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Collin Klein, QB

School: Kansas State  |  Conference: BIG12
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Loveland, CO
Height/Weight: 6-5 / 226 lbs.
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02/22/2013 - For the second-straight year, Collin Klein had more than 3,000 total yards as Kansas State's quarterback. But he's primarily a runner (he had more than 500 rushing attempts the past two years), and that's not something the NFL covets. But despite an eventual switch to a different position being in the cards, Klein has no intentions of swapping positions now, and he said Friday at the 2013 NFL Combine that he will "pursue every door" to try to remain a quarterback. "Until every one one of those (doors) are closed, I'm not considering anything else," Klein said.

Klein's got experience at wideout, tight end and can obviously run the ball. As a quarterback, there are questions about his ability to make every throw (or even almost every throw) at the NFL level. But Klein believes he has "the tools" to succeed despite the folks who doubt him.

"That's my heart, I know I have the tools to do that," Klein said. "I know I'll bring a lot to the team at that position." We're seeing a similar situation unfold in the NFL right now as Tim Tebow faces an offseason where he could very well struggle to find work. Klein's obviously different because he doesn't bring some of the off-field baggage that accompanies Tebow wherever he goes. But he does have similar on-field problems, and it's going to create an interesting -- and potentially difficult -- marketplace for him if he remains as a quarterback going forward. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

01/19/2013 - Collin Klein hoped to use the East-West Shrine Game as his first opportunity to prove he has the ability to play quarterback on the NFL level. The Heisman Trophy finalist and Kansas State star left the field with only more questions surrounding his game, though, and just a handful of months to provide potential suitors with the answers they're seeking. Klein struggled in his first all-star game NFL audition, completing just 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards and an interception as his West team fell to the East 28-13 on Saturday.

Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and an interception in the second half to lead a West team that came away with four total turnovers on the day. Klein acknowledged he didn't have the kind of day he wanted, but said his confidence isn't shaken moving forward.

"I felt pretty good. We were a little rough, made a lot of mistakes and penalties that kept getting us in bad down-and-distances," Klein said. "But I think I got better and I learned a lot this week. We're moving on." Klein brushed off questions throughout the week about his unorthodox throwing motion and was adamant that he had no intention of switching positions at the next level despite his ability to run the ball. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket throwing to unfamiliar receivers Saturday, but said it was good training for the future. - AP Sports

01/15/2013 - EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: Kansas State quarterback Colin Klein had a shaky second day of practice and hasn't looked overly impressive in passing drills so far this week. His biggest issue thus far hasn't been his delivery or accuracy (although both need work), but rather his anticipation and timing. A learning curve is expected in an all-star environment like this because the quarterbacks are largely unfamiliar with the receivers, but Klein hasn't shown much improvement from Day 1 to Day 2.

At one point, the coaches pulled Klein aside to talk with him about his timing because too often the wide receiver was at the top of his route and looking for the ball before the ball left Klein's hand. He looked much more comfortable throwing to targets who were out of their breaks and facing him, but this caused the receiver to be waiting for the ball, a play that would have easily been broken up if defenders were part of the drill.

So far on the East squad, Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech) and Nathan Stanley (Southeastern Louisiana) have out-performed Klein in several areas. The former Kansas State quarterback knows the routes that are being called, but needs to improve his anticipation and decisiveness with his delivery to show scouts he has what it takes to stay at quarterback in the NFL. Maybe with some more reps with this group of receivers, he will start to improve, but it's worth watching the rest of the week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

01/09/2013 - Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and defensive back Nigel Malone have been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, the organization announced. The selections mark the 48th and 49th in school history for the annual game, which will be held this year on January 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning at 3 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network. Kansas State players have earned 30 East-West Shrine Game selections since 1993, including current NFL players Jeromey Clary (2005), Jeron Mastrud (2009) and Tysyn Hartman (2011).

The 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Klein finished his K-State career with a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback to tie the school record. He led the Wildcats to their third conference championship in school history and the first since 2003 as Kansas State finished the regular season 11-1 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play. Klein finished out his senior campaign with 920 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, a mark that is second in school history to his 27 scores in 2011. He also greatly improved his passing as he went 197-of-304 for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished with the second-best completion percentage in school history at 64.8. - Kansas State football

01/03/2013 - "They are a really good football team," he said. "Very sound and very well-coached. They don't make a lot of mistakes. They have a lot of playmakers and it starts with the quarterback, everything revolves around him." Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has thrown for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and run for 890 yards and 22 scores. Klein is the fourth straight dual-threat quarterback Oregon has faced in bowl games. The Ducks played Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor in the 2010 Rose Bowl, Cam Newton of Auburn in the 2011 BCS National Championship game, and Russell Wilson of Wisconsin in last year's Rose Bowl. "The ability he has to run and his size is almost like Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor type of guys," Kelly said. "You may have a great scheme and a guy unblocked, and he may run them over. He is different than the quarterbacks in our league."

Kelly was particularly impressed with Klein's ability to run. "He has great instincts like a running back," Kelly said. "He is a patient runner who sets up his blocks well. You have to gang tackle him." - The Sports Xchange

01/03/2013 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Collin Klein does not look like a difference-maker. His delivery passing the ball is unorthodox and at 6-5, 226 pounds, he does not look altogether swift. Yet he usually finds ways to move the chains, whether it's spotting a receiver with a perfect strike or beating defenders to the first-down marker. Klein has accounted for 84 touchdowns in his career. His efficiency enabled the Wildcats to get through the season with only 10 turnovers. - The Sports Xchange

12/16/2012 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Quarterback - Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State... While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football

12/16/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 6-5 226 Sr., Loveland, CO...A product of Loveland, Colo., Klein has also been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and league's coaches in addition to being named the 2012 Johnny Unitas Award winner. While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football

12/14/2012 - Collin Klein was good enough to led Kansas State to its third-ever Big 12 title and first in nearly a decade. He was good enough to be named the Johnny Unitas Award winner for being the nation's top fourth-year quarterback. And he was good enough to be one of three players invited to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. But apparently Klein isn't good enough to earn a spot in the next Senior Bowl.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Klein will not be invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl, according to a "league source". Among the quarterbacks that have already accepted Senior Bowl invites are Arkansas' Tyler Wilson, NC State's Mike Glennon and Florida State's E.J. Manuel. "The reason the Senior Bowl is expected to pass on Klein are some of the same reasons he is not expected to be a high draft pick," Schefter wrote. "Scouts are concerned about his throwing motion and passing abilities, even though he was good enough to elevate an entire football program and enable it to compete for a national championship.

