No. 10 quarterback Robert Griffin III deflects Texas players as he runs for a touchdown on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor defeated Texas, 48-24, to finish the season at 9-3. Meagan Downing | Lariat Photographer
He is one of three players in the history of the FBS with more than 10,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing, graduated both high school and college early, competed in the Olympic Trials at the age of 17, is a finalist for the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and the Heisman trophy.
His name is Robert Griffin III and he is the quarterback at Baylor University.
Monday it was formally announced that Griffin had been invited to New York City for the Heisman ceremony, along with Wisconsin running back Montee Ball, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama running back Trent Richardson.
According to ESPN analyst Kirk Herbstreit, the . . .
No. 1 senior receiver Kendall Wright breaks a tackle in the first half against Texas at Floyd Casey Stadium on Saturday. The Bears beat the Longhorns 48-24.
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Even Superman can’t do it alone.
While most of the credit for the Bears’ stellar offense this season is attributed to Heisman hopeful quarterback Robert Griffin III, and rightfully so, one player stands out as Griffin’s right-hand man when the Bears take the field on offense.
Of Griffin’s 267 completions, 101 of them have gone to the player who wears the No. 1, senior wide receiver Kendall Wright.
Wright came to Baylor from Pittsburg, Texas, and has been making big plays and eye-popping catches for the Bears ever since.
In 2008, his true freshman year, Wright made an immediate impact on the team; he led in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches. He holds several all-time school records with 3,913 receiving yards and 29 touchdowns. Wright caught passes in all his 49 career games for Baylor.
He is the only player in school history to record . . .
No. 4 linebacker Elliot Coffey tries to tackle a Rice player on Sept. 24 at Floyd Casey Stadium. Baylor beat Rice 56-31.
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The darkest of days: Baylor football 2007.
This is how senior inside linebacker Elliot Coffey described his true freshman year playing for the Bears; it comes in marked contrast to the team’s recent successes.
Coffey said that during this time, players faced internal questions about their participation in Baylor football due to the team’s bad record and had to work hard to keep from getting down.
“When you’re working as hard as you are and you’re losing, it makes you think, ‘What I am doing? What am I doing wrong?’ You have to reassess yourself,” he said.
Baylor went 3-9 overall, 0-8 in the Big 12 that year. Now things are looking sunny. Baylor, which finished the season 9-3, is on its way to the Valero Alamo Bowl and the defense has forced a turnover in every game this season . . .