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03/24/13 - 2013 Kansas State Pro Day: Collin Klein, QB (6-5 1/4, 222 pounds) - He had 31 1/2-inch vertical jump, a 9-foot-3 broad jump and a 4.50-second short shuttle drill. He threw the ball in quarterback drills. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
02/22/13 - For the second-straight year, Collin Klein had more than 3,000 total yards as Kansas State's quarterback. But he's primarily a runner (he had more than 500 rushing attempts the past two years), and that's not something the NFL covets. But despite an eventual switch to a different position being in the cards, Klein has no intentions of swapping positions now, and he said Friday at the 2013 NFL Combine that he will "pursue every door" to try to remain a quarterback. "Until every one one of those (doors) are closed, I'm not considering anything else," Klein said.
Klein's got experience at wideout, tight end and can obviously run the ball. As a quarterback, there are questions about his ability to make every throw (or even almost every throw) at the NFL level. But Klein believes he has "the tools" to succeed despite the folks who doubt him.
"That's my heart, I know I have the tools to do that," Klein said. "I know I'll bring a lot to the team at that position." We're seeing a similar situation unfold in the NFL right now as Tim Tebow faces an offseason where he could very well struggle to find work. Klein's obviously different because he doesn't bring some of the off-field baggage that accompanies Tebow wherever he goes. But he does have similar on-field problems, and it's going to create an interesting -- and potentially difficult -- marketplace for him if he remains as a quarterback going forward. - Will Brinson, CBSSports.com
01/19/13 - Collin Klein hoped to use the East-West Shrine Game as his first opportunity to prove he has the ability to play quarterback on the NFL level. The Heisman Trophy finalist and Kansas State star left the field with only more questions surrounding his game, though, and just a handful of months to provide potential suitors with the answers they're seeking. Klein struggled in his first all-star game NFL audition, completing just 5 of 13 passes for 43 yards and an interception as his West team fell to the East 28-13 on Saturday.
Illinois cornerback Terry Hawthorne had a fumble recovery to set up a touchdown and an interception in the second half to lead a West team that came away with four total turnovers on the day. Klein acknowledged he didn't have the kind of day he wanted, but said his confidence isn't shaken moving forward.
"I felt pretty good. We were a little rough, made a lot of mistakes and penalties that kept getting us in bad down-and-distances," Klein said. "But I think I got better and I learned a lot this week. We're moving on." Klein brushed off questions throughout the week about his unorthodox throwing motion and was adamant that he had no intention of switching positions at the next level despite his ability to run the ball. He looked uncomfortable in the pocket throwing to unfamiliar receivers Saturday, but said it was good training for the future. - AP Sports
01/15/13 - EAST WEST SHRINE TUESDAY EAST PRACTICE: Kansas State quarterback Colin Klein had a shaky second day of practice and hasn't looked overly impressive in passing drills so far this week. His biggest issue thus far hasn't been his delivery or accuracy (although both need work), but rather his anticipation and timing. A learning curve is expected in an all-star environment like this because the quarterbacks are largely unfamiliar with the receivers, but Klein hasn't shown much improvement from Day 1 to Day 2.
At one point, the coaches pulled Klein aside to talk with him about his timing because too often the wide receiver was at the top of his route and looking for the ball before the ball left Klein's hand. He looked much more comfortable throwing to targets who were out of their breaks and facing him, but this caused the receiver to be waiting for the ball, a play that would have easily been broken up if defenders were part of the drill.
So far on the East squad, Colby Cameron (Louisiana Tech) and Nathan Stanley (Southeastern Louisiana) have out-performed Klein in several areas. The former Kansas State quarterback knows the routes that are being called, but needs to improve his anticipation and decisiveness with his delivery to show scouts he has what it takes to stay at quarterback in the NFL. Maybe with some more reps with this group of receivers, he will start to improve, but it's worth watching the rest of the week. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
01/09/13 - Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein and defensive back Nigel Malone have been selected to play in the 88th East-West Shrine Game, the organization announced. The selections mark the 48th and 49th in school history for the annual game, which will be held this year on January 19, at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., beginning at 3 p.m. (CT) on NFL Network. Kansas State players have earned 30 East-West Shrine Game selections since 1993, including current NFL players Jeromey Clary (2005), Jeron Mastrud (2009) and Tysyn Hartman (2011).
