The NCAA Today's Top 10 Award recognizes student-athletes who completed their athletics eligibility during the 2011-12 academic year for their success on the fields and courts, in the classroom, and in the community. Award recipients will be recognized at the Honors Celebration on Jan. 18 during the NCAA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
The NCAA Honors Committee selects the honorees. The committee is composed of athletics administrators at member institutions and nationally distinguished citizens who are former student-athletes
Previously, the award recognized eight student-athletes and was known as Today's Top VIII. The NCAA Honors Committee expanded the award to honor 10 student-athletes to recognize the increased number of student-athletes, sports and championship opportunities.
Griffin III matched his on-field performances with excellence in the classroom. He earned his undergraduate degree in political science in just three years and was named to the Academic All-Big 12 team twice. The 2011 Heisman Trophy winner, Griffin III also received the Davey O'Brien Award and was named national player of the year by many outlets. RG3 led Baylor to its first bowl win in 19 years and a No. 12 final national ranking as a junior. He is a career leader at Baylor in 20 categories and led the nation in 2011 in points. As a freshman, Griffin III finished third in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His involvement in the community includes Santa's workshop, Special Olympics and the Waco mentor program. At the 2011 NCAA Convention, Griffin participated in President Mark Emmert's State of the Association speech.