ORLANDO, Fla. – Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and linebacker Arthur Brown added to their postseason honors Thursday as both were named Walter Camp All-Americans, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show.
Klein and Brown, who were named to the second team, picked up All-American honors from the foundation for the first time in their careers. They became the ninth and 10th Wildcat players to pick up Walter Camp accolades overall, while K-State has had four in the last two years as Tyler Lockett was a first-team kick returner and Nigel Malone was a second-team defensive back last season.
A product of Loveland, Colo., Klein has also been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and league’s coaches in addition to being named the 2012 Johnny Unitas Award winner. While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Brown, a native of Wichita, Kan., has led the Wildcats in tackles this season with 91 – a year after 101 stops – with six tackles for loss, one sack and two interceptions. The Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, Brown’s picks came in consecutive weeks as he ended West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith’s then-NCAA record for consecutive passes without an interception before returning a pick for a score to seal a victory over Texas Tech. With nine tackles against Oregon in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Brown would become the first Wildcat defender since Josh Buhl (2002 and 2003) to tally 100 or more stops in consecutive seasons.
Fifth-ranked Kansas State will take on No. 4 Oregon in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Thursday, January 3, 2013, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The game, which will be televised by ESPN, kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (CT).