Collin Klein: Video Highlights for Former Kansas State QB
2013 Heisman finalist Collin Klein completed 64.8 percent of his 304 passes for 2,641 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats. He added 920 rushing yards and 23 scores on the ground via 207 attempts.
Klein’s rushing prowess and size drew comparisons to Tim Tebow, as Kansas State averaged 42.4 points per game in 2012. Klein cashed in a rushing TD in every game of the season after Week 1.
He also threw just two interceptions in his first nine games, while his team went 9-0.
Klein’s highs were more frequent than his lows, and we’ll explore the former category here as he embarks on his NFL career.
Slant vs. Miami
Tramaine Thompson got open on the slant route, and Collin Klein hit him in stride between a group of defenders. The play netted Kansas State 17 yards, showcasing Klein's timing and chemistry with his receiver.
Based on the way the linebacker whom Thompson darted behind played in coverage, there may have been some eye work by Klein. The 'backer was nowhere near the receiver after Thompson cut inside.
His cut was simultaneous with Klein's throw.
Power Run vs. Miami
This is why Collin Klein gets compared to Tim Tebow.
On the quarterback draw play, Klein hesitates, picks his way through the Miami Hurricanes defense and powers into the end zone for one of his three rushing touchdowns on the day.
He totaled 71 rushing yards on 22 carries.
Dime vs. Miami
Collin Klein put this football on a rope to Curry Sexton for a 27-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Miami.
Hitting his guy in stride between two defenders enabled Klein to put his Kansas State Wildcats up 24-3 in the middle of the second quarter. It was his only touchdown toss of the day.
Klein finished with 210 passing yards, a TD and a pick on just 11 attempts.
Read Run vs. Oklahoma
Here's another illustration of why Collin Klein can be a problem in the red zone.
A word often associated with the former Kansas State quarterback is "patient." He waits for his blocks to develop at the first and second level before planting and heading outside.
Against Oklahoma, Klein finished with 17 rushes for 79 yards and this touchdown.
Bomb vs. Kansas
Collin Klein loaded up and dropped this ball where only his wideout could go get it in the end zone. Tyler Lockett tied the game up at 14 before the Wildcats pounced on the Kansas Jayhawks and defeated them, 56-16.
Klein finished with 129 passing yards (on seven of 14 throws) and two passing touchdowns.
Big Run vs. Kansas
Collin Klein didn't just deke the unfortunate gentleman in the white jersey on this run to the right sideline.
He got the cameraman, too.
Klein sidestepped the incoming Kansas Jayhawk defender as the read-option developed, who then got up and chased the running back, thinking he had the ball. The TV camera followed him, until it became evident that Collin kept it and had his sights set on the end zone.
He cashed it in on the next play.
Klein amassed 116 rushing yards and scored twice on 10 attempts in the win. His longest run of the game was this 31-yard rumble.
Sprint vs. Iowa State
Collin Klein got the cameraman, again.
Klein dropped back to pass, but found his reads to be unsatisfactory before pump-faking and shuffling off toward the right pylon as quickly as possible. The play resulted in his longest run of the game and his third TD on the ground.
His meeting with Iowa State marked the second half of back-to-back 100-yard rushing games.
TD Strike vs. Texas Tech
Collin Klein found his boy Tramaine Thompson in single coverage across the middle and made the Texas Tech Red Raiders pay with this 21-yard strike.
He led his receiver away from the defender so that Thompson didn't even have to take a hit in the end zone. It was Klein's first TD toss of the afternoon.
Sideline vs. Texas Tech
Collin Klein put some touch on this sideline strike to Tyler Lockett, which was good for 19 yards.
Kansas State never had a second down on this drive, which eventually culminated in a touchdown run: a 22-yarder from Klein.
He put up 233 yards on 19-of-26 passing, in addition to 83 rushing yards on 12 attempts. He accounted for a pair of TDs in both departments.
Sideline vs. Oklahoma State
This sideline loft didn't result in a touchdown either, but it's the type of throw that is designed to do that sort of thing. Collin Klein placed the football behind the cornerback and to the left of the safety, where Tyler Lockett could go get it and have room to run.
The throw-and-catch was good for 50.
Klein didn't chuck a TD in this game, but he ran for one and accounted for 309 yards of offense against Oklahoma State.