Sept. 18, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein is one of 22 student-athletes nationally and 11 from FBS institutions named to the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Good Works Team, Allstate Insurance Company and the AFCA announced today. The award recognizes the positive, off-the-field impact that student-athletes make in their communities.
Klein is the first Wildcat named to the Good Works Team since fullback Victor Mann in 2005. Last season, defensive back Tysyn Hartman was a candidate for the award.
Aside from his work on the field in which he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 season in 2011 and tied the FBS quarterback record with 27 rushing touchdowns, Klein has been heavily involved in volunteerism in the Manhattan community since his arrival in 2008. A member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Klein has regularly visited local retirement centers, been active in Read to Achieve in which he has helped out at elementary schools, has taken part in Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and has been a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at K-State.
Additionally, Klein has been active in local church group activities throughout the Manhattan community as he has served as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and has been the keynote speaker at multiple Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Christian Meetings.
“The AFCA, its Board of Trustees and members are honored to partner with Allstate in announcing another great class of student-athletes for the 2012 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team,” AFCA Executive Director Grant Teaff said. “These 22 student-athletes stand out from hundreds of other college football players who volunteer their time each week to make an impact on their teams and in their community.”
From the nominees submitted by sports information directors across the nation on behalf of their schools, a special voting panel consisting of former Good Works Team members and prominent college football media members select two 11-player Good Works Teams – one comprising of players from the FBS and another representing players from the FCS, Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
No. 13 Kansas State hits the road for the first time in 2012 and opens Big 12 play at No. 5 Oklahoma on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 6:50 p.m., at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla., and will be broadcast nationally as FOX College Football’s Game of the Week.