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The Official Student Newspaper of Huntingtown High School

Robert Griffin III

April 25th, 2012
By Brittany Wetklow

Some fans are not completely thrilled about the possible new addition to the Redskins Franchise. Robert Griffin III aka RG3 will potentially be coming to Washington this year as a rookie quarterback. We all know that times have been hard for Skins fans in past years. Maybe RG3 is what we need.

Griffin was born in Japan because both of his parents were stationed there as army sergeants. From there, he moved to Washington state, New Orleans, and finally to Copperas Cove, Texas.

RG3 attended Copperas Cover High School and participated in football, basketball, and track. Griffin started as QB for two seasons. As a Junior, RG3 passed for 2,001 yards, and scored 33 touchdowns (eight of which were run in by him in 876 yards).

Only throwing two interceptions all season, Griffin received first-team All District 16-4A honors. As a senior, Griffin rushed for 1,285 yards, scoring 24 touchdowns. He also passed for 1,356 yards for 16 touchdowns with 7 interceptions. By the end of his high school career, he moved the ball 5,518 yards with 41 TDs nine interceptions.

On the track team at CCHS, Griffin broke state records for the 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles. He ran the 110-meter hurdles in 13.55 seconds, and the 300-meter hurdles in 35.33 seconds. The 300-hurdles time was one-hundredth of a second short of breaking the national high school record. He was also a gold medalist in the 110 and 400-meter hurdles on the AAU track and field circuit. He sprinted 13.46 in the 110-meter hurdles and 49.56 in the 400-meter hurdles as a junior in high school. In 2007, as a junior, he was rated the No. 1 high school 400-meter immediate hurdler in the country, and was tied at No. 1 for the 110-meter sprint hurdler in the nation. Also as a junior, he received the Gatorade Texas Boys Track and Field Athlete of the Year award.

During his college recruitment, Griffin was rated the fourth-best dual-threat Quarterback in the nation. Griffin was pursued by Stanford, Tennessee, Kansas, Nebraska, Houston, Tulsa, Illinois, Washington State,  and Oregon. Griffin committed to play football for the University of Houston, but when the head coach, Art Briles, left Houston to be Head coach at Baylor, Griffin left to play at Baylor under him.

During Griffin’s college career (which was started in spring of 2008, graduating a semester early from CHHS), he played football and ran track for Baylor. He finished first in the Big 12 Conference Championship and the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship meets. RG3 broke the 400-meter hurdles record. He got third place in the NCAA meet and went on to participate in the U.S. Olympic Trials, in which he advanced to the semifinals. Graduating with a 3.67 GPA in Political Science, Griffin is now getting his masters in Communications.

In Griffin’s freshman year of college, he started 12 of 13 games. He won Big 12 Freshman of the Year, which is voted on by the other eleven coaches, not his own. Sophomore year was upsetting for Griffin, tearing his ACL in only the third game of the season and Red Shirted for the remainder of the year. Griffin entered his Junior year as a Redshirted Sophomore. His record that season was 7–6 (4–4 Big 12) for Baylor. For Griffin’s senior season, Baylor started off by playing TCU, who was ranked #15. Due to RG3 passing for 359 yards, 5 touchdowns and having a 77.8% completion percentage, Baylor upset the team for a 50-48 point win. Griffin went on to finish the season the way he started and became the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner. On January 11, 2012 he announced his intention to join the 2012 NFL draft and is now a quarterback candidate for our own Washington Redskins at a height of 6 ft 2/3 in, 223 lbs, arm length 32 1/4 in, hand size 9 1/2 in, 40 yd dash in 4.41 sec, vertical jump of 39 in, and 10 feet broad.

It is not every year that the Washington Redskins bring in the Heisman Trophy winner to play. In fact, there have only been three Heisman Trophy winners drafted into the Redskins Franchise. The last one was in 1991 and none of them were QBs.

Due to all of his accomplishments, if Washington is lucky enough to receive Griffin in the draft tomorrow, we need to welcome him with open arms.♦


Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight 40 Commit date  
Robert Griffin
Houston, Texas Copperas Cove HS 6 ft 3 in (191 cm) 195 lb (88 kg) 4.4 Dec 3, 2007   
Scout:    Rivals:    ESPN grade: 77
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 12 (QB)   Rivals: 4 (Dual-threat QB)  ESPN: 40 (QB)  
  • Note: In many cases, Scout and Rivals may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, an average of the two was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.
Taken from Wikipedia: Robert Griffin III

The Hidden Dangers of Helium

April 10th, 2012
By Morgan Daughtridge

Everyone knows the fun effects inhaling helium can have. You inhale the helium usually from a balloon, then you get a cartoon-like voice that sounds hilarious.  However, one story may make you think twice about performing this trick.

Fourteen-year-old Ashley Long died last month after inhaling helium from a pressured tank at a party in Medford, Oregon.  She told her parents she would be attending a small sleepover at a friend’s house two blocks down, but instead she piled in a car with her friends to go to a party in a condo across town.  Long was under the influence of several illegal substances when the pressurized tank was passed around. The gas proved detrimental to Long’s system when, not much later, she passed out with paramedics attempting to perform CPR. They were unable to revive her.

Experts say the effect of helium on her system was similar to that of when a diver comes to the surface too quickly. The gas forms bubbles in your blood which can then cause a stroke. This is very rare, with only three deaths related to helium in 2010. But it is best to remember that while helium seems like harmless entertainment, you always think twice about the risks before you put any substance into your body.