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.