Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Collin Klein wins Unitas award as top QB
By David Ubben
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein won the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award, his first national award of the season.
He beat out fellow finalists Matt Barkley of USC, EJ Manuel of Florida State, AJ McCarron of Alabama and West Virginia's Geno Smith to win the award.
To be eligible, quarterbacks must be nearing completion of their college eligibility or be a fourth-year junior on schedule to graduate with the recruiting class he signed with.
Klein carried Kansas State to an 11-1 record and its first Big 12 championship since 2003 by throwing for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns, adding 22 more touchdowns on the ground with 890 rushing yards.
Klein was also named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy on Monday.
"Collin is not just a tremendous athlete and leader on the field, but an MVP off the field as well, who repeatedly has been recognized for his numerous contributions to the community and to the spirit of sportsmanship," said John C. Unitas Jr., president of The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation.