Collin Klein, Concussion-Like Symptoms and Heisman Implications

By Paul Bentley
Matthew Emmons – US Presswire

In regards to the Heisman trophy race, Collin Klein was on cruise control ever since he pounded Geno Smith and the West Virginia Mountaineers back in week seven.  But last week, Klein and the Kansas State Wildcats hit a speed bump, as Klein took a hit above the shoulders in the team’s 44-30 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, resulting in some concussion-like symptoms.

“Concussion-like symptoms” have arguably been the three worst words to hear as of recent history in football.  Teams are expected to take these injuries seriously and players must pass medical tests before being cleared to play.

At the moment, it appears Klein will be playing this weekend, when the Wildcats will travel to play the TCU Horned Frogs on Saturday night.

Head coach Bill Snyder hinted to Fox Sports reporters a bit of information on Klein’s status for the game.

“Let’s cut to the chase.  Would I expect him to play?  I certainly hope that’s the case, and I would expect that to take place.”

With so much at stake, it seems inevitable that Klein will be at the helms come Saturday night.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish line-backer Manti Te’o, and Oregon Ducks running-back Kenjon Barner are both making strong cases to be considered for the sport’s most coveted individual honor, but Klein is still still leading the way in the Heisman race.

The 6’5, 225-pound senior has been crushing teams on the ground and through the air.  He has 29 total touchdowns, with 17 of them coming on rushes.  This guy is arguably the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation.

Aside from Heisman trophy implications, this game also has National Championship implications.

The Wildcats still sit at number two in the BCS Rankings, but the Fighting Irish and Oregon Ducks are still both in the hunt.

TCU is coming off an impressive double-overtime win over the Mountaineers.  However, this is their first year in the Big 12 and their defense has been beat up quite a bit.

The Horned Frogs will look to red-shirt freshman Trevone Boykin to make plays at the quarterback position.  In their win last week, Boykin was 12-29 for 254 yards with 2 touchdowns.  In the five games he has started, he has thrown 12 touchdowns with 7 interceptions.  Boykin was abruptly put into the starting position after former starter Casey Pachall left the school after he received a DUI on October 4th.

Kevin Jairaj – US Presswire (Pictured: Trevone Boykin)

The Wildcats average 44 points-per-game, so unless TCU can bring the offensive explosion they had last week, expect Klein and his boys to pile up some points on the TCU defense.

Seeing that this game is during prime time on national TV, Klein will have the spotlight on him to not only continue the Wildcats undefeated season, but improve his Heisman poll-position as well.


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