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Collin Klein named semifinalist for Maxwell Award for the Collegiate Player of the Year

Collin Klein's stellar season as the Kansas State quarterback leads him closer to yet another potential award.

Matthew Holst

Collin Klein has enjoyed an amazing season as the starting quarterback for the Kansas State Wildcats. Not only is he a contender for this year's Heisman Trophy, but he's also up for just about every award imaginable. The latest to include him on their list of finalists is the Maxwell Award for Collegiate Player of the Year.

Klein has 12 passing touchdowns and 16 rushing touchdowns and has the Wildcats at a perfect 8-0 record atop the Big 12. They've taken out several ranked opponents this season, including Oklahoma and West Virginia on the road. They're also fresh off another win against then-No. 14 Texas Tech.

From the press release:

Klein and Brown were one of 16 semifinalists for their respective awards and were both just the second player in school history to be named a semifinalist for the awards. Klein joins former Wildcat quarterback Michael Bishop, who was a finalist for the Maxwell Award in 1998, while Brown is the first K-State defender since cornerback Chris Canty in 1996 to earn semifinal status for the Bednarik Award.