The reason the Senior Bowl is expected to pass on Klein are some of the same reasons he is not expected to be a high draft pick. Scouts are concerned about his throwing motion and passing abilities, even though he was good enough to elevate an entire football program and enable it to compete for a national championship. Other quarterbacks have impressed NFL scouts more, sources say, and they will be the ones invited to Mobile, Ala., next month. Klein will have to focus on getting ready for the combine." - Christian Corona, The Dallas Morning News

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): Quarterback: Collin Klein, Kansas State, 6-5, 226, Sr., Loveland, Colo., has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football

12/09/2012 - 2012 ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, Sr., Loveland, Colo./Loveland, has been selected First Team All-Big 12 Conference (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football

12/08/2012 - 2012 HEISMAN TROPHY FINALIST: According to NFLDraftScout.com, "If you combined Tim Tebow and Ryan Tannehill, the result might be something similar to Klein, a former wide receiver who is basically a tailback in the Wildcat's zone-read offense...Klein's ability as a passer isn't NFL quality right now, but he is the type of player who puts his teammates on his back and wills his team to victory. While it is doubtful that he will be a first round pick like the aforementioned Tebow and Tannehill, Klein will have a pro future in some capacity."

Klein guided the Wildcats to their 10th 10-win season in school history and a 7-1 mark in Big 12 play. He accounted for 34 touchdowns to rank 11th in the nation on touchdowns accounted for and tops among quarterbacks with 20 rushing scores. He is the only quarterback from a BCS school to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 touchdowns in multiple seasons.

In 11 games, Klein completed 172-of-258 passes for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns while totaling 787 rushing yards on 171 attempts. He ranks 10th in school history in passing yardage and touchdowns, while he is tied for eighth in completions. His season pass efficiency rating of 155.00 ranks third in school history. - The Sports Xchange

12/06/2012 - 2012 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (MEDIA): Collin Klein, Kansas State...With his outstanding senior campaign, Klein has put together one of the best careers in K-State history as both a passer and a runner, ranking in the top 10 in school history in rushing touchdowns (1st; 53), touchdown responsibility (1st; 81), scoring (2nd; 324), total yards (3rd; 6,741), passing efficiency (3rd; 140.16), rushing attempts (3rd; 565), rushing yards (5th; 2,352), completions (5th, 345), passing touchdowns (7th; 28), passing yards (8th; 4,389) and pass attempts (9th; 558). - Kansas State football

12/06/2012 - 2012 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Collin Klein, Kansas State, QB, Sr, Loveland, Colo.,...Klein has guided the Wildcats to their 10th 10-win season in school history and a 7-1 mark in Big 12 play. The quarterback has accounted for 34 touchdowns to rank 11th nationally in touchdown responsibility, while he is third and tops among quarterbacks with 20 rushing scores. He is the only quarterback from a BCS?AQ school in the BCS?era to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 touchdowns in multiple seasons.

In 11 games, Klein has completed 172-of-258 passes for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns while totaling 787 rushing yards on 171 attempts. He ranks 10th in school history in passing yardage and touchdowns, while he is tied for eighth in completions. Additionally, his current season pass efficiency rating of 155.00 ranks third in school history, while he is tied for second in rushing touchdowns behind his school-record 27 scores last season. - Kansas State football

12/03/2012 - 2012 HEISMAN TROPHY AWARD FINALIST: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o were named the three finalists for the 2012 Heisman Trophy in an announcement made Monday. Those three players have been invited to New York to be on hand for the 78th annual Heisman Trophy presentation on Saturday at the Downtown Athletic Club. The number of finalists varies from year to year, although in recent years, more than three usually have been invited to the presentation ceremony. Klein has led the Wildcats to an 11-1 season, a share of the Big 12 title and a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. Also a dual-threat quarterback, Klein has amassed 3,380 total yards and 37 touchdowns. - The Sports Xchange

12/03/2012 - 2012 JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD WINNER: Kansas State's Collin Klein is the winner of the 2012 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. Named after the man many refer to as the greatest quarterback ever to play football, The Golden Arm Award will be presented this Friday, December 7, at a ceremony held from 6-9 pm at The Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, 550 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland.

"Collin is not just a tremendous athlete and leader on the field, but an MVP off the field as well, who repeatedly has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the community," says John C. Unitas, Jr., President of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation. The Golden Arm Award is presented annually by the Foundation and Transamerica, a leading provider of innovative business and personal financial services.

As a player who will go down as one of the best in K-State history as both a passer and runner, Klein ranks in the top 10 in school history in rushing touchdowns (1st; 55), touchdown responsibility (1st; 84), scoring (2nd; 336), total yards (3rd; 7,028), passing efficiency (3rd; 141.05), rushing attempts (3rd; 588), rushing yards (5th; 2,455), completions (5th, 353), passing touchdowns (6th; 29), passing yards (7th; 4,573) and pass attempts (8th; 572). His 55 rushing touchdowns also rank fourth in Big 12 history and second among quarterbacks.

Former winners of the Golden Arm Award include Peyton Manning (Tennessee, 1997), Eli Manning (Ole Miss, 2003), Matt Ryan (Boston College, 2007), and Andrew Luck (Stanford, 2011). - Unitas Golden Arm Foundation

12/01/2012 - Collin Klein threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores and No. 7 Kansas State beat No. 23 Texas 42-24 on Saturday night for its third conference title in 117 years and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl. The Wildcats had never played for a conference championship in their last game at home, and had never had a player end the regular season in such close contention for the Heisman Trophy as Klein.

