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Why Collin Klein Is Not Heisman Material


Collin Klein has worked magic this season in The Little Apple. His leadership and athletic ability are superb. Klein’s Wildcats are undefeated through nine games this year. His passing has improved, throwing for 1875 yards with 12 touchdowns and only two picks. His can move the ball on the ground as well. He has 698 yards rushing and has provided Kansas State with 17 touchdowns via his Nike cleats. In total, that is 2573 total yards and 29 scores. At first glance, that looks Heisman worthy.

Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel has had a great Freshman campaign. The Kerrville Texas native has been stellar this season for the Aggies. He has carved up SEC defenses for 2527 yards passing with 16 touchdown passes and six interceptions. His 922 yards  and 14 touchdowns on the ground have helped make the young quarterback known as “Johnny Football.”Stack up all the numbers, and he has 3449 total yards with 30 touchdowns.

Nebraska Quarterback Taylor Martinez has mastered the thrilling comback win. His “Cardiac Cornhuskers” have been led by Martinez on several late game comebacks this season. The Junior quarterback has also improved his passing game to compliment his swift feet. He has amassed 1941 yards with 18 touchdowns and 8 picks. Martinez has rushed for 666 yards with 8 touchdowns in 2012. That totals 2607 yards and 26 touchdowns on the season.

Even with this small of a sample, without bringing in any of Kleins actual Heisman competition, his stats are not that impressive. While he is four interceptions better than Manziel, Klein’s total yards are only 46 yards greater than Manziels PASSING yards. His rushing numbers barely best Taylor Martinez, yet trails greatly in the passing department.

I am not trying to discount Collin Klein or anything he has accomplished this season. I am only trying to put into perspective the numbers. While Klein is a great leader, and very well might play for a national title, he is not a Heisman Trophy winner. The national media has hopped aboard the Klein express, but if his Wildcats lose a game, you won’t hear a word about him until a bowl game. There will be no invite to New York City. He will watch the ceremony on television just like the rest of us. That should say something about his worthiness of any hype right now. If Texas A&M or Nebraska were undefeated right now, their names would be relevant in this conversation.

If you want to give an award to anyone from Kansas State this season, just look at head coach Bill Snyder for coach of the year. As for Klein, maybe a Maxwell Award will do.

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  • Jacob Sensei

    What about yards per play & efficiency? KSU runs a ball- control, time of possession offense. Therefore, Klein’s offense does not run near as many plays as aTm does. I am not sure how the Big Red are running their offense this year, but I assume that they run more plays per game than KSU.

    Without examining yards per play, you cannot compare two players from two different offensive systems.

  • Jacob Sensei

    Quoting Jug of Snyder: “ESPN’s David Ubben threw up a very interesting statistic today on his blog: Oregon’s offense, which has been virtually unstoppable this year, is averaging 6.59 yards per play. PER PLAY!
    That’s the better half of a first down every time they snap the ball.
    No team should be able to put up such a statistic; it’s simply unreal.
    Which helps you understand why so many people think it’s completely
    ridiculous to think K-State deserves to be ranked in front of Oregon.
    Until you consider that the Wildcats are averaging 6.91 yards per play.
    Against a more difficult schedule. For those keeping score, K-State’s
    6.91 > Oregon’s 6.59. So sit down haters – there’s still another
    month of football left to play.”