No. 16 Kansas State vs. Texas - AP Photos - 11/19/11
-2012 All-America and Big 12 Candidate -Manning Award Candidate -Maxwell Award Candidate -Davey O'Brien Award Candidate -Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award Candidate
A tough, veteran leader who was one of the top stories in college football last season... Known for his rushing abilities but has shown progressive improvement in the passing game...Rated the nation's seventh-best quarterback heading into 2012 by Lindy's and named a Preseason All-Big 12 selection by Athlon... A member of the watch list for the 2012 Heisman Trophy by Heismanpundit.com... A three-time team captain.
2011: An Honorable Mention All-American selection by Sports Illustrated... Earned First Team All-Big 12 honors as an all-purpose player by the Associated Press, ESPN.com, Kansas City Star, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and San Antonio Express-News... Earned honorable mention All-Big 12 accolades from the league's coaches and received votes for the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year Award... Was a Second Team Academic All-Big 12 selection... Rushed for a Big 12 record and FBS quarterback record 27 touchdowns... Broke a 42-year school record for rushing touchdowns in a season... Ranked seventh in school history and tops among quarterbacks with 1,141 rushing yards... Ranked second among BCS quarterbacks and fifth in the Big 12 in rushing yards per game... Led the Big 12 with 317 rushing attempts, 67 more than the next highest... His 317 attempts rank first in school history and are the most by a quarterback... Led the Big 12 and was 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... Ended the season throwing for 1,918 yards and 13 touchdowns on 161-of-281 aim... Tossed a game-winning 33-yard touchdown pass with under two minutes remaining against Eastern Kentucky... Carded then-career bests in passing yards (133) and touchdown (2) while rushing 22 times for 93 yards and a touchdown at Miami en route to honorable mention accolades for the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week award... Led K-State to a win over No. 15 Baylor when he completed 13-of-28 passes for 146 yards and two touchdowns, while he rushed 25 times for 113 yards and one score as he became the first Wildcat quarterback since 2004 to rush and pass for over 100 yards in a single game... Rushed for three touchdowns against Missouri... Carded three more rushing touchdowns while running 23 times for 110 yards at Texas Tech... Also threw for 146 yards on 12-of-18 aim against the Red Raiders as he was named a Manning Award Star of the Week... Set a then-career high with four rushing touchdowns at KU, a mark that is tied for third in school history... Also threw for a then-career best 195 yards against the Jayhawks... Had a career day in a close loss at No. 3 Oklahoma State when he set career highs in rushing attempts (29), rushing yards (144), completions (22), pass attempts (38) and passing yards (231)... Came back with a school-record five rushing touchdowns against Texas A&M, while he also set a new K-State single-game mark for rushing attempts by a quarterback with 35... Also set a career high with 281 passing yards en route to Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll honors... Tossed a 68-yard touchdown pass against Iowa State - a career long pass - while rushing 26 times for 86 yards and scoring and throwing for 158 yards... Threw for 173 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 42 yards and his final touchdown of the year in the Cotton Bowl.
2010: A quarterback who earned spot duty early in the year before starting the Texas and Colorado games... A threat in the running game, while his passing skills improved throughout the season... One of just two Big 12 quarterbacks with at least two 100-yard rushing games last season... Led K-State to a win over Texas in his first career start at quarterback after rushing 25 times for 127 yards and two touchdowns... 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 then-career highs in each category... Started his second career game at Colorado, completing a then-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. 2009: Appeared in all 12 games at either wide receiver or on special teams... Earned two starts at wide receiver...Caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown on the season... First career touchdown reception came against Texas A&M, a 16-yarder... Set career highs with two catches each against Iowa State and Texas A&M.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star rated prospect by Rivals.com... Also tabbed as the seventh-best prospect in the state of Colorado by Scout.com... Earned first team honors for Loveland in the Northern Conference in 2007 after completing 116-of-176 passes (65.9 percent) for 1,398 yards and 12 touchdowns... Also named to the PrepStar All-Region team... Rushed for 745 yards and 10 touchdowns... Had 1,457 passing yards with 15 touchdowns in 2006... Also contributed 403 yards rushing and five scores... 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.
PERSONAL: Collin Klein was born Sept.19, 1989... Son of Kelly and Doug Klein... Younger brother, Kyle, is a freshman wide receiver at K-State... Hobbies include singing, playing the piano, violin and mandolin... Married to the former Shalin Spani, daughter of K-State and Kansas City Chiefs Hall of Famer Gary Spani, this past summer... Has graduated with a degree in finance.