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).
Fourth-year junior, athletic, play-making dual-threat quarterback made successful comeback from season-ending knee surgery (ended 2009 season in third game, hardship waiver resulted in redshirt season) to earn 2010 All-Big 12 honors... Record-setting sophomore season resulted in Heisman Award mention as well as comeback player of year talk... Semifinalist for Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of Year and O'Brien Award... Owns or shares 30 Baylor records... BU career leader in 14 categories: passing yards?(6,073), total offense (7,628), passing efficiency (143.3), passing TDs (41), completion percentage (64.4), TD-to-interception ratio (3.73), interception percentage (.0139), TD responsibility (64), rushing TDs by QB (23), total offense per-play (6.70), total offensive plays (1,139), consecutive attempts without an interception (209), 200-yard passing games?(17) and 300-yard passing games (4)... 1,555 career rushing yards ranks 12th in school history... One of five returning FBS quarterbacks with 5,500 career passing and 1,500 career rushing yards... Career TDs-to-interceptions ratio is 41-11 (3.73, best in school history)... 27 career starts, second-most on team... Made headlines during 2008 season when earned freshman All-America and Big 12 top freshman honors (as 18-year-old)... Has been referred to as fastest quarterback in college football history... Broad jump measured at 10'1.5"... World-class hurdler... Earned All-America status in outdoor track and field during spring 2008 (early enrollee) before freshman season of football... Selected to Texas UIL All-Century Boys Track and Field prep team in May 2010... 2010 Academic All-District VI and Academic All-Big 12 first team... Six-time member of Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll and two-time Dean's List honoree... Graduated from Baylor in December 2010 with a degree in political science three years after enrolling at Baylor.
Started all 13 games and earned All-Big 12, Big 12 Offensive Player of Year and Comeback Player of Year honors as sophomore... Named All-Big 12 (second team by league coaches, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald, Phil Steele; honorable mention by AP) and honorable mention Big 12 Offensive Player of Year by league coaches... Semifinalist for Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Player of Year and O'Brien Award, member of Manning Award watch list... Named second-team "All-Texas" by Dave Campbell's Texas Football publication... Earned Baylor's "Kyle Woods Inspirational Leader" award... Set or tied 11 single-season school records (passing yards 3,501, passing TDs 22, pass efficiency 144.2, total offense 4,163, completion percentage 67.0, TD responsibility 30, completions 304, total offensive plays 603, 200-yard games 11, 300-yard games 4 and consecutive games with a TD pass 9)... Broke two single-game school records (total offense 444 yards vs. Kansas, pass play 94-yard TD to Josh Gordon vs. Kansas)... Ranked sixth nationally (third in Big 12) in total offense with 318.2 yards-per-game... Ranked eighth nationally in completions (304), 13th (fourth in Big 12) in passing yards with 3,501 and 17th in yards-per-game (269.3)... Ranked third in Big 12 (29th nationally) in pass efficiency at 144.2... Accounted for 30 of Baylor's 48 offensive TDs (22 passing, eight rushing)... Completed 14 passes of 40 or more yards (11 for TDs), eight of 50 or more (all for TDs)... Threw for 200-plus yards in 11 of 13 games (a school record) and had four 300-yard games (school record)... Earned Academic All-District VI recognition from ESPN/CoSIDA and named to Academic All-Big 12 first team... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2010... Threw for then-career-high 297 yards and two TDs (including 61-yarder) in win over Buffalo in second game, also had two TDs rushing (named Manning Award Star of Week)... Had record-setting game in week five win vs. Kansas, named Big 12 Player of Week (Rivals.com), Big 12 Offensive Player of Week (league), Manning Award Star of Week and earned helmet sticker on ESPN College Football Final... In KU win set then career-highs of passing yards (380) and TDs (three) and broke school's single-game total offense mark with 444 yards and broke school record for longest completion with 94-yard TD throw to Josh Gordon, complete 26-of-36 passes... Completed season-high 31 passes for then-career-high 384 yards and two scores vs. Texas Tech in sixth game... Ran for season-high 137 yards and threw for 234 and TD in win at Colorado in seventh game... Named Big 12 Player of Week by Rivals.com following CU win... Earned mid-season accolades: Big 12 Player of Midseason (Des Moines Register and Columbia Tribune) and Midseason Big 12 Comeback Player of Year (Rivals.com)... Threw for career-high 404 yards and career-high four TDs in win over Kansas State in eighth game (earned Manning Award Star of Week)... Ran for career-long 71-yard TD vs. No. 23 Texas A&M in 11th game, finished with 92 rushing yards and 212 passing yards... Threw for 306 yards and one TD on 30-of-41 passing in Texas Bowl vs. Illinois, added 44 yards rushing... Named preseason national comeback team QB (Rivals.com)... Named Big 12's "Best Athlete" (Sporting News) and "Best Scrambler" (Lindy's).
