Collin Klein is ready to lead the Kansas State Wildcats into yet another season. There's no question about that. Not only is the quarterback ready from a full year's starting experience, but even the way he's talking about the upcoming Wildcats' season shows that he's now an experienced pro after facing the gauntlet of the Big 12 schedule last season and coming out stronger on the other side.
Klein started his first full season at K-State last year and showed off how he can be a dual threat in the air and on the ground. With over 1,900 passing yards and over 1,100 rushing yards, Klein can command attention in multiple ways, and the experience will only him that much more successful.
"I am very ready," said Klein. "It's been hours of preparations and going up against yourself. A lot goes into it, but it will be good to have a test, so to speak, that we get to put a lot of our hard work to use."
Then again in the second year, K-State still faces a legion of doubters that they can repeat last season's success. Expectations are lower than what you'd expect for a team that finished in the Cotton Bowl, but Klein seems unphased at all by any inflated sense of confidence or a lack of it. Instead, he's calm and prepared as the senior quarterback leader.
"I definitely have more experience having gone through a full season," said Klein. "This is still the first game of the year. We have to make sure that we are working hard and all of our I's are dotted and T's are crossed. Coach (Snyder) says it all of the time that confidence comes from being prepared, and we still have four more days to prepare and keep working on it."