Oct. 18, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein has been named one of 10 finalists among FBS programs for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Thursday.
Klein is the first Wildcat to be named a finalist for the award, which highlights NCAA Division I FBS seniors that have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Klein, who was also named to the AFCA Good Works Team in September, has been active in volunteerism in the Manhattan community since his true freshman season of 2008. A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Klein has regularly visited local retirement centers, been active in Read to Achieve in which he has helped out at elementary schools, taken part in Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and been a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at K-State.
In addition, Klein has been active in local church group activities as he has served as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and been the keynote speaker at multiple Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Christian Meetings.
On the field, the Loveland, Colo., product has guided the Wildcats to a 6-0 start and a No. 4 ranking in the initial BCS standings. Klein has thrown for 1,074 yards and seven touchdowns on 79-of-118 aim, while he has rushed for 10 scores and 510 yards on 98 carries. The signal caller, who has 43 career rushing touchdowns, is two away of tying Darren Sproles’ K-State career record and one away from tying the FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in consecutive seasons (38). Additionally, Klein is one of just two BCS quarterbacks with at least 10 rushing and seven passing touchdowns this season.
Other finalists for the award include Ryan Aplin (Arkansas State), Johnthan Banks (Mississippi State), Matt Barkley (USC), Duron Harmon (Rutgers), Barrett Jones (Alabama), Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Sean Renfree (Duke), Adam Replogle (Indiana) and Manti Te’o (Notre Dame).
Finalists for the award were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select a winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website – www.seniorclassaward.com – through December 3. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ vote to determine the winner, which will be announced during the 2012-13 bowl season.
Third-ranked Kansas State will travel to Morgantown, W.Va., this Saturday to take on No. 15 West Virginia in FOX’s College Football Game of the Week. Kickoff from Milan Puskar Stadium is set for 6:05 p.m. (CT), and the game can be heard on the K-State Sports Network, SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 137 and XM channel 195.