Robert Griffin III is a very focused young man who has helped to resurrect Baylor’s football program over the past three years.
In the classroom and on the football field, Griffin has excelled and is on track to receive a degree in political science after the 2010 football season concludes. Additionally, the 6’2 redshirt sophomore plans to enroll in graduate school in 2011.
On the football field, Griffin has had dealt with growing pains and had to deal with injuries, but he and the Baylor Bears program rebounded very nicely.
Griffin threw for 3,195 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. The dual-threat quarterback star also rushed for 591 yards while leading Baylor to its first bowl since 1994.
Baylor is in a great position right now to become a Top 15 team for 2011 if he stays. The Bears had signature wins in consecutive weeks over Colorado, Kansas State and Texas on the road.
The road win over Texas, the first against the Longhorns since 1997, was probably the sweetest win of the 2010 season. Griffin threw for two touchdowns and scored another via a one-yard run as Baylor won 30-22.
Even though the regular season ended with three consecutive losses to ranked teams such as offensive powerhouse Oklahoma State, resurgent Texas A&M and perennial nemesis Oklahoma, this Bears team is poised to get better in 2011–especially if Griffin III stays in Waco.
The 2010 season ended with a bowl loss, but with a lot of hope for the future. Thirteen starters who took the field against Illinois will likely be back in 2011.
In three seasons, Griffin has passed for over 6,000 yards which eclipsed Baylor’s previous record for passing yards.
In the Texas Bowl, he threw for 306 yards and a touchdown, but his two fumbles in the first half contributed to Illinois scoring opportunities and the Bears couldn’t recover.
Despite the 38-14 loss to Illinois, Baylor still claims its first winning season since the mid-1990’s.
Griffin has spoken publicly in regard to whether he will leave for the NFL and most indications point to him staying for another season at Baylor.
In the Dallas Morning News, he explained that he would like to stay at Baylor, but won’t shun a chance at the NFL.
Griffin certainly has the skillset of a Michael Vick or a Vince Young, but currently most NFL experts don’t have Griffin on their draft boards. It will interesting to see in the weeks and months to come if the talented redshirt sophomore changes his mind.