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Baylor's Griffin Has Carried His Team All Season; Saturday He May Carry Home The Heisman Hardware

Five finalists are in New York City, and on Saturday night one of them will become the 77th recipient of college football's most prestigious prize, the Heisman Trophy.

Robert Griffin III of Baylor
Robert Griffin III of Baylor

Thursday night, Robert Griffin III of Baylor was awarded the Davy O'Brien Award as college football's most outstanding quarterback this season. On Saturday night, the sensational junior signal caller might haul home the college game's most prestigious honor, the Heisman Trophy.

In canvassing the experts, USA Today is projecting Griffin to beat out Stanford's Andrew Luck, running backs Trent Richardson of Alabama and Montee Ball of Wisconsin and LSU defensive standout Tyrann Mathieu and be the 77th recipient of the Heisman.

Griffin, who goes by the nickname RG3, would be the fourth Big 12 player to win the award since 2001 and the first from Baylor. The highest Heisman finisher in Baylor history was another Bear quarterback, Don Trull, who finished fourth in the voting in 1963, the year that Roger Staubach won the award. Former winners out of the Big 12 were Eric Crouch of Nebraska in 2001, Jason White of Oklahoma in 2003 and Sam Bradford of Oklahoma in 2008.

Griffin, second in the country in total offense, led his team to a 9-3 record and a third-place finish this season in the Big 12, including the Bears' first win ever over Oklahoma and a second consecutive victory over in-state rival Texas.

The poster child in Baylor's remarkable return to national respectability in football, Griffin also excels in the classroom. He graduated in three years with his undergraduate degree in political science and will receive a master's degree in May.

The Heisman Trophy presentation is Saturday night at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

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