory could have been worse. Lightning ended the game prematurely. Even with the game shortened, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III threw for 266 yards and three touchdowns. His co-star of the opening win over TCU, wide receiver Kendall Wright, had eight catches for 123 yards. Griffin also rushed for 78 yards on eight carries. "They got some pressure on us," Griffin said of the visiting Lumberjacks. "Not that it was a lot, but just enough to make me have to bounce." Baylor will play its third consecutive game at home when it hosts Rice in its next outing Sept. 24. The Bears are on the road for the first time Oct. 1 at Kansas State. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - Junior QB Robert Griffin set a school completion-percentage record (minimum 20 attempts) of 90.9 percent by going 20-of-22 passing. He is now 41-of-49 on the season with eight touchdown passes against no interceptions. He is 15-14 as a starter in his career at Baylor. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - The Bears are 5-3 against their former colleagues in the old Southwest Conference who did not come over to the Big 12 at the start of the 1996 season (2-0 vs. Rice, 2-0 vs. SMU, 1-3 vs. TCU). Baylor is going for its first 3-0 start since 2005. That team finished 5-6. The Bears also are going for their seventh straight win against non-conference foes at home. Baylor QB Robert Griffin III feasts on non-conference opposition. He has thrown 28 touchdown passes against only two interceptions in 14 career games against non-Big 12 opponents. One of the picks came against Rice last year. He was 20-of-28 for 268 yards in Baylor's 30-13 win over the Owls. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Rice at Baylor, Sept. 24 - The two old rivals from the Southwest Conference are meeting for just the third time since that league was disbanded after the 1995 season. Rice is 1-1 with a loss to Texas and a win over Purdue. The Owls are coming off a bye week. KEYS TO THE GAME: Keep on keeping on. The Bears have rolled offensively through their first two games and have an opportunity to continue that against a Rice defense that is surrendering 436 yards a game. Baylor's defense has an opportunity for another confidence boost against a Rice offense that averages only 288 yards a game. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Robert Griffin III - You never want to take your eyes off this guy. He not only can beat you with his passing and running, he also showed he can be a receiver, too, with a key catch late in the win over TCU. - The Sports Xchange

09/23/2011 - LOOKING GOOD: Pretty much everything worked against S.F. Austin. The Bears ran for 266 yards and threw for 279 for a total of 545 yards of total offense. The Bears were 21-of-24 passing and didn't have any picked off. QUOTE TO NOTE: "I really thought he was playing at a real high level, I?thought he kept plays alive. He definitely gave us a spark offensively." - Coach Art Briles, on the play of QB Robert Griffin III - The Sports Xchange

09/18/2011 - In their first home game as a ranked team since November 1991, the Baylor Bears treated their fans to another dazzling performance by Robert Griffin III and a rare shutout from the defense. The best part of all for the locals? Rain! Griffin was 20 of 22 for 247 yards and three touchdowns, and ran for 78 yards, leading No. 19 Baylor to a 48-0 victory over Stephen F. Austin on Saturday night in a game that was ended in the third quarter because of lightning. The storm was as much a relief for this drought-stricken area as anything on the field. Wildfires have raged across Central Texas as a hotter-than-usual summer has been made worse by little to no rainfall since May. "We get a win and it rains, that's pretty hard to beat right now," Baylor coach Art Briles said. Baylor (2-0) led 31-0 and had scored on every drive when lightning halted things late in the first half. During a 41-minute delay, the schools agreed to skip halftime and to trim the final two quarters by 3 minutes each. - AP Sports

