Opponent Profile: Collin Klein

Kansas State Quarterback Collin Klein has a lot of talent throwing and running the ball.

The Big 12 Conference has been known for a quality mobile quarterback every once in a while, but have been better known for the gunslinger that can sit in the pocket and pick a defense apart.

Collin Klein, the starting quarterback for undefeated Kansas State, possesses both of these qualities and uses them to his advantage.

Klein's journey to being the starting man for the Wildcats is shares similarities with the path Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill took to his position at the top in Aggieland.

The junior quarterback, after redshirting his first season, started out as a wide receiver playing in all 12 games in 2009 as a wide out or on special teams and started in two games.

In 2010, Klein won the starting quarterback position and ever since then the Loveland, Colorado native has risen to the occasion multiple times.

Klein's first season started well helping lead the team to a 4-1 start before sliding at the end of the season finishing 7-5 making it to the Pinstripe Bowl, but losing 36-34 to Syracuse. Klein was used more as a running quarterback than anything.

This season so far seems to be a redemption season as Klein has led Kansas State to a 5-0 mark to start the season including two huge conference victories.

"He has done well. He has had his ups and downs throughout the course of the year," Kansas State Bill Snyder said in Monday's Press Conference. "He has done all of those things that we have talked about. He has been very competitive. He has shown a tremendous amount of leadership. He has shown a tremendous amount of toughness. Athletically, he has certainly had some success throwing it, and certainly some successes running it. He is a guy who makes it important to enhance his game and become a better player week in and week out."

So far in this season Klein has proven his talent as a scrambler leading the team in rushing yards with 584 on 115 attempts. His longest of the season was a 63-yard dash against then-No. 15 Baylor, which the Wildcats pulled off the 36-35 upset in the end.

Klein has not been a stranger in the endzone either as he leads the team with seven rushing touchdowns, and the Wildcats true running back has just one.

Throwing has not been a problem either going 58-for-101 for 593 yards and six touchdowns averaging 118.6 yards passing per game thus far in the undefeated start.

With another running quarterback, and another option offense staring him right in the face, which has caused problems for the Red Raiders all season, Tech head coach Tommy Tuberville said the Wildcats have the weapons and if the defense is not careful they will hurt you.

"Yeah, you know, he's deceiving, big guy," he said. "He'll run quarterback draws, sweeps, he runs the option play. They've got a couple of running backs or scat backs that are very deceiving.They can find cracks and it's hard to find them.
"Big, huge offensive line, big tight ends, and they'll lull you to sleep, then throw you a post route and the quarterback he'll be on the money."


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