How can Collin Klein become a factor in the Heisman race?

A Heisman candidate is not unlike a pop song. If you want that song to be a hit, it’s got to have a hook.

For Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein to compete for the Heisman, he’ll need one, too.

If the Wildcats were bound for a dream season, things would probably take care of themselves. And maybe they are…who am I to say otherwise? But how does a player from a team not in the national title race make a run at the trophy? Well, he’s usually got to accomplish something that never, or rarely, gets accomplished. Maybe it’s a unique stat, or maybe its an NCAA record, or maybe he helps upset some elite teams in dramatic fashion.

As Heismanpundit Jr. pointed out recently, Klein’s best route to the Heisman might be to become the NCAA’s first 25/25 player, meaning 25 touchdown passes and 25 touchdown rushes. He rushed for 27 touchdowns last season and threw for 13, but I think he has a chance to signficantly improve his passing production this season. He’s off to a good start, with three touchdown passes and three rushing touchdowns in his first two games. It helps that he’s an absolute beast down by the goal line.

If Klein rises to the challenge and gets to 25/25, he’ll be the first Wildcat in 14 years to leave Manhattan for Manhattan in early December.

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5 Responses to How can Collin Klein become a factor in the Heisman race?

  1. Reed September 11, 2012 at 10:50 am #

    I love that CK7 is finally getting the recognition he has earned with his bloody arms and legs that get stronger as a game goes on. I just wanted to remind you that he wouldn’t be the first wildcat to sit in the front row in New York. The original dual-threat king himself Michael Bishop finished 2nd behind Ricky Williams in 1998.

  2. Heismanpundit September 11, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Totally forgot that! Thanks. Correction now made.

    • scatfu September 12, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

      And one of the most knuckle-headed elements of Heisman voting was exposed in 2003 when Darren Sproles was left out in the cold because most if not all of the national media lapdogs turned their ballots in (early) before the conference championship games. Argh. Sproles should have been there, NFL all purpose record holder and jersey up in Canton says hi.

  3. Dave September 11, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    You said Colin Klein could be the first Wildcat to leave Manhattan for Manhattan (by implication, the first KSU player to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy). However, Michael Bishop came in 2nd to Ricky Williams in 1998 and so attended the presentation in New York.


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