Klein carries a tune on radio show

By Joel Jellison

The Heisman Trophy attention around Collin Klein just keeps growing.

The Kansas State quarterback joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to talk about his season, the Heisman Trophy and to do a little singing.

Klein and Patrick got into it right off the bat, comparing the “man cave” on the radio show set to the apartment Klein shares with his wife — former K-State women’s basketball player Shalin Spani.

The senior quarterback said he lets his wife do the decorating, taking care of a skill that he said he hasn’t honed yet.

Patrick then got to the important question about the apartment.

Do you have room for a Heisman?

“Whatever the Lord has, I’m just trying to do the best I possibly can for him with what he’s given me, and serve my team,” Klein responded. “Whatever he brings us at the end of the season, I’ll be grateful.”

As Klein prepares for the NFL and his future in football, Patrick asked if he worries about being thought of as a running quarterback or a player with limited passing ability.

“It’s one of those things that, I know I can throw the ball or probably throw it better and more than we did last (season),” Klein said. “It’s all about whatever we’ve got to do to win. Whatever is needed within that game is what we’re going to do.”

Last year, former Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill had such a successful transition from wide receiver to quarterback that he became a first-round draft pick.

Patrick and Klein talked about the benefits for a quarterback in playing wide receiver at some time in their career, and seeing the game from a different perspective.

Patrick asked about the new nickname for Collin Klein, “Optimus Klein,” and pointed out the “Honey Badger,” nickname he had last season was taken.

Klein said he doesn’t pay much attention to the nicknames.

“I don’t even know anymore, I really don’t care as long as they don’t call me late for dinner,” he said. “I’ve seen the (Transformers) movies, I enjoyed them, so of course I knew what the reference was.”

The show then played Klein a clip of USC quarterback Matt Barkley singing a rendition of Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours” during a recent interview. Klein’s musical talent was next.

Patrick asked Klein if he’d rather sing or face the Oklahoma defense again, and Klein joked that the Sooners’ defense was “looking pretty good.”

Asked to sing a song, the unabashedly religious quarterback took a song right out of the Hymnal, singing the four lines of “The Doxology.”

After the performance, Patrick told the K-State QB, “You may have closed the Heisman right there, I don’t know, I think you may have one-upped Barkley.”

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