Neither of his main competitors, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel nor Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o, played this weekend. So Klein, a multitalented senior, had the stage all to himself, one last chance to burnish his credentials for what would be Kansas State's first Heisman. In front of their sixth sellout in seven home games, the Wildcats (11-1, 8-1 Big 12) tied their team record for victories in a season and matched Oklahoma's Big 12 record. - AP Sports

11/29/2012 - 2012 MANNING AWARD FINALIST: Collin Klein (Kansas State)...Klein has guided the Wildcats to their 10th 10-win season in school history and a 7-1 mark in Big 12 play. The quarterback has accounted for 34 touchdowns to rank 11th nationally in touchdown responsibility, while he is third and tops among quarterbacks with 20 rushing scores. He is the only quarterback from a BCS?AQ school in the BCS?era to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 touchdowns in multiple seasons.

In 11 games, Klein has completed 172-of-258 passes for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns while totaling 787 rushing yards on 171 attempts. He ranks 10th in school history in passing yardage and touchdowns, while he is tied for eighth in completions. Additionally, his current season pass efficiency rating of 155.00 ranks third in school history, while he is tied for second in rushing touchdowns behind his school-record 27 scores last season. - Kansas State football

11/28/2012 - 2012 WALTER CAMP PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALIST: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein...Klein has led the Wildcats to a 10-1 record entering Saturday's regular-season finale versus Texas... Klein has passed for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns, completing 172-of-258 passes... He has thrown for 200 or more yards in a game six times... A dual threat, Klein has rushed for 787 more yards and 20 touchdowns.... He has rushed for two or more touchdowns in a game six times this season. - The Walter Camp Foundation

11/21/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD FINALIST (COLLEGE PLAYER OF THE YEAR): Collin Klein (Kansas State)...With his stellar senior campaign, Klein has put together one of the best careers in K-State history as both a passer and a runner. He ranks in the top 10 in school history in rushing touchdowns (1st; 53), touchdowns responsible for (1st; 81), scoring (2nd; 324), total yards (3rd; 6,741), passing efficiency (3rd; 140.16), rushing attempts (3rd; 565), rushing yards (5th; 2,352), completions (5th, 345), passing touchdowns (7th; 28), passing yards (8th; 4,389) and pass attempts (9th; 558). - Kansas State football

11/21/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD FINALIST (NATION'S BEST QUARTERBACK): Collin Klein (Kansas State)...Klein is in the midst of one of the best seasons in K-State history as he has guided the Wildcats to a 10-1 overall record and a 7-1 mark in Big 12 play. The quarterback has accounted for 34 touchdowns this season to rank 10th nationally in touchdown responsibility, while he is tied for second nationally and leads all quarterbacks with 20 rushing touchdowns. He is the only quarterback from a BCS?AQ school in the BCS?era to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 touchdowns in multiple seasons.

In 11 games, Klein has thrown for 2,306 yards and 14 touchdowns on 172-of-258 passing, while he has totaled 787 rushing yards on 171 attempts. He ranks 10th in school history in passing yardage and touchdowns, while he is tied for eighth in completions. Additionally, his current season pass efficiency rating of 155.00 ranks third in school history. Klein is also tied for second in school history in rushing touchdowns behind his school-record 27 scores last season. - Kansas State football

11/18/2012 - QB Collin Klein set career bests for attempts (50) and completions (27) while throwing for 286 yards and two touchdowns attempting to rally the Wildcats. He also rushed for a TD yet was halted at the goal line on another opportunity and threw three interceptions.

11/10/2012 - The nation's No. 2 ranked Kansas State Wildcats answered upset alert calls with a convincing 23-10 victory over the TCU Horned Frogs in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday night. Senior quarterback and Heisman front runner Collin Klein led the Wildcats (10-0, 6-0 Big 12) with 145 yards passing and 50 yards on the ground a week after suffering a concussion against Oklahoma State. The Horned Frogs (6-4, 3-4) did little to respond to Klein's attack despite forcing the Wildcats into five first-half punts. Complementing Klein, the Kansas State defense held the TCU offense scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. The Frogs were able to obtain just 279 total yards and turned the ball over two times. With Alabama's loss to Texas A&M earlier in the day, Kansas State also finds itself on the inside track toward the BCS national championship game and likely the No. 1 position in the new BCS rankings set to release on Sunday. The position would be the first time that the Wildcats have been at the top of the BCS since its conception. Klein answered questions about his health after throwing an interception on Kansas State's opening drive. Klein found Chris Harper on the first play of its second drive for a 62-yard completion and then completed the drive five plays later on a seven-yard run for the opening score. - The Sports Xchange

11/10/2012 - Collin Klein and third-ranked Kansas State bolstered their chances in the national championship chase by doing what Alabama failed to do. The Wildcats beat one of the newcomers in their conference. Klein, the Heisman Trophy hopeful starting a week after an apparent head injury, ran for two touchdowns for No. 2 Kansas State in a 23-10 victory Saturday night at TCU, which is in its first season in the Big 12. Only a few minutes after Kansas State's game started, and a rare Klein turnover, SEC newcomer and former Big 12 team Texas A&M finished off its 29-24 victory at Alabama, the No. 1 team in the BCS standings and AP poll. That set up the Wildcats (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) to likely take over the top spot when the new BCS rankings come out Sunday night. Kansas State, 10-0 for only the second time under coach Bill Snyder, was already No. 2 in the BCS standings, one spot ahead of Oregon. The Ducks, No. 2 in the AP poll, played California later Saturday night. - AP Sports

11/10/2012 - Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is back on the field. Klein, one of the top Heisman Trophy candidates, started Saturday night for the third-ranked Wildcats at TCU. Klein sustained an apparent head injury in the third quarter of last Saturday's 44-30 victory against Oklahoma State. He didn't take another snap after scoring his 50th career rushing touchdown. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder had said little about Klein's situation all week, other than expressing hope that the senior quarterback would play. Going into Saturday night, Klein had thrown for 1,875 yards and 12 touchdowns with 698 yards rushing and 17 scores. - AP Sports