09/14/2011 - After leading his team to a 50-48 victory over No. 14-ranked TCU, Baylor's Robert Griffin III has been named Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week. The Copperas Cove, Texas, native was nothing short of impressive in the win, completing 21-of-27 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns. The performance marked the fifth 300-yard game of Griffin's career, setting a Baylor record. With the Bears facing a 48-47 deficit in the final minutes of the game, Griffin led the offense down the field and caught a 15-yard pass on third down to keep the drive alive and set up the go-ahead field goal. The win was the first over a top-15 team for Baylor since 1991. Griffin's performance helped push Baylor to a No. 20 ranking in the most recent AP Poll, the program's highest ranking since 1991. After a bye week, Griffin will lead the Bears against Stephen F. Austin at home on Sept. 17 for a 6 p.m. (CT) kickoff. - Davey O'Brien Award

09/07/2011 - 09/07/11 DRAFT SCOUT RISER: 3. Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor: A national audience saw Griffin dismantle TCU's strong defense over the top, going 21-for-27 for 359 yards and five scores in the 50-48 home win. Griffin benefits from the zone-read option giving him play-action on nearly every snap. He tends to stick on one read then take off if it's not available, and NFL cornerbacks may have made plays on some of his deep throws. But the junior opened scouts' eyes by adding that downfield touch to his fair arm strength and athleticism outside the pocket. - Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

09/06/2011 - BIG 12 WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, QB, Jr, completed 21-of-27 passes for 359 yards and a career-high five touchdowns in Baylor's nationally-televised 50-48 upset of No. 14 TCU. He led the Bears to their first win over a top-15 opponent since 1991. The junior also caught a 15-yard pass on third-and-10 to extend the eventual game-winning drive as he accounted for 50 of 60 yards on the drive that ended with the go-ahead field goal with 1:04 remaining. His touchdown passes covered 35, 28, 14, 64 and 42 yards, respectively. Griffin III added throws of 21 and 36 yards, giving him six completions of 20 yards or more. He engineered seven scoring drives of less than three minutes and took eight or fewer plays. He rushed 10 times for 38 yards and posted his fifth career 300-yard passing game, which is a school record. - Big 12 football

09/06/2011 - WEEK 1 REWIND: Robert Griffin III will have to buck even longer odds to lead the Baylor Bears to a BCS Championship and the top spot in the 2012 draft, but the junior quarterback known as RGIII firmly planted his flag as a legitimate Heisman Trophy candidate with a stellar performance in Friday's upset victory over TCU, the defending Rose Bowl champions. Griffin was spectacular, threading the ball through tight windows and lofting deep passes down the sideline to hit receivers in stride. He completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards and five touchdowns and did not throw an interception. Griffin showed his toughness and versatility late in the game, catching a pass from receiver Kendall Wright and absorbing a wicked hit to put the Bears in position for the game-winning field goal. A scout who happened to be in Waco, Texas, for the game couldn't help but gush about the quarterback's performance. "There were several guys who stood out," the scout, requesting anonymity, told me in a text message. "The receiver [Wright], the running back [Terrance Ganaway]... but no one helped himself more tonight than Griffin. He was lights out." - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

09/05/2011 - WALTER CAMP WEEK 1 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: The Walter Camp Football Foundation named Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III its Bowl Championship Subdivision National Offensive Player of the Week, presented by Generation UCAN, on Sunday. RG3 threw a career-high five touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 50-48 win over No. 14 TCU in a nationally televised game on Friday at Floyd Casey Stadium. Griffin III completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards, rushed 10 times for 38 yards and also caught a 15-yard pass on third-and-10 to extend the game-winning drive. Griffin III's touchdown passes went for 35, 28, 14, 64 and 42 yards, respectively. He also completed passes for 21 and 36 yards, giving him six completions of 20 or more yards in the game. RG3 accounted for 50 of the Bears' 60 yards on the drive that ended with Aaron Jones' 37-yard game-winning field goal. RG3 engineered seven scoring drives that used less than three minutes and took eight or fewer plays. The Bears' final drive of the day covered 60 yards on 11 plays in three minutes and 23 seconds and ended with the Bears taking a 50-48 lead on Jones' field goal with 1:04 remaining in the game. The win was Baylor's first over a top-15 opponent since knocking off 12th-ranked Colorado on Sept. 14, 1991. Baylor's 50 points scored were its most ever against a ranked opponent and the most allowed by the TCU defense since 2005. - Baylor football

