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College football notes: Heisman winner RG3 leaving Baylor for NFL Draft

In this photo provided by the Heisman Trophy Trust, Robert Griffin III, of Baylor University, holds the Heisman Trophy award after being named the winner, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Heisman Trophy Trust, Kelly Kline)
In this photo provided by the Heisman Trophy Trust, Robert Griffin III, of Baylor University, holds the Heisman Trophy award after being named the winner, Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Heisman Trophy Trust, Kelly Kline) AP

WACO, Texas — Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III is headed to the NFL.

Griffin made it official Wednesday, announcing that he would skip his senior season to enter the NFL Draft after a record-breaking college career. The announcement comes a month and a day after the dual-threat quarterback became the first Baylor player to win college football's highest individual honor.

"It was a tough decision, I love the people at this university, love my coach for giving me a chance to be a quarterback," Griffin said.

Stanford's Andrew Luck, the Heisman runner-up, and Griffin are likely to be the first two quarterbacks selected next April.

Griffin set or tied 54 school records while playing 41 games at Baylor. The fourth-year junior had another season of eligibility remaining at Baylor because he got a medical redshirt in the 2009 season.

The Bears tied a school record with 10 wins this season, including a six-game winning streak to end the year. They finished with a record-setting 67-56 victory over Washington in the Alamo Bowl, their first bowl victory since 1992.

Auburn hires D-coordinator

AUBURN, Ala. — Auburn Coach Gene Chizik says he only spoke to one candidate for defensive coordinator, and that was Brian VanGorder, who was introduced Wednesday at a news conference before taking over his new job. Auburn has not released details of his deal. VanGorder spent the past four years as defensive coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons and previously served as Georgia's defensive coordinator.

Chizik is still seeking a replacement for offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn.

Georgia's Charles going pro

ATLANTA — Saying he's accomplished all he wanted in his college career, Georgia tight end Orson Charles is headed to the NFL. Charles announced Wednesday he'll give up his final season of eligibility with the Bulldogs, a decision he said wasn't all that difficult after he prayed on it and met with a host of advisors, including former NFL coach Tony Dungy.

The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Charles, who had 94 receptions for 1,370 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Bulldogs, has yet to hire an agent but said there's no chance of returning for his senior year. He finished with the most yards in school history for a tight end.

Boise State has new OC

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State Coach Chris Petersen has made assistant Robert Prince the team's new offensive coordinator. Prince served as wide receivers coach and passing coordinator last season, his first back in Boise after a seven-year break. Prince's promotion comes just days after Brent Pease left Boise State to become offensive coordinator at Florida.

Ex-Hawkeye played while under investigation

IOWA CITY, Iowa — Star Iowa running back Marcus Coker played the final five games of the regular season while police were investigating an allegation that he sexually assaulted a woman, authorities acknowledged Wednesday. Weeks after authorities decided not to pursue the case, the 19-year-old sophomore was suspended. And this week, he abruptly left the program. Iowa athletic officials had no immediate comment Wednesday.

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