Ten of the last 12 Maxwell Award winners did not win the Heisman Trophy as well.
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will play in just two more games before his senior season and career with the Wildcats comes to an end. The great season for Klein, which has featured 2,306 yards passing and 14 touchdowns through the air, as well as 787 yards rushing and 20 touchdowns on the ground, is sure to earn the K-State quarterback several accolades.
Among those potential accolades is the Maxwell Award, recognizing the collegiate player of the year. Klein is one of three finalists for the award with Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o.
While not as prestigious as the Heisman Trophy, the two awards recognize similar qualities and successes. However, the two awards rarely recognize the same player, as 10 of the last 12 Maxwell Award winners did not go on to win the Heisman Trophy as well. A quarterback has won the Maxwell Award in nine consecutive seasons, while a defensive player hasn't won the award since 1980.
The Maxwell Award winner will be revealed at 6:30 p.m. CT Dec. 6 on ESPN.