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Collin Klein could be frontrunner for Heisman Trophy

K-State's Collin Klein has been outstanding for the Wildcats this year, and may be the new front runner for the Heisman Trophy.

Justin K. Aller

Entering the season, Kansas St. Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein was on the periphery of early Heisman Trophy discussions, if at all. However, after seven games, Klein may very well be the frontrunner. Klein went head to head with West Virginia's Geno Smith and completely stole the show, going 19-21 for 323 yards and three touchdowns, and running for 41 yards and another four touchdowns en route to a 55-14 win. That's seven touchdowns and a 90% completion percentage against the player many considered a shoe-in for the Heisman a week ago.

If Kansas State can continue their undefeated run through the Big 12, Klein's Heisman candidacy will stay on track, barring injury. He's been masterful while running the ball, but his display against an admittedly poor WVU pass defense showed that he can throw the ball too. If Ohio State's Braxton Miller misses any time due the injury he sustained against Purdue (which, as of now, he is not expected to), then Klein would have to be considered the front runner for the Heisman.