Thursday, November 8, 2012
Is Klein the nation's 'most valuable' player?
By David Ubben
Colleague Todd McShay weighed in with his top 10 "most valuable" players in college football , which is exactly that.
Which players were most responsible for their team's success?
No. 1 should come as no surprise. It's Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein. Klein was the only Big 12 player on the list, but he's carried K-State to an undefeated season and grabbed a spot at the front of the pack in the Heisman race.
While K-State has excelled on defense and special teams, McShay notes -- I did on Saturday night as well -- that we got a scary, scary glimpse of what Kansas State would look like without its physical and emotional leader.
From my Saturday column:
With Heisman front-runner Collin Klein in the lineup, Kansas State racked up 38 points in just more than 35 minutes in its 44-30 win over Oklahoma State on Saturday night.
With Klein on the sideline and his helmet nowhere in sight after suffering an apparent head injury, the K-State offense managed just six points over the game's final 25 minutes.
That tells you plenty about what Klein brought to the table. Like coach Bill Snyder, I expect Klein to be available on Saturday against TCU, but I'm not sure K-State fans want to find out much longer what their team is like without Klein.
No question from me: Klein deserves the No. 1 spot. Dual-threat quarterbacks tend to have an edge in this area, but Klein more so than most players I can remember in recent history who played his style.
What do you think?