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Presumptive Heisman frontrunner Klein claims Camp honors

Collin Klein AP

A dominating performance in a blowout win that pushed Collin Klein to the forefront of the Heisman discussion has also earned the Kansas State quarterback a prestigious national honor.

The Walter Camp Foundation announced late Sunday morning that Klein has been named as its FBS National Offensive Player of the Week.

In the 55-14 win over West Virginia, Klein accounted for seven touchdowns — three passing, four receiving — and threw for a career-high 323 yards.  He also completed 90.5 percent of his 21 pass attempts in the lethally efficient performance.

Per KSU, the win over the Mountaineers was the No. 4 Wildcats’ school-record fourth straight road win over a ranked opponent.

On the other side of the ball, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter claimed National Defensive Player of the Week honors.  In the No. 6 Tigers’ 24-19 win over No. 20 Texas A&M, Minter was credited with 12 tackles, two quarterback hurries. one sack, one interception and one pass defensed.

Below is the year-to-date list of weekly 2012 Camp honorees:

Week 1: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Alabama cornerback Dee Milliner
Week 2: Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning, Georgia linebacker Jarvis Jones
Week 3
: Stanford running back Stepfan Taylor, Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o
Week 4
: Nevada running back Stefphon Jefferson, Western Michigan linebacker Desmond Bozeman
Week 5
: West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith, Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti
Week 6
: Florida running back Mike Gillislee, Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer
Week 7
: Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, Rutgers linebacker Khaseem Greene
Week 8
: Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, LSU linebacker Kevin Minter

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6 Responses to “Presumptive Heisman frontrunner Klein claims Camp honors”
  1. coryfor3 says: Oct 22, 2012 6:46 AM

    Wow! 3 Tds passing and 4 receiving!? So Klein must’ve thrown some if those passes to himself!? Amazing!!!

  2. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Oct 22, 2012 10:16 AM


    Honestly, even though JT obviously meant rushing, it is not an impossibility. Many teams run wildcat or halfback options.

  3. manchestermiracle says: Oct 22, 2012 10:46 AM

    Looks like all you need to do in order to win a Camp award is make sure your school schedules a team with no defense. Smith torched Baylor and Klein smoked WVU. BFD.

    Wasn’t Smith the “presumptive front runner” after the Baylor game? I recall pundits saying the Heisman was his to lose after that game. As soon as he faced a real defense he was out of the conversation. Klein looks like he could have more staying power than Smith, but we’ll see.

  4. Deb says: Oct 22, 2012 2:28 PM


  5. rskuggs says: Oct 22, 2012 4:26 PM

    Any QB playing against WVU’s Joke of a defense will put up huge numbers.

  6. qcubed3 says: Oct 22, 2012 6:54 PM

    WVU’s defense is a joke, but OU’s was not. Klein has been very, very solid in every game. Being called the Heisman frontrunner may be the kiss of death, but the kid can play I tells ya.

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