"They said they saw this cool video and thought it reminded them of me," the Kansas State quarterback said. "They said they were going to call me the Honey Badger."
LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu is the more famous Honey Badger. Hence, Klein hasn't heard anyone outside the Kansas State team refer to him by that nickname.
"That's fine," he said. "They do call me that sometimes."
That's not the kind of stuff Klein spends his time thinking about. He is careful not to cloud his mind with things that aren't important. He is more concerned with keeping coach Bill Snyder's 16 Goals memorized.
Reporters love to ask him to recite them and he always obliges. Here:
Klein said he's come to understand their importance and that they are not just abstract thoughts.
"Coach Snyder is a special person," Klein said. "No one is going to outwork him. I think the way he works proves to all of us how much he cares for Kansas State and for us as players. What he's done is something special."...
No Help from Vic
Arkansas offensive coordinator Paul Petrino did make a phone call to good friend Vic Koenning after he rejoined his brother at Arkansas. Koenning was on staff with Petrino at Illinois and is a Kansas State product with ties to Snyder.
"I did have some questions for Vic, but he was no help," Petrino said. "I wanted to know about some things Kansas State does, but he told me they aren't running the same defensive scheme at K-State anymore. He said he couldn't help me much."
Petrino said he has always been in "awe" of what K-State's Bill Snyder has done in Manhattan and gotten some insight in the man from Koenning.
"Really, I've been a fan from afar," Petrino said. "I think what I love the most is the way he works and his discipline. He's always done it the right way. Everyone in the profession knows that. Some talk about it. He does what he says."...
All in the Wrist
Paul Petrino said some of the things Tyler Wilson is able to do with off-balance throws won't work for some quarterbacks because they don't have the ability.
"I'm talking about ability in his wrist," Petrino said. "He can wrong foot a throw and be off balance because his wrist is very strong. You see others try that and they can't sling it like he can. They have to rely on their arm. He's not all arm in his throws. That's wrist power."
Petrino said he knew Wilson would be fine quarterback the first time he saw him on video.
"We had just gotten the job at Arkansas the night before," Petrino said. "There was a stack of video. I was on one side of the room and my brother (head coach Bobby) was on the other side. We had split up a large pile of tapes. I got to about halfway through my stack and found Tyler.
"I told Bob to stop and come over to watch this kid. I had to pass the recruiting test and then I went down to Greenwood the next day.
"The only thing I wanted to check was his height. He was really skinny back then. You could see him make all the throws. He looked tall, but you want to see them in person to know how tall. He was the best looking quarterback in that stack of tape."
All four starting safeties in the Cotton Bowl are former quarterbacks. UA safeties Tramain Thomas and Eric Bennett were both quarterbacks, although not recruited for that position by the Hogs. Tysyn Hartman and Ty Zimmerman, the K-State safeties were recruited as quarterbacks.
"You can see that they understand what the quarterback is doing," Tyler Wilson said about Hartman and Zimmerman. "That doesn't surprise me that they both played quarterback in high school. I'm sure that helps them."