Collin Klein named Big 12 Player of the Year

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The Kansas State quarterback is the first Wildcats player to ever earn the conference Offensive Player of the Year award.

Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein grabbed the All-Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year award on Wednesday. The individual conference honors are voted on by the league's 10 coaches.

Klein is the first Kansas State player to ever earn the distinction and is joined by three other award-winning members of the team, including Bill Snyder who won Coach of the Year for a second consecutive season.

The quarterback posted impressive numbers as a duel threat in his senior year. In the passing game, he tossed for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns, while rushing for 890 and 22 scores on the ground.

Klein led the Wildcats to an 11-1 overall record and 8-1 mark in conference play. Kansas State was in contention for a berth in the national championship game until it suffered its first loss of the season to Baylor on Nov. 17. The Wildcats instead get a meeting with the Oregon Ducks in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3.

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