Some luster has certainly worn off Collin Klein's Heisman status following a three-interception performance in the Wildcats' first loss of the season last weekend, 52-24 at the hands of the Baylor Bears. But the senior quarterback is still in line for a lot of hardware, and on Monday was named one of three finalists for the 2012 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award.
Texas A&M freshman Johnny Manziel and Ohio State sophomore Braxton Miller are the other two finalists.
Klein and the Wildcats are virtually out of contention for the BCS championship game after the loss to Baylor, but can still win the Big 12 and get a BCS game. The senior is a big reason the Wildcats started 10-0 and climbed to No. 1 in the BCS standings before last weekend. Now with his team at 10-1, Klein looks to reassert his position among the country's elite players and justify the hype that made him the Heisman frontrunner in so many minds.
Klein has passed for 2,306 yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions and rushed for 787 yards with 20 touchdowns on the season. The winner of the 2012 Davey O'Brien Award will be announced on Dec. 6.