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81 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Kyle Klein

In which BracketCat counts down the 81st day until kickoff with a profile of wide receiver Kyle Klein.

Will Kyle Klein run into a permanent starting position in 2014?
Will Kyle Klein run into a permanent starting position in 2014?
Brett Deering

#81 Kyle Klein
Redshirt Junior
6-4 | 210
Loveland, Colo.


Position: Wide Receiver

Previous College: None

Projection: Starter

Status: On Scholarship

The only remaining Klein on the Kansas State roster, Kyle Edward Klein (b. Oct. 25, 1991), has experienced quite a bit in his brief college career. With any luck, 2014 can be his breakthrough season as a possession receiver.

A tough player who switched from defensive end to wide receiver prior to his redshirt freshman season, Klein will continue to be a part of the rotation at wide receiver while contributing on special teams.

The younger brother of legendary K-State quarterback Collin Klein grayshirted in 2010, arriving as a defensive end; converted to tight end before the 2011 season even had started; redshirted and then...

...just prior to Cotton Bowl prep, the coaches asked him to change positions again, so now he's a wide receiver.

Very few players endure two position changes in less than a year, especially when they've never actually played a down. But Kyle acquitted himself well in 2012 spring practice and reviews of his abilities were glowing.

That didn't translate into playing time in the fall, though. Lodged deep in a stacked wide receiver corps, Kyle proved unable to beat out Torell Miller for playing time as the "blocking" receiver behind Chris Harper.

However, in 2013, Kyle saw action in nine games, including starts against Oklahoma State, Baylor and Iowa State.

He caught five passes for 59 yards, more than half of which came against the Cowboys when he hauled in three passes for 34 yards. He also caught a season-long 13-yard pass against the Bears and a 12-yarder against TCU.

Although many have slotted in Deante Burton as a starter opposite seniors Tyler Lockett and Curry Sexton, it's worth remembering that despite all his spring hype, Burton redshirted and now still is a freshman who hasn't ever played.

I think Snyder will go with experience over potential for that third starter, at least at the beginning of this season.

A three-year letter-winner at Loveland High School under head coach John Poovey, Kyle was a first-team All-Colorado 4A selection at safety by The Denver Post as a senior and a first-team Academic All-State performer.

He caught 47 passes for 853 yards and 13 touchdowns during his senior campaign, while he collected 113 tackles and five picks on defense. Kyle also earned all-conference honors at tight end and at quarterback as a junior.