IRVING, Texas – Robert Griffin III declined to reveal his Heisman Trophy vote Tuesday when asked by a reporter on a conference call at the Cowboys’ Valley Ranch practice facility.
Like all previous winners of college football’s top individual award, the former Baylor Bears quarterback has a vote. Griffin was asked if he had seen Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel, who some consider the front-runner for the honor, play this season.
“I can’t disclose my Heisman vote,” the Washington Redskins rookie quarterback responded. “It’s funny that I say this, but I got to see the youngster play and he’s done a good job. And that’s a lot coming from a Baylor Bear. Right now, it’s up in the air because for me it’s been a difficult year, and I’ve talked to some other Heisman voters. It’s been a difficult year for the Heisman, just who to vote for, so it’ll come down to the last couple of weeks. He’s in the talk.”
Griffin’s former team knocked off No. 1 Kansas State on Saturday. The outcome might have ended Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein’s chances at winning the award. But Griffin wasn’t counting him out.
“He’s a Big 12 quarterback, so it’d have been nice to keep it in the Big 12,” Griffin said. “But like I said, you just don’t know what can happen. My (2011) team lost a few games, but we won six straight down the stretch and did some great things in prime-time games. So you never know what’s going to happen. Klein might still end up winning it. You don’t know. Manti Te’o might. It’s up in the air.”
Te’o, a linebacker for No. 1 Notre Dame, will have a large audience watching his final game before the Heisman is awarded. The Fighting Irish face USC on Saturday on national TV.