Started season's first three games at quarterback before sustaining season-ending knee injury in third game of true sophomore season in 2009... Threw for 481 yards in two-and-one-half games on season (45-for-69 completions) with four TDs and zero interceptions... Also ran for 77 yards and two scores on 27 carries... On watch lists for Manning, Maxwell and O'Brien Awards...2010 Arthur Ashe Overall Sports Scholar Award finalist... Named to Baylor's Dean's List in spring 2009 and fall 2010 and Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in fall 2009 and spring 2010... Totaled 136 yards passing and 41 yards rushing in season-opening win at Wake Forest... Also had one TD pass and 59-yard punt in Wake win... Threw for 119 yards and rushed for 20 yards and two touchdowns in second game vs. UConn... Suffered non-contact isolated tear to anterior cruciate ligament in right knee during first series of third game of season (ninth quarter of season) vs. Northwestern State... Played remainder of first half (eight total series) with bandaged knee and totaled 226 yards while completing 13 of 19 passes for three touchdowns without an interception... Hardship waiver request approved by Big 12 Conference in November 2009, resulting in redshirt season for 2009... Knee surgery in October 2009... Preseason publication honors: Big 12's "Best Athlete" (Sporting News); Big 12's "Toughest to bring down" (Lindy's); Big 12's "Best Running QB" (Sporting News); Big 12's "Best Scrambler" (Lindy's).
Sensational quarterback made immediate impact as 18-year-old true freshman in 2008 (nation's youngest starting quarterback)... Came off bench in fourth drive of season (second quarter of season-opener vs. Wake Forest) and remained first-string QB for remainder of season... Named first-team freshman All-America by Sporting News and Rivals.com (second-team by Phil Steele and honorable mention by CollegeFootballNetwork)... Named Big 12 Freshman of Year by Sporting News, Rivals.com and Dallas Morning News... Named Big 12 Newcomer of Year by ESPN.com and San Antonio Express-News... Selected Big 12 Offensive Newcomer of Year by The Associated Press, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Houston Chronicle... Voted the Big 12 Offensive Freshman of Year by league's coaches... Named Big 12 Top Offensive Freshman by Waco Tribune-Herald... Established NCAA Bowl Subdivision record 209 passes without an interception to start a career (threw first pick in ninth game of season), also broke school record for completions without an interception and four shy of Big 12 record... Awarded Baylor Offensive MVP... Named to Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll in spring and fall 2008 and spring 2009... One of six true freshmen to play for Baylor in 2008... Finished season with 2,091 yards passing on 160-of-267 completions with 15 touchdowns and three interceptions... Pass efficiency of 142.0 ranked 27th nationally... Added 843 rushing yards (22 fewer than starting tailback Jay Finley) on 173 carries and 13 rushing TDs... Ranked sixth in Big 12 in average rushing yards... Average of 244.5 total offense yards ranked 10th in Big 12 and 31st nationally... Accounted for two-thirds of teams TDs (28 of 46) in 2008... School-record 28 TDs (15 passing, 13 rushing) responsible for... Fifth among nation's quarterbacks in rushing yardage (70.3 ypg) and second in rushing touchdowns (13)... Established school freshman records for quarterback rushing yards (843) and TDs (13)... Thirteen rushing TDs second-most in Baylor history (any position)... Interception percentage of .011 ranked third among quarterbacks with at least 200 attempts... Made debut in second quarter of season