My alma mater, Baylor University, has had a lot of rough years in football ever since the old Southwest Conference disbanded and Baylor joined the Big 12. But things have been looking up. The basketball programs have had a lot of recent success: the woman's team won the national title in 2005, went to the Final Four last year, and is currently the #1 team in the nation with arguably the best player in the country, Britney Griner. The men's team has been nationally ranked for the last three years and is currently ranked #6 in the country. Pretty heady territory for a private Baptist university. But the football team has not enjoyed the same success.
Until RG3 showed up 4 years ago. Robert Griffin III started at quarterback as a freshman, you could tell he was a unique talent. A football player who also is a track star, he makes a lot of plays with his running, but unlike a lot of quarterbacks with great running ability i.e. Tim Tebow, RG3 can stand in the pocket and deliver passes with accuracy. After a knee injury early in his second year led to a medical redshirt, he came back last year and led the Bears to a bowl. This year, he has led the team to 9 wins, including signature victories over 10-2 TCU, currently ranked 16th in the nation, Oklahoma, and Texas.
And now RG3 is favored to win the Heisman Trophy, given to the best collegiate football player. No Baylor player has ever won the Heisman; few have even been finalists, and none finished higher than 4th in the voting.
Here's a video of RG3 as he's announced as a finalist:
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