11/06/2012 - On a day when you're likely to see a lot of poll results, this one might be the least controversial. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein sits atop the Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll for the third consecutive week and remains the strong favorite to win the 78th Heisman Trophy. Klein received nine out of 11 first-place votes from the weekly panel of Heisman voters. His 28 total points was down slightly from his 31-point total the last couple of weeks but still well ahead of running back Kenjon Barner of Oregon (13 points, one first-place vote), who jumped from seventh place into second after rushing for 321 yards and five touchdowns against USC. Klein continue to impress voters. He passed for 245 yards and rushed for 64 against Oklahoma State before leaving with an undisclosed injury. "Klein is still in the driver's seat, assuming he isn't hurt," said one voter. Barner and USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (10 points, one first-place vote) are starting to make strong impressions with the voters, however. "Lee is the best player in America," said one voter. Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron placed fourth in the poll with six points, while Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o tied for fifth with four points each. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com

11/06/2012 - The status of Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein for Saturday's game against TCU remains uncertain on Monday as a result of an injury sustained in Saturday's victory over Oklahoma State. Klein was knocked out of Saturday's game with what appeared to be a head injury, although Kansas State has not confirmed whether Klein sustained a concussion. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said on a conference call on Monday that Klein "seems fine to me." Asked whether Klein will play on Saturday, Snyder said, "I hope so." Kansas State is No. 2 in this week's BCS standings. Klein leads the nation in pass efficiency and appears to be the Heisman Trophy favorite at the moment. Klein left Saturday's game after his 1-yard touchdown run gave the Wildcats a 38-17 lead with 9:41 remaining in the third quarter. It appeared he was shaken up on the previous play when he took a hard hit. Reserve quarterback Daniel Sams played the rest of the way. Klein never left the field for the locker room during the game, and spent the fourth quarter on the sideline. Klein did not speak to reporters after the game, and it's unknown whether he underwent any testing for a concussion. Klein's mother, Kelly, told ESPN's Joe Schad that she saw her son on Sunday, and she said "he looks great and he feels great." She said her son is "going to be 100 percent this week. He will begin a normal film review and normal practice week." However, Yahoo! Sports reported Klein was being evaluated for a concussion because he could not recall the details of his final drive, and could not recall that he had scored. - The Sports Xchange

10/23/2012 - Week 8 Rewind: Klein was spectacular, lofting several intermediate and deep passes into the waiting hands of his receivers and, of course, running around, past and simply through WVU defenders at will. Klein's second touchdown of the game was a perfect example of why scouts will struggle with projecting him to the next level. Nursing a 31-7 lead, Klein made one of his only poor decisions with the football, forcing it between two WVU defenders on a post to receiver Chris Harper. Klein's trademark elongated delivery gave the Mountaineers time to defend the throw. Frankly, the pass should have been an easy deflection -- or perhaps even intercepted. West Virginia's defenders didn't locate the ball, however, and it was so accurate that the pass may have stuck in Harper's face mask had he not caught it. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/23/2012 - Week 8 Rewind: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein entered Saturday's showdown against West Virginia viewed by many as the potential Heisman front-runner. He was not, however, highly regarded by NFL scouts as a quarterback prospect despite the fact that he possesses many of the tangible and intangible traits talent evaluators typically look for at the position. While he possesses excellent size at 6-5, 226 pounds, very good mobility, at least moderate arm strength and has improved his accuracy to all levels of the field throughout his career, Klein was largely viewed as a system quarterback who would struggle acclimating to a more traditional pro-style attack. After slicing through the Mountaineers' defense Saturday night, however, Klein may have forced scouts to take a second, longer look. Considering West Virginia's inability to slow anyone down defensively this season, one must take the poise and accuracy Klein demonstrated with more than just a grain (perhaps a bucket) of salt. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

10/22/2012 - No. 4 Kansas State clearly established itself as the team to beat in the Big 12 as it came into West Virginia's Milan Puskar Stadium and completely dismantled the No. 13 Mountaineers, 55-14, Saturday night before 61,101. The head-to-head showdown between Heisman Trophy candidates Collin Klein of Kansas State and Geno Smith of West Virginia was equally one-sided as Klein dominated the game, scoring four touchdowns rushing while completing an incredible 19 of 21 passes for 323 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for 41 yards on 12 carries, four of them TDs. Smith struggled throughout, completing 21 of 32 passes for 143 yards while seeing his streak of consecutive passes without an interception end at 327 on his first throw of the second half, when linebacker Arthur Brown picked off a tipped pass. The loss was West Virginia's worst in this stadium that opened in 1980 since Miami came in and beat them 58-14 in 1986. Kansas State now stands at 7-0 and 4-0 in the Big 12 with victories over Oklahoma and West Virginia. WVU fell to 5-2 and 2-2 in the conference. - The Sports Xchange

10/22/2012 - With an impressive win at West Virginia last weekend, Kansas State maintained its hold on first place in the Big 12 and made another statement that it's a serious national title contender. By jumping over Alabama into the top spot of the UPS Team Performance Index, the Wildcats may have added even more credibility to that claim. Kansas State again proved to be the class of the conference - and, perhaps, the country - as quarterback Collin Klein emerged as Heisman front-runner with an emphatic 55-14 victory over the Mountaineers. The team's overall performance was enough to swap the Wildcats and Crimson Tide at 1-2 in the index. Using an advanced proprietary formula featuring offensive yards per play, defensive yards allowed per play, various special teams statistics and a microindex of miscues that rewards disciplined teams, UPS has teamed with STATS LLC to normalize those numbers across 120 FBS schools. From there, balance is measured for all of a team's individual units, with the final index weighted toward excellence in those areas and overall winning percentage. Kansas State, ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25, scored on its first eight possessions - including seven straight touchdowns - to build a 52-7 third-quarter advantage and send fans in Morgantown scurrying for the exits. Klein was 19 of 21 for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns through the air - but that was only half the story. He also ran for four scores, giving him 24 total TDs on the year. - AP Sports

