For the second straight year, a Big 12 quarterback is considered one of the best players in all of college football. Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was named a Heisman finalist after leading Kansas State to an 11-1 (8-1) record and Big 12 championship. During the year, Kansas State reached No. 1 in the BCS standings for the first time in school history and finished ranked No. 5.
This season, Klein has career highs in touchdown passes, quarterback rating, completion percentage and yards per play. Klein finished the regular season of his senior year with 2,490 yards passing, 15 touchdowns to seven interceptions, while completing 180-272 (66.2%) of his passes, for a rating of 156.1. On the ground, Klein has rushed for 890 yards on 194 carries, an average of 4.6 yards, and scored 22 touchdowns.
He will be in New York City this week for the Heisman trophy presentation on Saturday.
Klein is only the second Kansas State football player to finish as a serious Heisman candidate. In 1998, Michael Bishop helped Kansas State reach the it’s only other No. 1 ranking, in the Associated Poll. He finished the year with a school record 2,844 yards passing, 23 touchdowns and four interceptions, including 14 rushing touchdowns. Bishop finished second in voting to Ricky Williams, who broke numerous rushing records.
Other Heisman finalist this season are freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel of the Texas A&M Aggies and Manti Te’O of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.