Sept. 20, 2012
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein earned his second off-the-field honor of the week as he has been named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Thursday.
Klein, who was named to the AFCA Good Works Team on Tuesday, was one of 30 players from the FBS and five from the Big 12 that was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. The Loveland, Colo., product is the second Wildcat in the last three years that is a candidate for the award (Corey Adams, 2010).
An acronym for “Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School,” the Senior CLASS Award honors a student-athlete that is a senior at a NCAA Division I FBS school and has notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
On the field last season, Klein guided the Wildcats to a 10-win season and a berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl while tying a FBS quarterback record with 27 rushing touchdowns. This year, the Wildcat signal caller was a preseason candidate for the Manning, Maxwell, O’Brien and Unitas Awards, and he has not disappointed in the first three games of 2012 as he ranks ninth nationally with a 180.8 pass efficiency rating after going 43-of-59 for 609 yards and five touchdowns. On the ground, Klein has rushed 46 times for 210 yards and four scores.
Klein has been active in volunteerism in the Manhattan community since his true freshman season of 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, taken part in Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and been a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at K-State.
In addition, Klein has been active in local church group activities as he has served as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and been the keynote speaker at multiple Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Christian Meetings.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the areas of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on the Senior CLASS Award or to view biographies of the 30 candidates, please visit www.seniorclassaward.com.
The 13th-ranked Wildcats begin Big 12 play on the road this Saturday with a matchup against No. 5 Oklahoma at Memorial Stadium in Norman, Okla. The game is scheduled for a 6:50 p.m., kickoff and will be shown to a national audience as part of FOX College Football’s Game of the Week. Coverage from the K-State Sports Network will begin at 4:30 p.m.