On Saturday night, the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner was announced. The award ultimately went to Robert Griffin III, quarterback of the Baylor Bears. Griffin had an outstanding season and ultimately wowed Heisman voters with his offensive numbers and thrilling plays. Closer to Southern California, however, was a quarterback who was not invited to New York for the Heisman ceremony, but received his fair share of votes.
When all the ballots had been tallied, Barkley finished with 153 points; good enough for sixth place overall. Although Barkley missed out on being one of the top five vote-getters and classifying as a finalist, he had a 2011 season to be proud of. Although his team was bowl ineligible, they never played like it. The quarterback kept his cool all season long as he led his team to a 10-2 record (7-2 in Pac-12 play). Along the way, he set an all-time Pac-12 record by putting together 39 total touchdowns in a single season.
Barkley's153 points came in behind Griffin (1,687), Stanford's Andrew Luck (1,407), Alabama's Trent Richardson (978), Wisconsin's Montee Ball (348) and LSU's Tyrann Mathieu (327).