Collin Klein is the odds on favorite to win the 2012 Heisman Trophy award. The Kansas State Wildcats currently possess the inside track to reaching the BCS Championship Game, as they are the No. 2 team in the current BCS Standings. One cannot accomplish either goal without the other, and head coach Bill Snyder is hoping that he will not have to find out what that would be like this Saturday when his Wildcats take on the TCU Horned Frogs in another huge Big 12 game with national championship and Heisman implications.
In last week’s big win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Klein left in the third quarter with an undisclosed injury and did not return. Kansas State was able to hold on, as Oklahoma State made too many mistakes, which is expected of such a young team. But Snyder knows that he will need all hands on deck over the final few weeks of the 2012 NCAA Football season if Kansas State has any hopes of einning the Big 12 regular season championship and getting the bid to play for the BCS Championship.
He just won’t tell us whether or not that will happen this Saturday night.
According to Kellis Robinett of the Kansas City Star, Snyder just isn’t ready to give a definitive answer one way or the other, but he is remaining optimistic.
“I certainly hope that is the case and I would expect that to take place,” Snyder said, in regard to whether he felt his top player would be available for this weekend’s big game.
“My interest in our players is beyond football, and I always want to do the right thing for young people in our program,” Snyder said. “I think any other coach in the country would feel exactly the same way. I don’t want to put any young person in any undo jeopardy whatsoever. That’s why I don’t address injuries. I have tried not to, probably said more than I should on some occasions. But I try to accommodate you. But I put my first and foremost interest in the players in my program.”
If Klein is unable to go, it would be up to Daniel Sams to lead the Wildcats against the Horned Frogs. He played well enough in reserve duty for Kansas State last weekend. Still, even with that being said, he is no Klein. TCU is not a bad team, and is coming off of a huge win over the West Virginia Mountaineers last Saturday night. They are primed for another upset, especially if Klein is unable to suit up for Kansas State.
Any loss would likely eliminate the Wildcats from BCS Championship contention. A missed game or even poor performance from Klein could also impact his Heisman Trophy chances, as three other players from the other top teams lurk in the shadows.
That is a lot for a student in college to have to handle, but that is what happens when you play for the No. 2 team in the nation in perhaps the second best conference in all of America.