K-State’s Klein, Malone to play in East-West Shrine Game

By The Mercury

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and cornerback Nigel Malone have been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, the organization announced Tuesday.

The selections mark the 48th and 49th in school history for the annual game, which will be Jan. 19 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning at 3 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network.

K-State players have earned 30 East-West Shrine Game selections since 1993, including current NFL players Jeromey Clary (2005), Jeron Mastrud (2009) and Tysyn Hartman (2011).

The 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Klein finished his K-State career with a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback to tie the school record.

Klein led the Wildcats to their third conference championship in school history and the first since 2003 as K-State finished the regular season 11-1 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play.

The Loveland, Colo., native finished his senior campaign with 920 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, a mark that is second in school history to his 27 scores in 2011. Klein also completed 197-of-304 passes for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns — finishing with the second-best completion percentage in school history at 64.8.

Malone is a two-time semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s top defensive back and two-time First Team All-Big 12 performer. He tied for team-high honors with five interceptions this year after finishing second in school history with seven picks in 2011.

The Manteca, Calif., product also broke up nine other passes and was one of eight players with 50 or more tackles this season as he finished with 51.

Klein and Malone are the third and fourth Wildcats to earn invitations to postseason all-star games this year, as linebacker Arthur Brown and wide receiver Chris Harper will play in the Senior Bowl (Jan. 26, 3 p.m., NFL Network).

Snyder finalist for Bowden Coach of the Year Award

K-State head coach Bill Snyder has been named one of five finalists for the 2012 Bobby Bowden National Collegiate Coach of The Year Award, the Over The Mountain Touchdown Club announced this week.

Voting for the Bowden Award is done by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and began after Monday’s BCS National Championship game.  Snyder is joined by Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly, Ohio State’s Urban Meyer, Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Kevin Sumlin as finalists for the award.

Presentation of the award will take place in Birmingham, Ala., at the Cahaba Grand Conference Center on March 3. 

Bobby Bowden will present the award to the winner, along with honoring a Lifetime Achievement award winner.


EMU hires ex-K-State football coach Parrish

Eastern Michigan has hired former Kansas State head coach Stan Parrish as its new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Parrish, who was 2-30-1 at K-State from 1986-88, was the head coach at Ball State from 2008-10. Before that, he was an assistant at Ball State in 2005-08. Parrish was offensive coordinator at Michigan in 2000-01 and quarterbacks coach for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2002-03.

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