Must-See TV: Heisman Hopefuls Collin Klein and Landry Jones
The college football world saw some shocking action last week as a few potential Heisman candidates may have lost considerable ground in the race, leaving the door open for some new Heisman hype. Saturday night, on the national stage, Collin Klein and his Kansas State Wildcats (3-0) will head to Memorial Stadium and take on Landry Jones and the Oklahoma Sooners (2-0). This is officially must-see TV!
Last week, USC Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley was knocked off his front-runner perch, and Michigan State Spartans work-horse running-back Le’Veon Bell was contained. Let the race begin!
If you don’t know who Collin Klein is yet, he is the 6’5, 225 pound signal-caller for Bill Snyder’s Wildcats squad. Klein threw the ball under twenty times in his first two seasons as a Wildcat, but had a monster junior season as the team’s starter.
In his junior campaign, Klein threw for 1918 yards, with 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. What you may not know about the kid is he likes to pound the rock. No, I mean, he loves to pound the rock! He carried the ball 317 times for 1141 yards with 27 touchdowns in 2011 as well.
Klein is arguably the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation, and his size is something next-level scouts are raving over. Although he is a run-first quarterback, even Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops knows the kid is starting to polish his air-attack.
“He has improved in it and their willingness to throw, you can tell it’s been a focus of theirs” said Stoops about the Wildcats star.
Klein is already off to a hot start for his senior season. He has thrown for 609 yards, with 5 touchdowns, while having a completion-percentage of 72.9%. He is also back to crushing teams on the ground. Just ask the University Of Miami Hurricanes. Klein rushed the ball 22 times for 71 yards and 3 touchdowns against them.
On the other side of the field will be Sooners senior quarterback Landry Jones. Jones is another guy who has the NFL body and tools to be successful on that stage. He had 93 touchdowns with 41 interceptions entering this season and looks to improve on turning the rock over. The senior is also the school’s all-time leading passer with over 12,000 yards.
If Jones can lead Oklahoma through the Big-12 and potentially get a crack at a National Championship, a Heisman trophy may be sitting on his mommy’s shelf some day.
When I think of a potential Heisman winner, I think of an undefeated season, a few marquee wins, and a nationally witnessed “moment”.
With this game being televised during prime-time, these two quarterbacks have a chance to launch their Heisman campaign to the next level. Must-see TV indeed!
Paul Bentley is a contributor to Rant Sports
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