Collin Klein was one of the three Heisman finalists this season after guiding his Kansas State Wildcats to an 11-win season and BCS bowl berth. Because of his status at season’s end, he has the immediate edge over Lynch, but looking at them head-to-head, they have a lot of similarities.
Klein is a quarterback that is not afraid to duck his head and push into traffic with the football. He is a big-bodied player standing at 6’5”, 226 pounds and has used that frame to push for 890 rushing yards this fall.
Klein finished the year as the Wildcats' second-leading rusher. He passed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns with seven interceptions. He also rushed for 22 additional scores.
By the end of the year, Klein had guided his team to a Big 12 title and a BCS berth under the guidance of legendary coach Bill Snyder.
The status of Klein as a Heisman candidate was as much for his on-field leadership as his stat line. When looking at Lynch, it is almost not comparable. Lynch has the obvious edge.
Lynch passed for 2,962 yards, 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also rushed for 1,771 yards and 19 touchdowns. Granted, he did it against lesser competition, but it is still and impressive comparison that favors Lynch.
Could Lynch have Klein type success at Kansas State?
I think he could, which is why the I would take Lynch in this situation. His 2012 season was more impressive than Klein, and nothing indicates that he couldn’t handle the Big 12 with the same surrounding talent as well as Klein did this fall.
Breakdown: Klein—No. 70 in passing offense, No. 78 in rushing offense, No. 30 in total offense
Lynch—No. 51 in passing offense, No. 4 in rushing offense, No. 3 in total offense