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Collin Klein ranked No. 8 on ESPN's top college quarterbacks list

The Kansas State quarterback has tallied seven passing and 10 rushing touchdowns.

Matthew Holst

At 6-0, the Kansas State Wildcats are No. 4 in the debut edition of the BCS Standings and are in the hunt for a national championship thanks to the play of senior quarterback Collin Klein. A Heisman hopeful, Klein has drawn criticism for his inability to stretch the field as a thrower, but even that wasn't enough to keep him out of ESPN's list of the top 10 college quarterbacks, compiled by Brock Huard, as he earned the No. 8 spot:

His limitations as a thrower keep him out of my top five (the Wildcats simply cannot stretch the field and threaten opposing defenses the way teams with elite-level passers can), but his running ability and overall production (eighth nationally in yards per attempt, 16th in passer rating) are too significant for me to leave him off this ranking any longer.

Klein has been an efficient passer in 2012, completing 66.4 percent of his passes for 1,074 yards. However, his contributions as a rusher have been even better as he has accumulated 510 yards on the ground in only 98 carries with 10 touchdowns.

On Saturday, Klein will face off against the Heisman-favorite, Geno Smith, as No. 4 Kansas State will face No. 13 West Virginia.