Collin Klein Injury: Wildcats in Trouble If Heisman Contender Does Not Face TCU

Steven CookFeatured Columnist IVNovember 5, 2012

MANHATTAN, KS - NOVEMBER 03:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes against the Oklahoma State Cowboys in the first quarter at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on November 3, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Kansas State star quarterback and Heisman Trophy favorite Collin Klein is struggling with an unknown injury. If he can't go, the Wildcats are in trouble against TCU.

The Wildcats don't usually disseminate information about injuries, and that will be more true than ever this week as the status of one of the most well-known players in the program's history is in question, according to an Associated Press report from ESPN.

Klein spent the last 25 minutes of his Wildcats' victory over Oklahoma State on the sideline after grasping his wrist and taking a couple of hits to the head in the previous series.

Perhaps missing one game wouldn't make Klein's Heisman chances fall out of reach, but it would be detrimental to his team's chances of winning against a very formidable opponent in TCU.

Klein has 17 rushing touchdowns, 12 passing touchdowns, 2,573 all-purpose yards and just two interceptions. As he goes, so goes Kansas State. Redshirt freshman Daniel Sams, Klein's backup, has only thrown eight passes in his career.

The Horned Frogs have been one of the nation's best teams in recent years, and they'll certainly be a test to Kansas State's perfect record. While they've struggled so far in their first season in the Big 12 with the record of 6-3 (3-3 in conference), they've proven to be a thorn in the side of the best teams they've faced thus far this season.

They took a 17th-ranked Texas Tech team to three overtimes before falling 56-53 and just topped West Virginia last week in a two-overtime thriller, 39-38. TCU can put up points with the best of them.

While neither of these teams is on Kansas State's level, it certainly raises eyebrows for K-State fans and makes for an interesting dynamic heading into the conference showdown.

Nobody expected Kansas State to be a serious contender for the national title, but it has proved many critics wrong by tearing through a tough schedule to become the second-ranked team in the country. 

If Klein isn't able to go against the Horned Frogs, it'll make things very difficult for their offense, which has flown through Klein this season. While they'll still certainly be favorites in the contest regardless, many K-State fans will be worried heading into the game if Klein is left out.