Monday, September 10, 2012
Player of the Week: Big 12
By David Ubben
Earning the player of the week nod is more than just about stats. It's about changing and controlling your game on Saturday.
Nobody did that better than Kansas State's Collin Klein, and the big man grabs the Big 12 blog's player of the week award for Week 2.
From the start, it was clear Miami couldn't handle what Klein was bringing, and he finished with three touchdowns and 71 yards on the ground.
Miami's not a great team, but the Hurricanes are fast. Everybody on Kansas State's team knew that, and this was an athletic team. That pays off in the secondary, but Klein definitely looked like a new man throwing the ball. His throwing motion is still pretty wonky, and any questions about his consistency are fair. On Saturday, though, he looked fantastic and threw beautiful balls for his two biggest gains of the day.
The first -- a 27-yarder to Curry Sexton -- split the Miami secondary and hit Sexton perfectly in stride. I don't care how it looked; that was a heck of a throw.
The second, Klein exercised some nice touch to put a ball over the top of Miami's defense to Zach Trujillo for a 58-yard gain. Just a masterful day all around for Klein, who finished with 210 yards on 9-of-11 passing, with a touchdown.
His one interception was an underthrown deep ball, which brings us back to the consistency issue. It's going to be a continued concern, and with his throwing motion, it always will be.
Still, on days when Klein is on and looks comfortable in the pocket, he's a load to handle. Defenses must respect his legs, but he's got the ability to beat you with his arm. He did that on Saturday, and if he does that on any other Saturdays, I'd basically guarantee there's no way K-State's losing that game.