The 2012 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and a Heisman Trophy finalist, Klein finished his K-State career with a 22-6 record as a starting quarterback to tie the school record. He led the Wildcats to their third conference championship in school history and the first since 2003 as Kansas State finished the regular season 11-1 overall and 8-1 in Big 12 play. Klein finished out his senior campaign with 920 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns, a mark that is second in school history to his 27 scores in 2011. He also greatly improved his passing as he went 197-of-304 for 2,641 yards and 16 touchdowns and finished with the second-best completion percentage in school history at 64.8. - Kansas State football
01/03/13 - "They are a really good football team," he said. "Very sound and very well-coached. They don't make a lot of mistakes. They have a lot of playmakers and it starts with the quarterback, everything revolves around him." Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein has thrown for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns and run for 890 yards and 22 scores. Klein is the fourth straight dual-threat quarterback Oregon has faced in bowl games. The Ducks played Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor in the 2010 Rose Bowl, Cam Newton of Auburn in the 2011 BCS National Championship game, and Russell Wilson of Wisconsin in last year's Rose Bowl. "The ability he has to run and his size is almost like Cam Newton and Terrelle Pryor type of guys," Kelly said. "You may have a great scheme and a guy unblocked, and he may run them over. He is different than the quarterbacks in our league."
Kelly was particularly impressed with Klein's ability to run. "He has great instincts like a running back," Kelly said. "He is a patient runner who sets up his blocks well. You have to gang tackle him." - The Sports Xchange
01/03/13 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Collin Klein does not look like a difference-maker. His delivery passing the ball is unorthodox and at 6-5, 226 pounds, he does not look altogether swift. Yet he usually finds ways to move the chains, whether it's spotting a receiver with a perfect strike or beating defenders to the first-down marker. Klein has accounted for 84 touchdowns in his career. His efficiency enabled the Wildcats to get through the season with only 10 turnovers. - The Sports Xchange
12/16/12 - 2012 AP ALL-AMERICAN SECOND TEAM: Quarterback - Collin Klein, senior, Kansas State... While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football
12/16/12 - 2012 WALTER CAMP ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM: QB Collin Klein, Kansas State, 6-5 226 Sr., Loveland, CO...A product of Loveland, Colo., Klein has also been named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year by both the Associated Press and league's coaches in addition to being named the 2012 Johnny Unitas Award winner. While leading K-State to the third conference championship in school history, Klein rushed for 22 touchdowns to rank second nationally and first among quarterbacks, while he accounted for 37 touchdowns this season. The senior, who has rushed for 890 yards, has completed 180-of-272 passes for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. - Kansas State football
12/14/12 - Collin Klein was good enough to led Kansas State to its third-ever Big 12 title and first in nearly a decade. He was good enough to be named the Johnny Unitas Award winner for being the nation’s top fourth-year quarterback. And he was good enough to be one of three players invited to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist. But apparently Klein isn’t good enough to earn a spot in the next Senior Bowl.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Monday that Klein will not be invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl, according to a “league source”. Among the quarterbacks that have already accepted Senior Bowl invites are Arkansas’ Tyler Wilson, NC State’s Mike Glennon and Florida State’s E.J. Manuel. “The reason the Senior Bowl is expected to pass on Klein are some of the same reasons he is not expected to be a high draft pick,” Schefter wrote. “Scouts are concerned about his throwing motion and passing abilities, even though he was good enough to elevate an entire football program and enable it to compete for a national championship.
The reason the Senior Bowl is expected to pass on Klein are some of the same reasons he is not expected to be a high draft pick. Scouts are concerned about his throwing motion and passing abilities, even though he was good enough to elevate an entire football program and enable it to compete for a national championship. Other quarterbacks have impressed NFL scouts more, sources say, and they will be the ones invited to Mobile, Ala., next month. Klein will have to focus on getting ready for the combine.” - Christian Corona, The Dallas Morning News