09/03/2011 - Robert Griffin had already thrown a career-high five touchdown passes. So with Baylor down late after blowing a big lead, partly because of his fumble, the quarterback was caught a bit by surprise when the third-and-10 play called for him to be on the receiving end. The throwback play worked perfectly for a first down, and helped the Bears pull off a season-opening 50-48 upset victory over 14th-ranked and defending Rose Bowl champion TCU on Friday night. Star receiver Kendall Wright threw 15 yards to Griffin, who held on after taking a crushing blow in the middle of the field. A few plays later, Aaron Jones kicked a 37-yard field goal with 1:04 left to end TCU's 25-game regular-season winning streak that was the BCS's longest. "I needed to make it happen to make up for what I did on the previous drive," said Griffin, who completed 21 of 27 passes for 359 yards. "Honestly, it caught me off-guard...I didn't expect coach to call that on third-and-10. I'm glad he did. It worked. I'm still feeling that hit." Yet, it felt so good when Griffin was able to take a final snap with 2 seconds left - after Mike Hicks intercepted a pass thrown by Pachall - and was immediately swarmed by fans wearing Baylor gold. Instead of a monumental collapse in their most anticipated opener in a long time, the Bears got to celebrate their first win over a ranked team since beating No. 16 Texas A&M in double overtime seven years ago. "Those are classic games, against a really good football team," Baylor coach Art Briles said. "It just means that we're doing what we're supposed to do. This best not be the highlight of our season." - AP Sports

09/02/2011 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: TCU at Baylor, Sept. 2 This is a classic irresistible-force-vs.-immovable-object matchup with the Bears' offense going against a TCU defense that has six starters back on a unit that held opponents to a national low 12 points a game last year. KEYS TO THE GAME: Score, score, score. Baylor isn't going to come up with many defensive stops, so keeping the offense clicking is critical. Forcing a couple of turnovers would be a big help. PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Robert Griffin III - Griffin can make players with his feet (635 yards rushing last year) as well as his arm (67.0 completion percentage and 3,501 yards passing in 2010). For his career, he has rushed for 1,555 yards and thrown for 6,073. - The Sports Xchange

09/02/2011 - With TCU breaking in a new quarterback, Baylor may not face quite the challenge in its opener that it did a year ago when it took a 45-10 whipping from the Horned Frogs. But the Frogs still are expected to provide a good measure as to whether the Bears have made strides on defense under new coordinator Phil Bennett. The Bears gave up 291 yards rushing and another 267 passing in their 2010 loss to the Frogs. Similar statistical efforts 462 yards giving up passing in a loss to Texas Tech, 435 through the air in a loss to Oklahoma State, and 533 in total offense in the bowl loss to Illinois followed throughout the year. Such negative performances offset strong showings by the offense, and the Bears lost their last four games to finish 7-6. If the defense can step up in 2011, the Bears once again look to have the makings of one of the Big 12's top offenses. They have backed that up with some good scrimmages in the preseason. Junior quarterback Robert Griffin III says consistency is the key to that. "We're a big-play offense," he said. "The thing we've been working on is making sure we can put together those drives as well. That way when you get to a 13-, 14-play drive, you're not tired and your guys can get that last oomph to get into the end zone. "We're doing a good job of scoring fast, but also coming back out and putting together those long drives." The game against TCU is the first of three at home for the Bears to start the season. After an open date, the Bears are host to Stephen F. Austin on Sept. 17 and Rice on Sept. 24. Their first road game is against Big 12 foe Kansas State on Oct. 1. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Robert Griffin III is the most hyped Baylor football player in at least two decades, and could wind up garnering more national publicity than anyone who's worn a Bears uniform since Mike Singletary. He is the face of what everyone is calling a rejuvenated program, and the subject of an actual, honest-to-goodness Heisman Trophy campaign. But Griffin said when he hears people talk about college football, or reads what they write about it on the Internet, he still feels "highly overlooked." And the slights, perceived or otherwise, continue to accumulate in his mind, even if he doesn't save the evidence. "I don't make murals of things," Griffin said. "I see it, delete it and then move on." But for the first time in 16 years, the idea of moving on has taken on a different tone at Baylor. Last year, Griffin led the Bears to their first bowl appearance since 1994. Now, the long-downtrodden program no longer has to break into the ranks of winning teams. Even though they were picked to finish sixth in the Big 12, fans are expecting another bowl trip, and many are eager to see something even more special from their star quarterback. Griffin, who passed for 3,501 yards and rushed for 635 last season, owns a reputation as one of the most dynamic playmakers in the game. Even more importantly for the Bears, he's completely undaunted by the spotlight, and embraces the attention to which many of his teammates are unaccustomed. "It's like he's been ready for this his whole life," Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright said. - Mike Finger, The San Antonio Express

