Collin Klein has four games remaining to prove that he is the most outstanding college football player of the year. Luckily for him, he probably is.
A week after throwing and running for seven total touchdowns against West Virginia, Klein took Texas Tech to the woodshed, accounting for four more touchdowns in a 55-24 win. Kansas State has now scored 50 points or more in five of its eight games.
Klein’s season stat line is now beginning to match up with his Heisman hype.
Through eight games Klein has thrown for 12 touchdowns, has the third highest completion percentage in the nation (70.9%), the second highest yards per pass attempt (9.9) and the second highest passer rating (175.73, the latter being a strong Heisman indicator). On the ground has has rushed for 16 touchdowns, second most in the nation (by any position). At this rate Klein will end the season with around 2,500 passing yards, 1,000 rushing yards and 42 touchdowns.
Klein’s biggest improvement this season, his passing, has given a balance to Klein’s game that was missing last year. In 2011 Klein rushed for 27 touchdowns but threw for only 13.
Other players will finish with more gaudy numbers (Geno Smith for example) but none will mean as much to their team as Klein. Kansas State has begun sending out Heisman campaign information about Klein and on the front of the packet it says “College Football’s Most Valuable Player“.
With Oklahoma State, TCU, Baylor and Texas to go, Klein has the opportunity to bring Kansas State its first Heisman Trophy and the Big 12 its third Heisman in five years.
Should Klein falter in the final month of the season there will be no shortage of contender to fill his shoes. In no particular order Braxton Miller, AJ McCarron, Manti Te’o and Geno Smith are all waiting in the wings for a chance to swoop in and steal the Heisman right out from under Klein’s nose.
–Maryland will start a converted linebacker at quarterback this week after its four true quarterbacks sustained season ending injuries.
–The backup quarterback for Maryland is the tight end.
–Five undefeated teams lost this weekend, leaving the total number of undefeated teams at six.
–Theoretically all six teams could finish the regular season undefeated.
–Jonathan Franklin is averaging just one touchdown per 173.6 yards rushed.
–The Black Mamba is a beast