10/22/2012 - Collin Klein's running ability was a known commodity entering this season. The Kansas State quarterback showed once again in Saturday's 55-14 win over West Virginia that he also has evolved into one of the top passers in the country. Klein, in a head-to-head matchup with Mountaineers Heisman Trophy hopeful Geno Smith, was 19 of 21 passing for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns in the win. The unheralded senior was 77th in the country last season with a passing efficiency rating of 125.6. He completed 57.3 percent of his passes and threw just 13 touchdowns along with six interceptions. Following Saturday's performance, which boosted Klein's Heisman chances, he's now second in the country behind Alabama's A.J. McCarron with a passing efficiency rating of 175.8. He's thrown 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions this season while completing 70.5 percent of his passes. Klein had plenty of help against West Virginia. That included a 194-yard receiving effort from sophomore Tyler Lockett, whose performance was the best in the country last week. The spotlight, however, was squarely on Klein's shoulders - and his right arm. Klein's emergence as a legitimate passing threat this season hasn't come at the expense of his running game. In fact, it's done nothing but enhance his ground game. Klein had four rushing touchdowns Saturday, bringing his season total to 14. He's now rushed for 551 yards on 110 carries this season for an average of five yards per carry. That's an improvement from the 3.6 yards per carry he averaged last season - when he finished with 1,141 yards on the ground. - AP Sports

10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 WALTER CAMP NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Collin Klein, Kansas State, Senior, Quarterback, Loveland, CO/Loveland...Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein accounted for seven touchdowns (4 rushing, 3 passing) as the 4th-ranked Wildcats defeated 17th-ranked West Virginia, 55-14. Klein completed 19-of-21 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns and added 41 rushing yards and four scores. With the win, Kansas State improved to 7-0, 4-0 in the Big 12. - The Walter Camp Football Foundation

10/22/2012 - Collin Klein picked a fine time to have his best day. The Kansas State senior quarterback threw for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns on 19 of 21 passing and punched in another four scores on the ground to lead the No. 4 Wildcats to a 55-14 pasting of No. 13 West Virginia. The matchup in Morgantown was a chance for Heisman voters to compare Klein with Geno Smith, the Heisman front-runner coming into the weekend. What they saw out of Klein was a performance reminiscent of past winners like Tim Tebow and Cameron Newton, while Smith and the Mountaineers offense was impotent against the stingy K-State defense. Things couldn't have gone better against a ranked foe on prime-time national television. So where does the Heisman race stand after tonight? It's now Klein's to lose. While he doesn't have the advantage of playing for a traditional Heisman power, he has captured the imagination of the college football world by leading K-State into national title contention. He's done it without a star-studded supporting cast and by virtue of a unique style that combines linebacker toughness with Patton-like leadership, plus an ever-improving throwing touch. Klein won't win the trophy with his numbers alone. His Heisman chances will depend more on his team's success than his individual production, although his game against WVU helped him approach the threshold of Heisman worthiness. Through seven games, he has 1,402 passing yards, 10 touchdowns and just two interceptions while rushing for 565 yards and 14 scores. This puts him on pace to have 2,400 passing yards and 17 touchdown passes plus 960 rushing yards and 24 touchdown rushes by the time the Heisman vote is due. - Chris Huston, CBSSports.com/Heisman Pundit

10/22/2012 - WEEK 8 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Collin Klein, K-State, QB, Sr, Loveland, Colo.,...Collin Klein accounted for seven touchdowns and completed 19-of-21 passes for a career-high 323 yards (266.82 rating) to lead the Wildcats to a 55-14 win over West Virginia. It was K-State's school-record fourth straight road win over a ranked opponent. With his four rushing touchdowns against WVU, Klein set the NCAA FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in two consecutive seasons with 41. His 47 career rushing touchdowns are a K-State record, surpassing Darren Sproles' 45. The senior has thrown for 1,397 yards and 10 touchdowns while rushing for 551 yards and 14 scores on the year. Klein was also named the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week. - Big 12 football

10/22/2012 - The final touchdown pass drew only a slight first pump from Collin Klein. It was still the third quarter, but Milan-Puskar Stadium was half-empty. Most of the West Virginia fans had seen enough of a game that had turned into a Heisman campaign ad for the Kansas State quarterback. Klein threw for a career-high 323 yards and three touchdowns and ran for four scores as No. 4 Kansas State got little resistance from No. 17 West Virginia in a 55-14 victory Saturday night. The Wildcats (7-0, 4-0 Big 12) made it look easy. Klein completed 19 of 21 passes and added 41 yards rushing. "I think we all felt comfortable tonight," he said. "The coaches did a great job of building a game plan and putting us in positions to succeed." No doubt. The Wildcats scored on their first eight possessions, including seven straight touchdowns. "He doesn't do anything wrong," West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said of Klein. "He's hard to tackle. He gets them in good plays. He doesn't turn the ball over. You can say what you want to about the throwing motion, but it goes exactly where he wants it go. He's a good football player." Way too good for West Virginia to stop. It was no surprise the Mountaineers (5-2, 2-2) were awful on defense -- it's been that way all season. For the second straight game, though, Geno Smith and the offense did nothing to keep it close. - AP Sports

