RG3: Nuff Said

Robert Griffin III has shown the Big 12 and the country this season how good he can be, and how dangerous the Baylor Bears have become.

When one thinks of Robert Griffin outside of football, the picture of a perfect citizen comes to mind: a man who is great with children and a great example to every player on his team. He resembles another famous bear of television persuasion, Gentle Ben.


Gentle Ben was a friendly bear that loved children and was kind and well-mannered. Not exactly the greatest message to young children because, as we all know, a bear's nature is that of a predator, just like that of Robert Griffin.


Texas Tech Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said Griffin will be the most difficult player the Red Raiders have had to scheme for this year, and after the Bears' victory over Oklahoma, he is playing with the most confidence in his career.


"He did it himself. I mean, absolutely beat one of the better teams in the country by himself, up and down the field, taking advantage, running the ball," Tuberville said.


"I'm sure they kind of grimaced when he threw that ball right there at the end 50 yards down the field on the corner on a perfect strike."


Griffin leads the nation in total yards per game while leading the second ranked offense in the nation behind the juggernaut that is Art Briles' offense.


"Coach Briles has done a good job recruiting in the last three or four years," Tuberville said. "He's turned it around. He's got a lot more speed on the team."


And without Art Briles, the Bears would never have had Griffin. Griffin committed to the University of Houston after his Junior year of High School at Copperas Cove.


He wanted to play in Briles' offense. He knew the dominance the Cougars had shown on offense under Briles with Kevin Kolb at Quarterback.


But during Griffin's Senior year, Guy Morriss was fired at Baylor, and the Bears knew who they wanted to man their troops. That man was Art Briles.


The Bears caught a break. It turns out that Griffin's commitment wasn't to the Cougars, but to Briles. And that is how Baylor wrangled one of the most dangerous offensive threats in the nation.


Griffin burst onto the scene after his Freshman debut against Wake Forest. Even though they lost the game, his highlight reel move on the sideline was the talk of college football for the next few weeks, and the legend of Griffin was born.


Now every team who faces the Bears has to scheme to stop Griffin, a task that is rarely achieved by merely playing a normal defense.


Tech quarterback Seth Doege knows something about mobile quarterbacks. In his time at Frenship, he was a dangerous threat on the ground himself, and he said to stop Griffin from running, they may have to put a spy on him.


"He's super fast when he gets out of the pocket. That's when he makes plays," he said. "That's something that they'll have to do to contain him."


Many a team has tried to put a spy on Griffin and failed. Teams know what is coming and yet still fail to slow down the Heisman Trophy candidate.


But he is not just a runner. The typical idea of a mobile quarterback is a guy who struggles with accuracy and the ability to put touch on a deep ball. But Griffin's passing ability is what makes him so dangerous.


As a freshman, he set the FBS record with 209 passes without an interception to start his career on his way to being named to the Freshman All-American team.


And as a Redshirt Sophomore, he set the school record for passing efficiency and is the all-time Baylor leader in the category.


The accolades continue to pile up for Griffin as well. He is a semifinalist for the Walter Camp Award, and was a semifinalist for the Maxwell Award as well.


Needless to say, he will be tough to stop.


It is well documented that Tech has had trouble stopping mobile quarterbacks with James Franklin being the most recent quarterback to exploit the Red Raider defense.


Doege said he can't do anything to stop Robert Griffin, but he has confidence that his defense is well prepared to stop him, and they will have to if they want to have a chance to finish the season will a win and be bowl eligible for the 19th straight season.


"I know he's an unbelievable athlete. He's done a really good job for them this year," he said. "So that will be a challenge for us to stop him, and it will be a challenge for us to match him on offense."


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