Counting Down the Big 12's Top Players

One-by-one, we count down the Big 12's top players. At No. 3 is Baylor do-it-all quarterback Robert Griffin III.

3) Robert Griffin III, junior QB, Baylor

This might be one of the more controversial picks on the list. After all, how do you pick Griffin over last season's first-and-second-team All-Big 12 quarterbacks? How do you pick him over a pair of Heisman candidates who have their teams in the top-10?

And the answer is simple: if you were building a team around one quarterback, Griffin would be the first one taken. While the other two are amazing pocket passers, Griffin combines a great pocket passing game with outstanding athleticism. How many quarterbacks are legitimate Big 12 track athletes, as Griffin was?

In his two full years as a starter — with an injury redshirt year in-between — Griffin has tallied nearly 1,500 yards and 21 touchdowns on the ground. But he's far from just another running quarterback. He's smart with the ball, only throwing 11 interceptions in 27 games, 26 as a starter. Over that same time period, he's completed better than 64 percent of his passes, with a high mark of 67 percent last year, when he threw for more than 3,500 yards and rushed for more than 600.

In doing so, he led Baylor to its first bowl game in years, helping to remove the Bears from their former spot as laughing stock of the Big 12. Now, heading into Griffin's junior year, the Bears are among the most feared offenses in the league, mostly because of the impact Griffin makes on a ball game.


2010 Stats: 304-for-454 for 3,501 yards and 22 touchdowns to eight interceptions, 149 carries for 635 yards and eight touchdowns



No. 4: Oklahoma QB Landry Jones

No. 5: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden

No. 6: Oklahoma LB Travis Lewis

No. 7: Texas DT Kheeston Randall

No. 8: Iowa State OL Kelechi Osemele

No. 9: Texas A&M RB Cyrus Gray

No. 10: Oklahoma State OL Levy Adcock

No. 11: Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller

No. 12: Texas LB Keenan Robinson

No. 13: Oklahoma DE Frank Alexander

No. 14: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

No. 15: Oklahoma DB Tony Jefferson

No. 16: Texas LB Emmanuel Acho

No. 17: Oklahoma DB Demontre Hurst

No. 18: Baylor WR Kendall Wright

No. 19: Oklahoma OL Ben Habern

No. 20: Oklahoma State OL Lane Taylor

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No.22: Oklahoma State S Markelle Martin

No.23: Missouri DL Brad Madison

No. 24: Missouri WR T.J. Moe

No. 25: Texas Tech OL Mickey Okafor

No. 26: Missouri TE Michael Egnew

No. 27: Texas A&M CB Coryell Judie

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No. 29: Oklahoma DE/LB Ronnell Lewis

No. 30: Texas A&M RB Christine Michael

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No. 32: Texas Tech OL %%MATCH_40%%

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No. 34: Oklahoma WR %%MATCH_49%%

No. 35: Texas WR %%MATCH_52%%

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No. 38: Oklahoma OL %%MATCH_53%%

No. 39: Texas Tech RB %%MATCH_46%%

No. 40: Baylor OL Philip Blake

No. 41: Missouri LB %%MATCH_45%%

No. 42: Texas DL Alex Okafor

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No. 44: Kansas RB %%MATCH_54%%

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No. 46: Iowa State CB %%MATCH_39%%

No. 47: Kansas State S %%MATCH_50%%

No. 48: Baylor DE/LB %%MATCH_48%%

No. 49: Kansas State DE %%MATCH_41%%

No. 50: Kansas DE Toben Opurum


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