Heisman Trophy Tensions
Zach Perlman, '13, Staff Reporter
January 17, 2012
Filed under Sports Center
College football’s regular season finally came to a close with Louisiana State University’s victory over University of Alabama. Two weeks ago, awards were given out to the top players in the NCAA, leading to the highly anticipated ceremony for the Heisman Trophy in New York City. Among the finalists were University of Alabama Running Back Trent Richardson, Stanford University Quarterback Andrew Luck, LSU Cornerback Tyrann Mathieu, University of Wisconsin Running Back Monte Ball and Baylor University Quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Eventually, the deliberation of writers, coaches and sportscasters came to a close and Griffin was announced as the winner. It was the first time any player from Baylor University had won the prestigious trophy. Griffin had a statistically unusual year, throwing more touchdowns than incompletions well into the middle of the season. Griffin led his team to a remarkable win against fifth-ranked University of Oklahoma with a miraculous come-from-behind victory at Baylor this past November.
Griffin was known not only as a “big man on campus” for his athleticism, but for his personality. When speaking of Griffin, many referred to him as “different” due to his eclectic collection of socks and interests in music. The Baylor quarterback is very different from most football players in that he conducts his work in a quiet, modest manner, without pretentiousness.
The winner of 2011’s Heisman trophy matches the 2011 NCAA season itself- different. Predictions for next season leave many wondering if Griffin will repeat his truly epic year and reclaim the Trophy next year.