Two defenders in the Cowboys’ locker room have seen Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III up close and personal. They know exactly what Dallas is in for on Thursday.
Rookie linebacker Kyle Wilber went 1-1 against Griffin while at Wake Forest. Griffin passed for 125 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions and ran for 29 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries in a 41-13 loss to the Demon Deacons in 2008. A year later, as a sophomore, Griffin passed for 136 yards and a touchdown while running for 41 yards on 13 carries in a 24-21 Baylor victory.
“He’s still the same guy,” Wilber said. “Great athlete. Fast. He can run the ball. He can pass the ball.”
Rookie defensive end Ben Bass’ Aggies were 2-0 against Griffin in Griffin’s final two seasons, beating Baylor 55-28 last year and 42-30 in 2010. Griffin passed for a school-record 430 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in 2011, though he also threw an interception and also ran for only 15 yards on 12 carries. Griffin passed for 212 yards and ran for 92 yards and a touchdown in 2010.
“You have to hit him… and hit him… and hit him,” Bass said. “He’s a guy that if you don’t get to him, if you’re not physical with him, then he’ll make plays, and he’ll make plays running the ball and throwing the ball. He can do it all as a quarterback.
“You’ve got to get to him before he gets to you.”
-- Charean WIlliams