Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin is a bonafide candidate to win this year's Heisman Trophy. The sophomore from Copperas Cove received his official letter Wednesday from the Heisman Trophy Trust signifying that he has a chance to be named the best college football player in the country this year.
According to the letter, Griffin's "weekly on-field performances are gaining the attention of the 926 National Electors'' and he is "considered a Heisman Memorial Trophy Contender.''
Griffin is at the forefront of a Baylor program that is 7-3, already bowl eligible for the first time since 1995, and has been one of college football's best feel-good stories of the season. The 6-2, 220-pounder has completed 226-of-342 passes for 2,859 yards, 20 touchdowns and only six interceptions, and has rushed 101 times for 416 yards and seven touchdowns.
"Robert Grffin has been phenomenal,'' said Texas coach Mack Brown, who recruited Griffin as an "athlete'' instead of a quarterback. "I can't imagine him not being in the Heisman talk.''
Also a Maxwell Award semifinalists, Griffin is third in the nation in passing yards (2,859), third in total offense per game (327.5), and ninth in passing yards per game (285.9).
Texas Tech coach Tommy Tuberville said Grififn is the best all-around quarterback in the nation, and added that: "This guys is a lot more athletic than Tim Teebow.''
The Heisman ballots will be mailed Nov. 15 and the finalists will be announced Dec. 6. The Heisman Trophy Presentation will take place Dec. 11 in New York City.
-- Dwain Price