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Cotton Bowl 2012: Collin Klein Of Kansas State Compared To Tim Tebow

While it means another thing entirely for the pro game, a comparison to Tim Tebow in the college game is a compliment of the highest order. As one of the best college football players of all time, Tebow carried the Florida Gators to the national championship. Collin Klein, the Kansas State quarterback, has similar abilities to Tebow, says George Schroeder.

"Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein is not fast, but he's big and very effective as a runner," Schroeder writes. "He's not an exceptionally accurate passer, but when the Wildcats absolutely have to have it, Klein somehow comes through. There might not be an offensive player in college football who is more valuable to his team. If this reminds you of anyone, well, sure. The inevitable comparison is to Tim Tebow, starting with on-field similarities and continuing to background.

"Like Tebow, Klein was homeschooled. Like Tebow, he is outspoken about his devout Christian faith. "You can certainly see some comparisons there," Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said. "The size and the strength, the ability to break tackles, the ability to win games in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line. The ability to make big throws when the game is on the line. He is a really, really good football player."

Klein might have a shot at a coming out party tomorrow night against Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl. It should make for a very entertaining game for two teams wanting some national respect and the chance to step out from the shadows of their conference rivals like Alabama and Oklahoma. A prime bowl game allows for such entrances.