10/13/2012 - Quarterback Collin Klein ran for 105 yards and three touchdowns and sixth-ranked Kansas State held off Iowa State 27-21 for its fifth straight win over the Cyclones. Klein also threw for 187 yards for the Wildcats (6-0, 3-0 Big 12), who remain unbeaten heading into next week's showdown with West Virginia. Kansas State held the Cyclones (4-2, 1-2) to just 231 yards of offense. Iowa State still had a chance for the game-winning drive from its own 3-yard line with 2:17 left, but the Wildcats stopped the Cyclones on downs. The Wildcats held the ball for nearly 41 minutes and converted eight of 17 third downs. Jared Barnett threw for 166 yards and two TDs for Iowa State. Saturday's win was a vintage performance by Klein, who outgained the Cyclones by himself and showed why he's among the nation's best quarterbacks on the run. One play in particular told the story of the day. Facing third-and-long deep in Iowa State territory, Klein hung in a collapsing pocket long enough for the right side of the field to open up. He bounced out of trouble and, with defenders going the other way, darted 12 yards to put Kansas State up 24-14 with 49 seconds left in the third quarter. - AP Sports

10/08/2012 - QB Collin Klein did not have to air the ball out against Kansas once field position swung in the Wildcats' favor following four third-quarter takeaways. He went 7-of-14 passing for 129 yards and two touchdowns, with a nice 34-yard strike over the top to WR Tyler Lockett for one of the scores.

10/06/2012 - Seventh-ranked Kansas State overcame a slow start and an unusual deficiency in time of possession to outscore cross-state rival Kansas, 35-2 in the second half, en route to a 56-16 victory on Saturday. The Wildcats (5-0, 2-0 Big 12) scored on drives of six, four, three, four, one, three, two and six plays, to record their fourth straight victory over the Jayhawks. Kansas (1-4, 0-2) controlled the clock, usually a Kansas State trademark. The Jayhawks held the ball for 36:56, and ran 81 plays to K-State's 51, but it didn't do them much good as K-State averaged better than a point per play. The Wildcats led 21-14 at the break, but they hardly looked like the seventh best team in the country. They were outgained 263 yards to 218. Kansas was the aggressor for most of the first half. The Wildcats showed more purpose in the second half. On Kansas' first series of the half, the Cats forced a three-and-out. Tramaine Thompson returned a 38-yard punt 35 yards back to the Kansas 19-yard line. Four plays later, Collin Klein hit Travis Tannahill with a 2-yard touchdown and the Wildcats led 28-14. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Kansas State at Oklahoma, Sept. 22 -- From 1993-97, Kansas State won five straight against Oklahoma while ending a 22-game losing streak in the series. All those victories came with Bill Snyder as coach. After one of his former assistants, Bob Stoops, landed in Norman as head coach, the tables turned. Stoops is 7-1 against Snyder, with the only defeat coming in the 2003 Big 12 championship game. Not only does Stoops know the Kansas State playbook, he always gets up for playing his former boss. The return of Mike Stoops as the Oklahoma defensive coordinator gives the Sooners two former Kansas State assistants with knowledge of Snyder's tactics. KEYS TO THE GAME: Kansas State was riddled by the quick passes Oklahoma QB Landry Jones fired a year ago out of the Sooners' hurry-up offense. The Wildcats' secondary has not looked all that improved this season, allowing 251 yards on average and a .673 completion rate while snagging just one interception. Getting a good push up front is critical, though the play of the Kansas State defensive line has been spotty. The Wildcats will attempt to even a shortage in talent by relying on QB Collin Klein to manage the game effectively. Klein, however, can only do so much and needs help from his receivers, as well as RB John Hubert. - The Sports Xchange

09/22/2012 - One popular theory about Collin Klein is the Kansas State quarterback is throwing the football more effectively. Yet even his coach, Bill Snyder, who loves to talk about Klein's work ethic and dedication, seems a bit dismayed by the attention he is receiving as a more complete player. "We're at the bottom of the conference in pass offense, so I don't know that we're doing more than what we have," Snyder said. "We would like to retain balance in our offense in a variety of different ways, but so much of that is dictated by defenses." And when defenses use good coverage to squeeze any opportunities that are presented in the passing game, Klein usually resorts to running the football. Although he has not needed to exercise his legs too much during the Wildcats' 3-0 start, Klein has still rushed for 210 yards entering a Sept. 22 showdown at Oklahoma (2-0). His 203-yard passing average ranks ninth among Big 12 quarterbacks. Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops has noticed a few differences about Klein and the confidence he exudes as a passer, though his complete grasp of the Kansas State package is most impressive. "The preparation for them is always complicated," Stoops said. "Coach Snyder has a big playbook, and the way they use the quarterback and all the different ways they run play-action, there's a lot to work on.'' - The Sports Xchange

09/15/2012 - Collin Klein threw for 230 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, Tyler Lockett returned a kickoff 96 yards for another score and No. 15 Kansas State eased past pesky North Texas 35-21 on Saturday night. Tramaine Thompson caught five passes for 102 yards and two scores, and John Hubert added a touchdown on the ground for Kansas State (3-0), which struggled to put away the tougher-than-expected Mean Green in its tuneup for next Saturday's showdown with fifth-ranked Oklahoma. North Texas (1-2) scratched and clawed its way within 14-13 late in the third quarter before Klein and Thompson hooked up for their second touchdown. Hubert and Klein added fourth-quarter scoring runs to finally give Kansas State breathing room. Derek Thompson was 25 of 28 for 208 yards and a late TD pass for the Mean Green, who converted the 2-point conversion to get within two touchdowns with 2:31 remaining in the game. An onside kick was recovered by the Wildcats, allowing them to run out the clock. - AP Sports

09/10/2012 - WEEK 2 BIG 12 OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Collin Klein, K-State, QB, Sr, Loveland, Colo.,...Collin Klein threw for 210 yards and a touchdown on 9-of-11 passing in the Wildcats' 52-13 win over Miami. The senior also rushed for 71 yards and three scores. The three touchdowns marked the 10th time in Klein's career that he has rushed for multiple TDs in the same game. - Big-12 football

