Klein named Big 12 Athlete of the Year

By The Mercury

Collin Klein was awarded for one of the greatest seasons in Kansas State history Thursday, as the record-setting quarterback was named the Big 12 Athlete of the Year.

Klein ended his career as the only quarterback from a BCS school to rush for at least 20 touchdowns and pass for at least 10 in multiple seasons. He also set the FBS record for rushing touchdowns by a signal-caller in consecutive seasons, a mark that now stands at 50, and had a nation’s-best 18 games with at least one passing and rushing touchdown since the beginning of the 2011 campaign.

The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner was also a finalist for the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year and Manning Award. Klein was named a Second-Team All-American by Walter Camp and the Associated Press, while conference coaches selected him the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team. He established K-State Top 10 marks in 35 career, season or single-game categories, including eight school records.

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