2011 Heisman Trophy Results
Robert Griffin III captures Baylor's First Heisman Trophy
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Tyrann Mathieu
LSU's "Honey Badger"
The Tigers defensive and
special teams star was a
major reason why LSU
finished the regular
season undefeated and
won the SEC
2011 Heisman Candidate Finalist Running Backs

Trent Richardson - Alabama (Jr): Season Overview. Richardson rushed 263 times for
1,583 yards, (6.0 YPC) and 20 rushing TD's.  The Crimson Tide RB also hauled in 27
receptions for 327 yards and 3 scores
Bonus Points: The featured offensive player for the #2 ranked Tide and a scoring machine.  
Rushed for 3 or more TD's 3 times

Concerns: Although slight....Richardson rushed for less than 100 yards in three games.
Although he grinded out tough yardage in the loss to LSU, failing to score did not boost his
Heisman chances.  Richardson only has 3 rushing TD's in his last 4 games and 2 of those
were against Georgia Southern.  Richardson's touchdown stats are overwhelmed by
Wisconsin's Ball.

Note: Alabama won its first Heisman when Mark Ingram won the award in 2009

Montee Ball - Wisconsin (Jr.) Season Overview: Ball gained 1,759 yards on 275 carries
(5.1 YPG) and scored 32 rushing TD's.  Ball also collected 20 receptions for 255 yards and six
more scores.
Bonus Points: Ball has turned into a wrecking ball the last month of the season with 17 total
TD's in his last five games.  He now ranks 2nd nationally in rushing yards and leads the nation
in rushing TD's.  Leads the nation in scoring with 38 TD's.  Ball scored 4 TD's and rushed for
137 yards in the Big 10 championship game.

Concerns: After a slow start with less than 100 rushing yards in 3 of his first 4 games, Ball
has been off the Heisman candidate radar screen for much of the season.

Note: Wisconsin has captured two Heisman Trophies.  Ron Dayne (1999) was the last Badger
to win college football's top award.
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TD Passing Leaders
Through 12/3
  • Kennum 45
  • Moore 41
  • Barkley 39
  • R Griffin 36
  • Luck 35
Passing Yardage
Through 12/3
  • Kennum 5099
  • Foles 4334
  • Weeden 4328
  • L. Jones 4302
  • Doege 4004
QB Rating
Through 12/3
  • Griffin III 192.3
  • Wilson 191.6
  • Kennum 177.9
  • Moore 176.8
  • Luck 167.5
Robert Griffin III
Freakish stats and an
upset wina over OU  and
Texas helped Robert
Griffin III to win the 2011
Heisman Trophy
Montee Ball
The Wisconsin RB  exploded
onto the Heisman scene in
the last month and leads the
nation in scoring.
Rushing Yardage
Through 12/3
  • Ball 1759
  • Rainey 1695
  • Hillman 1656
  • James 1646
  • Wilson 1627
Rushing TD
Through 12/3
  • Ball 32
  • Klein 26
  • Pierce 25
  • Randle 23
  • Richardson 20
Heisman Trophy Finalist: Defense/Special Teams

Tyrann Mathieu - LSU (Jr.) Season Overview: Known as the "Honey Badger," Mathieu is lighting in a bottle.  
This season he leads LSU in tackles and forces turnovers.  Mathieu also ranks second in the nation with 5 forced
fumbles and 6 fumble recoveries.
Bonus Points: Huge game-breaking punt returns against Arkansas and Georgia in the SEC Championship game.

Concerns: Not being an offensive player and being suspended for one game for breaking team rules.

Note:  LSU's lone Heisman winner was Billy Cannon in 1959.  Cannon impressed Heisman voters with a famous
punt return that season.
2011 Heisman Candidate Finalist Quarterbacks

Robert Griffin III - Baylor (Jr) Season Overview: Griffin led the nation in QB rating (192.3) and threw 36TD's vs. 6 Int's
in 12 games.  Griffin was a rushing force with 644 yards and 9 TD's.
Bonus Points: Off the chart stats and his impact on a Baylor team that has been down for years.  #1 national QB rating.  
Leading Baylor to a 9-3 season that included wins over OU since prior to the game Baylor was 0-20 against the Sooners
and a season-ending victory over Texas.  Griffin's strong rushing totals.

Concerns: Three losses on the season has caused it to rain on Griffin's Heisman candidate parade.  The recent voting
trend has been the best player on the best team and the much improved Bears still do not fit that category.  Getting
knocked out in the first half in Saturday's Texas Tech game diminished Griffin III's ability to further pad his stats.  Video of
him standing on the sidelines while other Heisman candidates were surging at this late stage is not beneficial either.

Andrew Luck - Stanford (Jr) Season Overview, the Stanford QB is the only repeat Heisman finalist from 2010.  For the
season, Luck ranked 5th nationally in passing rating (167.5) while completing 70.0% of his passes for 35 TD's and 9 Int's.  
Although Luck entered the 2011 season as the clear Heisman favorite, a somewhat weak Pac 12 has not helped his cause.  
While a dramatic win over USC was huge, the loss to Oregon was deflating to say the least.
Bonus Points: Returning for another season after great 2010 campaign.  High QB rating and defeating USC on the road in
dramatic fashion eans a Gold Star.  A regular season finale win over Notre Dame to cap an 11-win season.
Concerns: Three games of throwing for less than 210 yards.  Compared to last season, his rushing yards and yards per
carry are way down.  Luck rushed for 453 yards last year and only has 153 this year.  The loss to Oregon was crippling to
Luck's bid to win the Heisman, especially with a national audience watching the crucial match up.

Note: A Stanford Cardinal had finished as the Heisman runner up the previous two seasons.  Andrew Luck in 2010 and
Toby Gerhart in 2009.
Who the Experts Liked
On the eve of the 2011 Heisman Trophy presentation, here's how some of the experts had it picked.
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1. Robert Griffin, 2. Montee Ball, 3t. Trent Richardson, 3t. Andrew Luck, 5. Matt Barkley
1. Robert Griffin, 2. Trent Richardson, 3. Andrew Luck, 4. Montee Ball, 5. Tyrann Mathieu
2011 Heisman Trophy Voting Results
Five finalist were invited to the awards presentation held on Sat. Dec. 10, 2011
1st Place
Robert Griffin
Andrew Luck
Trent Richardson
Montee Ball
Tyrann Mathieu
Rounding out the top 10 in Heisman voting:  Matt Barkley QB USC (153 points), Case Keenum QB
Houston (123 points), Kellen Moore QB Boise St. (90 points), Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin (52 points),
LaMichael James HB Oregon (48 points)
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