08/24/2011 - No one questioned Baylor's offensive credentials in 2010. The Bears ranked third in the Big 12 (and 13th in the country) in total offense, third in rushing, and fourth in passing yardage per game in ending a 16-year bowl drought. But defense? That was another story. The Bears played like they figured the quickest way to get the ball back for their high-powered offense was to let the other team score. They gave up more than 30 points a game for the season, ranking ninth in the league in scoring defense, and surrendered 47 a game over their last four outings. The 38 points they gave up in their bowl loss were the fewest they had allowed an opponent since a 30-22 win over Texas on Oct. 30. Obviously, something had to be done on defense for 2011, and for coach Art Briles, that something was the hiring of Phil Bennett as defensive coordinator. Bennett spent the last three years at Pittsburgh, where his Panthers were eighth nationally in total defense last year. "I'm really excited about Phil Bennett," Briles said at the conference media days session. "I really am. It's been I hate to say it a breath of fresh air. "But that man is a football coach. He and I coincide so much on philosophy and belief in how to treat people, how to make people accountable that it's just I'm really excited about that side of the ball." Bennett, whose 32 years in coaching include a stint as head coach at SMU, won't have a lot to work with when it comes to experienced personnel. Only five starters return from last year. But throw in the fact he is installing a new 4-2-5 scheme along with last year's lack of success and the loss of six starters may not matter all that much. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER: QB Robert Griffin III is the leading returning rusher (635) yards as well as an accurate passer (67 percent completions, 22 touchdowns against only eight picks). With the defense still a huge question mark, the pressure is going to be on the offense to produce big, and that means Griffin has to match last year's production. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - KEYS TO SUCCESS: QB Robert Griffin III once again will have to carry a big load of the offense, but if he gets protection from the veteran offensive line, he has a number of prime targets returning. The defense needs to adapt to the new system coordinator Phil Bennett is installing, and it needs to take a huge step up if the Bears are to compete against the likes of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the conference title. The offense alone, however, has the talent to get the Bears back to a bowl. - The Sports Xchange

08/24/2011 - Baylor QB Robert Griffin III bounced back from a knee injury that cut short is 2009 season to become one of the more productive players in the country last year. He ranked sixth in the FBS statistics in total offense with 318.15 yards per game. Even better things could be coming. "His mobility has always been good," coach Art Briles said. "Last year when he started out there was a little hesitation, play calling, schematically, making sure he was OK, because he was inside of a year. I think it takes an ACL a full year to really feel comfortable about what you're doing. "So this year starting out we know where he's at. We know what he can do on the field." Baylor set 55 team and individual offensive records last year, plus six on special teams. Among team marks were bests in total offense (6,179 yards), passing yards (3,649), yards-per-rush (5.4) and total points (405). - The Sports Xchange