09/08/2012 - Kansas State scored early and often, opening a 24-6 halftime lead en route to a 52-13 victory over Miami. The 20th ranked Wildcats made a resounding defensive statement, holding the Hurricanes' running game to just 34 yards on 30 carries. K-State quarterback Collin Klein was efficient and diversified, carrying the ball 22 times for 71 yards and completing 9-of-11 passes for 210 yards. The Wildcats were balanced on offense, passing for 210 yards and rushing for 288. Kansas State sustained a hiccup late in the first half, missing a near-certain touchdown, then allowing Miami to move 70 yards for a field goal at the final gun. But after forcing Miami to punt on its opening second-half possession, the Wildcats moved 71 yards, capped by a Klein 1-yard touchdown dive. The Wildcats, who had not allowed an offensive touchdown this season until 3:51 remained in the fourth quarter, made a big stop late in third quarter. Trailing 31-6, Miami drove to the Kansas State 3-yard line with a third and goal, but a sack by Arthur Brown pushed the Hurricanes back to the 11. Miami quarterback Stephen Morris could only get back to the 3 on a scramble. The Wildcats then ran the next 97 yards on 10 plays for a John Hubert 5-yard touchdown run to seal the victory. The Wildcats tacked on seven more after recovering a fumble on the Miami 15. Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Sams bolted up the middle untouched on the first play. Sams then added an 11-yard run up the middle for a touchdown. Miami's touchdown came after a 77-yard kickoff return by Duke Johnson. Backup quarterback Ryan Williams hit Clive Walford in the back of the end zone. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - Never is it a surprise when Kansas State struggles in its opener. Just a year ago the Wildcats needed a touchdown inside the final two minutes to squeak out a three-point victory against a Championship Subdivision opponent. And sure enough, this year it sputtered against another FCS team, Missouri State, which was picked last in the 10-team Missouri Valley. Finally, the Wildcats erupted. In the final quarter, no less. They scored five touchdowns in that period to win 51-9 before a sellout crowd that grew antsy waiting for the fireworks. "Simply, we played poorly the first half and the second half we played better," Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said. "We wore them down, I guess." Unfortunately for the Wildcats, they were expected to outperform the overmatched Bears from the outset. With most of their skill players returning, the opener figured to be an opportunity for quarterback Collin Klein to exercise his arm. That seemed like the plan from the outset as he completed all five of his attempts on the opening drive for 52 yards, though Kansas State settled for a field goal. Klein finished with 169 yards passing, completing 19 of 28 throws, while adding 54 yards on 13 carries. He remained in the game until late in the fourth quarter, when freshman Daniel Sams finally entered with the outcome decided. - The Sports Xchange

09/05/2012 - THIS WEEK'S GAME: Miami at Kansas State, Sept. 8 -- This series was forged when Ron Prince was coaching at Kansas State and intent on changing the dynamics of non-conference scheduling. The visit last year to Miami was openly questioned by Bill Snyder after he was re-hired to coach the Wildcats, yet his team prevailed 28-24 with a goal-line stand in the final minute. The rematch in Manhattan will be interesting, especially after RB Duke Johnson rushed for 135 yards in his freshman debut to boost Miami to a 41-32 road win at Boston College in its opener. KEYS TO THE GAME: Containing Johnson is an obvious task after he produced two touchdown romps of 50-plus yards in Miami's win at Boston College. The Hurricanes like to play at a fast pace, which makes defensive substitution patterns difficult. The Wildcats could find it easy to counter Miami's attack after the Hurricanes allowed 441 yards passing against Boston College. However, Kansas State coach Bill Snyder wasn't confident that his team could exploit a poor pass defense, noting that "1806 was the last time we threw for 400 yards." PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Collin Klein -- The first game was pedestrian as far as generating much offense through the air. Klein did go 5-for-5 passing on the first series before that bogged down and the Wildcats settled for a field goal. He finished with 169 yards passing against Missouri State. - The Sports Xchange

08/09/2012 - While scouts drool over Klein's speed (a reported 4.6 in the 40-yard dash), frame, strength, smarts and intangibles, they wince at his throwing motion. The book says the windup is a bit funky, the release is a tad slow, and the comfort level on some routes is in question. And yet Klein's teammates just sort of roll their eyes at such critiques. "I think he can throw for 3,000 and rush for 1,000," receiver Chris Harper said. That works. Klein did chuck it 56 times for 480 yards in the spring game, and the summer reports have been encouraging for the most part. With speedster Tyler Lockett back healthy at wideout and tight end Travis Tannahill raising Cain across the middle, Klein will have some salty options at his disposal. Assuming, of course, that he can find them. "I tell everybody, ???I've played more quarterback than what Collin played before last year, and he went out and broke I don't know how many records,'" Harper continued. "I mean, I've stopped trying to limit Collin after last year." Opposing defenses, though, won't share that sentiment. Dixon doesn't share that sentiment. Klein The Passer can run. But if the Wildcats want to return to a January bowl, he sure as heck can't hide. - Sean Keeler, FOX Sports Kansas City

08/04/2012 - 2012 PRESEASON JOHNNY UNITAS GOLDEN ARM AWARD CANDIDATE: Collin Klein, Kansas State...All Klein did in his first season as the Wildcats' starter was throw for more than 1,900 yards and rush for more than 1,100 while leading the team to 10 wins. He accounted for a total of 40 touchdowns, including 27 on the ground, which established a new FBS record for quarterbacks. - The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award

07/20/2012 - 2012 DAVEY O'BRIEN PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Collin Klein, Kansas State, has been selected to the Preseason Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Watch List for the 2012 college football season, presented annually to the nation's best college quarterback by The Davey O'Brien Foundation. Klein picked up his second inclusion on a National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) preseason watch list as he was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list last Monday. His candidacy for the O'Brien Award pushed K-State's preseason total to 10 NCFAA candidates, the second most in school history and one behind the 1998 squad that had 11 players in the running for major college football awards. A native of Loveland, Colo., Klein is one of 34 quarterbacks nationally and five from the Big 12 on the watch list. He is the fourth quarterback in school history to be recognized as a candidate for the award and the first since 1998. Chad May and Matt Miller were finalists in 1994 and 1995, respectively, while Michael Bishop was the 1998 winner. - Kansas State football

