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.
Led the Big 12 and is third nationally (tops among quarterbacks) with 162 points... Also fifth in NCAA in touchdown responsibility... Accounted for three or more touchdowns in eight games, including five games with three or more rushing scores, the most in school history... Recorded 20 or more rushes 12 times, including 11 this season and a career-high 35 totes vs. Texas A&M, the school record by a quarterback... Progressed in the passing game over the final four games of the season as he threw for 188.3 yards per game on 71-of-127 (55.9) with five touchdowns and three interceptions.
His 127 rushing yards were the most by a quarterback in their first career start in school history... Teamed with Daniel Thomas to have two players with 100-yard games for the first time since 2006... Did not start at Missouri, but entered game late in first quarter and rushed 18 times for 141 yards... Also 4-of-6 for 65 yards and one touchdown through the air, setting career highs in each category... Started his second career game at Colorado, completing a career-long 40-yard pass and rushing for two scores.
Had a career-long 51-yard run for a score at Kansas, the longest touchdown run by a Wildcat during the season... Earned playing time against UCLA and Missouri State before seeing his first extensive action of the year vs. Nebraska as he went 2-for-2 through the air for 16 yards and rushed six times for 33 yards... Voted as a team captain... A Second Team Academic All-Big 12 honoree.
Holds school records for completion percentage (66-percent) and all-purpose yards... Named to the Reporter-Herald All-Area basketball team and garnered all-Front Range League honors after scoring 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a junior.
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