Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein was one of 15 players nationally named to the “Players to Watch” list for the 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced this week.
Klein was the only player from the Big 12 named to the 15-player list, which will be used to determine the five finalists for the award on Nov. 28.
The 2012 Walter Camp Player of the Year recipient, who is voted on by the Football Bowl Subdivision head coaches and sports information directors, will be presented on Dec. 6, during the 5 p.m. (CST) edition of ESPN SportsCenter.
A native of Loveland, Colo., Klein has guided K-State to a perfect mark through 10 games and the school’s first No. 1 ranking in the BCS.
Klein has accounted for 31 of the Wildcats’ 47 offensive touchdowns this season, including 19 rushing touchdowns to rank third nationally and tops among quarterbacks. He has also passed for 2,020 yards and 12 touchdowns, completing 145-of-208 attempts for a 167.4 passer rating, which leads the Big 12, ranks eighth nationally and is better than the current school mark of 159.6 by Michael Bishop in 1998.
For his career, Klein ranks second nationally among active players with 52 rushing touchdowns, while that mark is fourth in Big 12 history and first in K-State history. With his next rushing touchdown, he will become the first quarterback from a BCS AQ school in the BCS era with 20 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns in multiple seasons.
Top-ranked K-State faces Baylor at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium. The game will be shown to a national audience on ESPN.