07/09/2012 - 2012 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCHLIST: Collin Klein, Kansas State, QB, Sr., has been selected to the preseason Maxwell Award watchlist for the 2012 college football season, given to America's outstanding collegiate football player since 1937 and named in honor of sportswriter Robert W. "Tiny" Maxwell. A native of Loveland, Colo., Klein burst onto the college football scene last year as a junior when he led K-State to a 10-2 regular season record and a berth in the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl. Considered by many the toughest player in college football, Klein rushed for a Big 12 and FBS quarterback record 27 touchdowns last season en route to All-America accolades. He amassed 1,141 rushing yards to rank seventh in school history and first among quarterbacks, while he led the Big 12 with 317 rushing attempts, 67 more than the player in second place. Klein was also efficient in the passing game during the 2011 season as he threw for 1,918 yards and 13 touchdowns on 161-of-281 aim with just six interceptions. - Kansas State football

07/09/2012 - Top-five Kansas State prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. QB Collin Klein (6-5, 225)...If you combined Tim Tebow and Ryan Tannehill, the result might be something similar to Klein, a former wide receiver who is basically a tailback in the Wildcat's zone-read offense. He led the Big 12 in rushes last season with 317, finishing with 67 more carries than the No. 2 rusher in the conference. Klein was a lightly-recruited quarterback out of Colorado and redshirted his first season in Manhattan. He moved to wide receiver as a freshman in 2009 (two starts) and recorded six catches for 38 yards and one touchdown. Klein moved back to quarterback as a sophomore and started two games before taking over as the full-time starter last season. He started all 13 games in 2011 and helped lead the team to 10 wins, recording 40 total touchdowns and 3,059 yards of total offense. Klein is a big athlete with a broad, thick frame to be a powerful north/south runner. He makes smart decisions with the football, working through his progressions while showing the mobility to move well within the pocket. Klein has a funky delivery with a hitch in his cocking motion, causing a longer delivery and inconsistent accuracy on passes downfield. He conveys impressive leadership and toughness on the field with a gamer mentality to play through injuries, but the wear and tear on his body will haunt him down the line (only two players at the FBS level had more carries than Klein last season). Klein's ability as a passer isn't NFL quality right now, but he is the type of player who puts his teammates on his back and wills his team to victory. While extremely doubtful that he will be a first round pick like the aforementioned Tebow and Tannehill, Klein will have a pro future in some capacity. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

04/26/2012 - Travis Tannahill has already noticed some differences in Collin Klein. A year ago, the plucky run-first quarterback of Kansas State was just starting to assume control of the offense. He'd thrown all of 18 passes the previous season, and much like the rest of the Wildcats, nobody really knew what to expect. What happened is that Klein put together one of the best seasons in school history, leading the surprising Wildcats to 10 wins and a berth in the Cotton Bowl. Klein threw for nearly 2,000 yards and 13 touchdowns with six interceptions, but it was on the ground where he really soared. The junior ran for 1,141 yards and 27 touchdowns, setting a Big 12 record for rushing scores and breaking a 42-year-old school record. Imagine how good he could be now that he's comfortably in charge. ''He is a lot better, comfort-wise,'' said Tannahill, Klein's sure-handed tight end. ''He's doing a great job so far. His understanding of the offense has grown since last season, and you can definitely tell he's put in the work during this offseason and the winter.'' Kansas State fans will get an opportunity to see Klein for the first time since a sub-par outing against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl when he takes to the field in Saturday's spring game. ''You can definitely tell he's improved a lot since the Arkansas game,'' Tannahill said. Klein certainly isn't the typical pro-style quarterback. He's not even the typical option-style, run-to-daylight kind of quarterback. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, he's the put-your-head-down and bull forward for yards quarterback, more akin to a fullback. - AP Sports

04/10/2012 - Klein won't take hits during the spring, which is a welcome relief while he heals from lingering aches and pains. "I still feel it here and there, but I'm ready to go," he said. Adding polish as a passer would be the logical progression for Klein after he completed 57 percent of his passes with 13 touchdowns and six interceptions as a junior. Klein said he made tweaks to his mechanics in the offseason to quicken his release, but he isn't targeting improvement in a specific area. "I think I said the same thing last year, and it paid off," Klein said. "It's going to be everything. If your footwork is bad, your arm angle is going to be bad. Everything affects everything else. Every part of the game will be addressed and worked on through the spring." Klein will have a diverse group of targets next season. Receiver Brodrick Smith, a starter before he was suspended last season, isn't listed on the spring roster. But the Wildcats will welcome junior college All-American Marquez Clark to a receiving corps that includes senior Chris Harper, a healthy Tyler Lockett and Collin's younger brother, Kyle, who switched from tight end. "It's awesome," Klein said of his brother's switch. "We obviously work together more than we did. He's working hard and doing really well." - Austin Meek, The Capital-Journal

 
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02/22/2013 - For the second-straight year, Collin Klein had more than 3,000 total yards as Kansas State's quarterback. But he's primarily a runner (he had more than 500 rushing attempts the past two years), and that's not something the NFL covets. But despite an eventual switch to a different position being in the cards, Klein has no intentions of swapping positions now, and he said Friday at the 2013 NFL Combine that he will "pursue every door" to try to remain a quarterback. "Until every one one of those (doors) are closed, I'm not considering anything else," Klein said.

Klein's got experience at wideout, tight end and can obviously run the ball. As a quarterback, there are questions about his ability to make every throw (or even almost every throw) at the NFL level. But Klein believes he has "the tools" to succeed despite the folks who doubt him.

"That's my heart, I know I have the tools to do that," Klein said. "I know I'll bring a lot to the team at that position." We're seeing a similar situation unfold in the NFL right now as Tim Tebow faces an offseason where he could very well struggle to find work. Klein's obviously different because he doesn't bring some of the off-field baggage that accompanies Tebow wherever he goes. But he does have similar on-field problems, and it's going to create an interesting -- and potentially difficult -- marketplace for him if he remains as a quarterback going forward. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com

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