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Robert Griffin III, 2011 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Winner
 

Robert Griffin III of Baylor University is the 2011 Davey O達rien National Quarterback Award (The O達rien) Winner. Jim McMahon, the 1981 O達rien Winner, presented the award to Griffin during The Home Depot College Football Awards at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He is Baylor痴 first Davey O達rien National Quarterback Award winner; however, linebacker Mike Singletary won the Davey O達rien Memorial Trophy in 1979 and 1980.*

 

Throughout the 2011 campaign, Griffin has commanded attention with his awe-inspiring performances. In addition to The O達rien, the Copperas Cove, Texas native was awarded the Heisman Trophy and was tabbed Player of the Year by The Associated Press (AP), Sporting News and Yahoo!/Rivals.com. The Capital One Academic All-American was also named first-team All-America by The AP, Sporting News, CBSSports.com, SI.com, Yahoo!/Rivals.com, Phil Steele, FoxSportsNext.com and Football Writers Association of America.

 

During the regular season, the prolific signal caller led the Baylor Bears (9-3, 6-3 Big 12) to their best record in 25 years, while single-handedly propelling his team into the national spotlight. In addition to a record-setting 67-56 victory over Washington in the Valero Alamo Bowl, the Bears notched signature wins against conference rivals Oklahoma and Texas.

 

The fourth-year junior had a record-setting season. Griffin amassed a school-record 4,293 passing yards and 47 touchdowns, with only six interceptions on the season. He ranked second in the nation in passing efficiency (189.48 rating), total offense (384.0 yards per game) and points responsible for (22.15 points per game). Additionally, Griffin became the third player in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history with more than 10,000 career passing yards (10,366) and 2,000 career rushing yards (2,254).

 

Griffin enrolled at Baylor in the spring of 2008 after graduating from high school a semester early. He joined the track team and quickly became a Big 12 champion, NCAA All-American and Olympic trials semifinalist in the 400-meter hurdles. Griffin痴 success continued on the gridiron; following a breakout season in which he tallied 2,934 yards of total offense and 28 touchdowns, he was tabbed Big 12 Freshman of the Year and first-team freshman All-America by Sporting News. After sustaining a season-ending knee injury three games into the 2009 campaign, Griffin rebounded with 3,501 passing yards, 635 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns the following season.

 

Prior to becoming a Baylor Bear, Griffin attended Copperas Cove High School where he excelled both on and off the field. In addition to serving as class president, the Bulldawgs starting quarterback posted a 25-4 record in two seasons, earned numerous accolades as one of the nation痴 top high school sprinters and graduated seventh in his class.

 

Griffin, the son of Robert Jr. and Jacqueline Griffin, earned his degree in political science in December 2010 and spent last year studying for his master痴 in communications. The six-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner痴 Honor Roll declared for the NFL Draft in January 2012.

 

*The Memorial Trophy was presented annually to the most outstanding player in the Southwestern states of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas from 1977 until 1981 when the award was expanded nationally in scope and limited to quarterback, the primary position of our namesake.

 

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