Sam Darnold Wins 2016 Archie Griffin Award

    Sam Darnold
    Jan. 4, 2017

    USC redshirt freshman quarterback Sam Darnold was named the winner of the 2016 Archie Griffin Award, presented by the Touchdown Club of Columbus to college football's season-long most valuable player as determined at the conclusion of the bowl season.

    The award, named for the Ohio State football legend and only two-time Heisman Trophy winner, will be presented during the 62nd Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards on Feb. 4 at Express Live! in Columbus, Ohio.

    Darnold is the first freshman to win the Griffin Award since it was first presented in 1999. He is the second Trojan recipient, as quarterback Matt Leinart won the Archie Griffin Award in 2003 and 2004.

    Last year's winner was Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

    Darnold was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the Manning Award while completing 67.2% of his passes for 3,086 yards and 31 TDs with just 9 interceptions. He was named the Rose Bowl Offensive Player of Game as he set Rose Bowl records with 5 passing TDs and 473 total yards of offense in Monday's thrilling last second 52-49 win over Penn State. He was 33-of-53 passing for 453 yards overall in the game, including 10-of-10 for 135 yards in the fourth quarter as he engineered 2 late touchdowns drives to tie the score.

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