Although Collin Klein was named one of three finalists for this past Saturday’s Heisman ceremony, he may be sitting at home watching the senior bowl after leading the Kansas State Wildcats to their best season in years.
He has drawn some comparisons to former-Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow, but Tebow has something Klein doesn’t: a linebacker-like body and, oh yeah, a Heisman Trophy.
The 6-foot-5-inch quarterback is the subject of many rumors going around that he will not receive a Senior Bowl invite that will take place in Mobile, Ala., next month.
Although this is not the end of the world for Klein, it is a game that is supposed to feature the nation’s top seniors and for him not to be invited could say a lot about his draft stock. Although he finished third in the running for college football’s most prestigious individual award, he has to be a little worried about the future.
Many scouts predict that Klein will be a late-round draft pick in April because of concerns about his throwing motion and passing accuracy and ability.
Klein’s passing numbers have improved drastically each season with the Wildcats including the biggest improvement from 2011 into 2012. He has thrown for over 500 more yards, completed more passes in less attempts and thrown one more touchdown pass. The biggest improvement area has been his accuracy which has risen about nine percent from a year ago.
His rushing numbers are a little bit down from last year, however. He has run for 250 less yards and five less touchdown, not to mention he has had over 100 less carries. This Kansas State quarterback accounted for 37 total touchdowns and about 3,200 yards, but that is apparently not enough to earn a Senior Bowl invite.
Many people will be shocked to hear that he could be left out while quarterbacks such as Arkansas‘ Tyler Wilson, Florida State‘s EJ Manuel and North Carolina State‘s Mike Glennon have already received their invite.