Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein throws during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Texas, Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Manhattan, Kan.
Collin Klein Honored Wednesday at State Capitol
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Former K-State quarterback Collin Klein was a guest of Senators Garrett Love and Tom Hawk Wednesday at the state capitol as the record-setting signal caller was honored and recognized by the State Senate, House of Representatives and Governor’s office for his outstanding career as a Wildcat.
Klein capped his Wildcat career with a senior season that will go down as one of the best in school history. The 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy finalist finished his K-State career with a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback to tie the school record and led the Wildcats in 2012 to their third conference championship in school history and the first since 2003.
Klein, who also was the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner, finished out his senior campaign with 920 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, a mark that is second in school history to his 27 scores in 2011. He also greatly improved his passing as he went 197-of-304 for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished with the second-best completion percentage in school history at 64.8.
Predicted to finish sixth in the Big 12 prior to the 2012 season, the Wildcats tallied an 11-2 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in Big 12 play, while winning a school-record six games against ranked opponents in 2012, including its conference-championship clinching victory over No. 18 Texas. Additionally, the Wildcats obtained their first-ever No. 1 ranking the BCS standings following their win at TCU.
Klein was also recognized for his contributions off the field as the Academic All-Big 12 selection was named to the AFCA Good Works Team while also being a finalist for the ARA Sportsmanship Award and Senior CLASS Award.
Following the annual spring game on April 27, the Wildcats will host two-time defending FCS champion North Dakota State August 30 in the 2013 season opener, which also will mark the opening of the new West Stadium Center at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The game will be televised nationally on FOX Sports 1.