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7 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Collin Klein


#7 Collin Klein
Redshirt Junior
6-5 | 226
Loveland, Colo.



Position: Quarterback

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

Collin Klein (b. Sept. 19, 1989) is going to be K-State's starting quarterback in 2011. I know some people still are holding out for a logarithmic improvement by Justin Tuggle, but it's time to come to grips with the inevitable reality.

Klein has taken control of the offense in much the same way Arthur Brown has taken control of the defense. He leads conditioning sessions, he runs 7-on-7 drills, he schedules extra Saturday practices — that's the mark of a leader.

On top of that, he demonstrated a markedly better passing touch and command of the offense in the spring game — certainly better than anything Sammuel Lamur or Tuggle displayed. And we know he can run.

He had K-State's longest touchdown run last season (51 yards against Kansas). He had the most rushing yards (127) in a starting debut by a quarterback in K-State history (against Texas).

And he's the only returning Big 12 quarterback with at least two 100-yard games last year (the other was Taylor Martinez, who's now in the Big Ten). Sounds tailor-made to run Bill Snyder's mobile quarterback offense to me.