opener vs. No. 23 Wake Forest, totaled 125 yards passing and 29 yards rushing... Threw for season-highs of 294 yards and three TDs and ran for 42 in second game and first career start in win over Northwestern State... Burst on national scene in third game (second start), rushing for a then-school-record 217 yards and two TDs and throwing for 129 yards and a score in win over Washington State... Also set school and Big 12 single-game records with 19.7 yards-per-rush in WSU win... Won Big 12 Offensive Player of Week and ESPN College Football helmet sticker for performance vs. WSU... Threw for 208 yards and matched season-high of three TDs, along with 46 rushing yards in week four at Connecticut... Ran for 102 yards and two TDs, threw for 75 yards vs. No. 1 Oklahoma in fifth game... Completed 87.5 percent of passes (21-of-24) for 278 yards in win over Iowa State in sixth game, third-highest single-game completion percentage in Big 12 history... Topped 200-yards passing and threw for two TDs in games vs. Iowa State, No. 14 Missouri, and Texas A&M... Track & Field All-American after finishing third at NCAA Outdoor Championships in 400-meter hurdles (49.55)... Won Big 12 gold medal in 400-meter hurdles with third-fastest time (49.22) in school history.
Copperas Cove High School, Copperas Cove, Texas... Rated nation's No. 3 dual-threat quarterback by Rivals.com... Four-star Rivals.com recruit ranked No. 42 on that recruiting service's Texas Top 100 list and No. 50 on Lone Star Recruiting Texas 100... Listed 62nd on SuperPrep's Texas 110 list... Also 4-star Scout.com recruit rated state's 67-best player overall and nation's 12th-best prep signal caller... Houston Chronicle Texas Top 100 recruit... No. 54 on San Antonio Express-News Texas Top 100... Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Fab 44... No. 55 on Austin American-Statesman's Fab 55... Fort Worth Star-Telegram Texas Top 100 member... Waco Tribune-Herald Top 100 selection ranked No. 2 on publication's Central Texas Top 25 list and among its Top 50 recruits overall... In two seasons as Bulldawgs' starting quarterback, posted 25-4 record... Earned first-team 2007 Waco Tribune-Herald Super Centex honors as utility player and honorable mention Class 4A all-state honors from The Associated Press... First-team All-District 16-4A quarterback... 2007 Texas Top 300 member as selected by Texas Football Magazine, ranked among state's top 20 quarterbacks prior to senior season by same publication... Rushed for 1,285 yards and 24 touchdowns, passed for 1,356 yards and 16 touchdowns with seven interceptions in leading Bulldawgs to 13-2 record and runner-up finish in 2007 Class 4A Division I playoffs... Averaged 7.3 yards per rush as senior... As junior, passed for 2,001 yards and 25 TDs with just two interceptions, rushed 876 times and eight TDs en route to first-team All-District 16-4A honors... All-told in final two prep seasons, rushed for 2,161 yards and 32 touchdowns and threw for 3,357 yards and 41 scores with just nine picks... One of nation's top high school sprinters, received 2007 Gatorade Texas Boys Track & Field Athlete of Year award after setting state records in both 110-(13.55 seconds with personal best of 13.3) and 300-(35.33 seconds) meter hurdles... 300 hurdles time one-hundredth of second off national prep record... Also posted 46.9 400 meter PR... Coached by Jack Welch at District 16-4A school.
Son of Robert Sr.?and Jacqueline Griffin, Robert Lee?Griffin III was born Feb. 12, 1990,?in Japan... Father is retired U.S. military... Graduated No. 7 in senior class... Graduated from Baylor in December 2010 with degree in political science ... Has aspirations of attending law school.