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Heisman Finalists 2012: Collin Klein Doesn't Deserve Top College Football Honor

MANHATTAN, KS - DECEMBER 01:  Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats runs onto the field during player introduction prior to the game against the Texas Longhorns at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on December 1, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Pete SchauerCorrespondent IDecember 3, 2012

Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein joined Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o and Texas A&M freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel on Monday as the 2012 Heisman Trophy finalists.

Had it not been for Johnny Football's record-setting season and Te'o leading the Irish defense into the BCS National Championship game, I'd say that Klein deserves the award.

But Manziel did set an SEC record by combining for 4,600 yards—which is more than Tim Tebow and Cam Newton amassed in their Heisman-winning seasons—and Te'o will be playing on Jan. 7 at Sun Life Stadium for a national championship.

Klein had a sensation season for the Wildcats—he threw for nearly 2,500 yards and rushed for another 890, but his numbers just don't compare to Manziel's, as you can see below.

  Manziel Klein
Completion Percentage: 68.3 66.2
Passing Yards: 3,419 2,490
Passing TDs: 24 15
Interceptions: 8 7
Rating: 155.9 156.1
Rushing Yards: 1,181 890
Rushing TDs: 19 22


You could argue that Klein having less interceptions and more rushing touchdowns makes him the more worthy candidate to win the Heisman, but that argument would fall on deaf ears.

Te'o is also a more deserving Heisman Trophy candidate than the Wildcats' senior QB because of the impact that he has had on his team. 

Not only will Te'o's Fighting Irish be competing for a BCS National Championship, but Te'o is the captain of a Notre Dame defense that ranks No. 1 in the country in points allowed.

All in all, Te'o has racked up 103 tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss, 1.5 sacks and 7 interceptions—an interception mark that ranked tied for second-most in the nation.

Klein had himself one heck of a season and he deserves all the credit in the world, but unfortunately for him, he had a good season when two other guys had great seasons.

Johnny Football deserves the Heisman Trophy hands down, in my opinion.

And if voters somehow slip up and the award doesn't go to Manziel, it should go to Te'o before it goes to Klein.



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