July 18, 2012
Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein was named to the initial watch list for the 2012 Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced Wednesday.
Klein picked up his second inclusion on a National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA) preseason watch list as he was also named to the Maxwell Award watch list last Monday. His candidacy for the O’Brien Award pushed K-State’s preseason total to 10 NCFAA candidates, the second most in school history and one behind the 1998 squad that had 11 players in the running for major college football awards.
A native of Loveland, Colo., Klein is one of 34 quarterbacks nationally and five from the Big 12 on the watch list. He is the fourth quarterback in school history to be recognized as a candidate for the award and the first since 1998. Chad May and Matt Miller were finalists in 1994 and 1995, respectively, while Michael Bishop was the 1998 winner.
The field for the 2012 Davey O’Brien Award will be narrowed to 16 semifinalists on Monday, October 22, while three finalists will be announced on Monday, November 19. The 2012 winner will be announced during The Home Depot College Football Awards show on Thursday, December 6, on ESPN.
During each round, a fan vote will count as five percent of the voting. Beginning on September 4, fans are invited to cast their vote once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The fan vote is combined with the result from the selection committee and totals are cleared after each round of voting.
Klein registered one of the best all-around seasons in school history during the 2011 campaign as he led the Wildcats to a 10-3 record and berth in the AT&T Cotton Bowl. Considered by many the toughest player in college football last season, Klein tied a Big 12 record and set the FBS quarterback record with 27 rushing touchdowns to go along with his 1,141 rushing yards. The signal caller was also effective through the air as he connected on 161-of-281 pass attempts for 1,918 yards and 13 touchdowns.
An honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated and a First Team All-Big 12 performer by the Associated Press, Klein ranked seventh in school history and first among quarterbacks in rushing yards, while he led the Big 12 with 317 rushing attempts, 67 more than the player in second place.
The Wildcats begin the 2012 season on Saturday, September 1 with a contest against Missouri State at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.