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  • Klein up for sports’ most hallowed award

  • If the Heisman Trophy went to the most versatile individual demonstrating the highest character traits, there would be no need to send the ballots out.
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  • If the Heisman Trophy went to the most versatile individual demonstrating the highest character traits, there would be no need to send the ballots out.
    Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein would be the man. After all, he's a package of the two highest-profile positions that the Heisman normally goes to as a running back playing the quarterback position.
    And, what other footballer has played "Rag Time" on the piano for ESPN's College GameDay, and, sang the "Doxology" on The Dan Patrick Show
    Tuesday, more diversity heroics came to light as teammates shared how he's been known to two-hand dunk in winter pickup basketball games.
    Remember, Klein was a higher profile basketball recruit out of Loveland, Colo., rather than football!
    And, it was on Tuesday that Klein pulled off a General Patton quote when quizzed about trying to avoid all the football collisions that he took last year, even if it means sacrificing a couple yards to step out of bounds.
    Quoting Patton, Klein said with a chuckle, "You don't win wars by dying for your country. You have to be kind of smart about that (avoiding unnecessary hits.)"
    The quip came during a Tuesday press conference where Klein addressed over 40 members of the press for over 20 minutes with the same patience that he uses in running the option offense.
    If there was a hint of a Heisman-type question, with grace, Klein dodged such a thought like it was a charging linebacker.
    "My main focus is for the team to be successful. Whatever my piece of that puzzle looks like, I'll be happy with," said Klein. "As a team we want to prepare to play the best game we can play. If we do that well, it will be another step on the journey."
    Klein's comment came as no surprise to his coach, Bill Snyder: "That's (Heisman talk) something that can get you off track in your preparation for a football game. Collin is only concerned with what he can do to help this football team.
    "You always look for signs of not handling things right, but he handles things quite well," said Snyder. "You can't say enough for the way he's handled the successes he's had."
    On being the musician that he is, the athlete that he is, and the family man/husband that he is, Snyder added, "He's able to organize so many things that he does in life.
    “He focuses on football, he sets aside time for family, and he sets aside time for academics, but he's never in a rush. He has a deep sense of value and purpose."
    The majority of the mid-season polls feature three quarterbacks in the top three: Geno Smith of West Virginia, Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Collin Klein of Kansas State.
    Page 2 of 2 - Klein, who is on the watch lists for the Manning, Maxwell, O'Brien and Unitas Awards, is second in the Heismanpundit/CBSSports.com Heisman Straw Poll and third in the ESPN Experts Heisman Trophy Poll.
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