The Heisman Case For ... Collin Klein
Posted Nov 20, 2012

Tuesday Question: The Heisman Case For Collin Klein

Yeah, an odd week to be championing Klein, but when last I checked, the Heisman Trophy was not awarded to the most outstanding college football player … in Week 12.

Let's get this out of the way first—Klein was unusually shaky in Waco on Saturday night, but he was also fighting an uphill battle from the opening kickoff that was created by friendly fire. The Wildcats defense was horrific, changing the way K-State likes to operate its offense. When Klein has to throw, it's like forcing one of Paul Johnson's or Ken Niumatolo's quarterbacks to drop back 50 times. It just isn't going to work.

Klein still deserves the Heisman because no one has been better, more consistent or more impactful to his team since opening day. He has the required numbers, 34 touchdowns and 22nd-ranked in passing efficiency, but his candidacy was never about statistics. No, his was about elevating the players around him, and no one does it better. The same Kansas State team that most had as unranked when the season started was No. 1 in the BCS when this past weekend started. And that same Wildcats team, which many had pegged for the middle of the Big 12 standings, will win the conference if it can defeat Texas in Manhattan in two weeks.

Don't kill Collin Klein because his defense didn't bother showing up at Floyd Casey Stadium, forcing him to alter the way he operates the offensive system. He's been the steadfast leader of a team that has obliterated everyone's expectations, and is arguably the most valuable individual player of 2012. Klein's Heisman hopes took a hit in Week 12, but like the player himself, he's capable of bouncing off contact and finishing this drive with a score in New York City.