08/16/2011 - 2011 PRESEASON MANNING AWARD WATCH LIST: Robert Griffin III, JR, Baylor, has been selected one of 31 quarterbacks named to preseason Manning Award watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The Manning Award was created by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in honor of the college football accomplishments of Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. It is the only quarterback award that includes the candidates' bowl performances in its balloting. In addition to the Manning Award watch list, RG3 has already been named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award "players to watch," the Maxwell Award watch list and the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Griffin III, a Heisman candidate entering the 2011 season, returned from a knee injury to lead Baylor to the 2010 Texas Bowl; the Bears' first bowl game in 16 seasons. RG3 set or tied 22 school records in 2010, including 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns, and was an honorable mention selection for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches in his redshirt sophomore campaign. - Baylor football

07/19/2011 - 2011 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, Senior, has been named one of 40 players selected to the Walter Camp Football Foundation Preseason Watchlist for the 2011 college football season. The 2011 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, which is voted on by the 120 NCAA Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be announced live on ESPN SportsCenter on Thursday, December 8. Griffin III returned from a knee injury to lead Baylor to the 2010 Texas Bowl, the Bears' first bowl game in 16 seasons. RG3 threw for school records of 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns and was an honorable mention selection for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches in his redshirt sophomore campaign. The former All-American track hurdler received his undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010. - Baylor football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Robert Griffin III, Baylor, Big 12, has been named one of 38 of the nation's top collegiate quarterbacks selected to the 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Preseason Watch List based on player performance during the previous year and expectations heading into the 2011 college football season. The Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (The O'Brien) is presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback and is the oldest and most prestigious national quarterback award. After a knee injury ended his 2009 season after three games, RG3 returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2010 to throw for school records of 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns and was an honorable mention selection for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches. The former All-American track hurdler received his undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010, is taking graduate courses and completed his fourth year of spring drills (was early enrollee in spring 2008) last April. - Baylor football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Robert Griffin, Baylor, QB, Jr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. The junior Heisman candidate is coming off an impressive comeback season in 2010 in which he earned All-Big 12 honors and set or tied 27 school records as well as leading Baylor to its first bowl game in 16 seasons. Griffin III, a preseason All-America projection by Athlon Sports, is one of eight Big 12 student-athletes and 30 quarterbacks on the Maxwell watch list. After a knee injury ended his 2009 season after three games, RG3 returned as a redshirt sophomore in 2010 to throw for school records of 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns and was an honorable mention selection for Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by the league's coaches. The former All-American track hurdler received his undergraduate degree in political science in December 2010, is taking graduate courses and completed his fourth year of spring drills (was early enrollee in spring of 2008) last April. - Baylor football

05/24/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2011: QB Robert Griffin is back for his junior season after completing 304 of 454 passes for 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns. Griffin, who also carried the ball 149 times for 633 yards and eight touchdowns. He one of the more exciting players in college football, and he could be a Heisman Trophy candidate. - The Sports Xchange

 
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04/29/2012 - While the 6-foot-2, 223-pound Griffin said he will have to work on the "verbiage" of Washington's West Coast offense, he added, that by the end of training camp, "it will be like reading the back of my hand. ... I'm a person that truly tries to lead by example. Sometimes I get tired talking about things because you want to just go do it. My dream has come true and it's up to me to figure out what I'm going to do." The ever-confident Griffin isn't concerned about adjusting from running Baylor's spread attack to a less option-based NFL offense. After working with former NFL assistant Terry Shea on his footwork, Griffin has already met with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan for six hours to get a head start on learning the scheme that he'll begin trying to implement during the May 4-6 rookie minicamp at Redskins Park before he reports for full-time duty on May 14. "If you can play football in high school, you can be an elite college player," said Griffin, a self-described fast learner who finished Copperas Cove (Texas) High School and Baylor (political science degree) in three and a half years apiece and is working on his master's in communications. "If you're an elite college player, you can be an elite pro. I know I am a rookie, but I'm not go out and use that as an excuse. I'm gonna try to succeed. I'll savor the moment tonight. Tomorrow, I'll fly to D.C. and then we're ready to roll." - The Sports Xchange

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