SINCE COLLIN KLEIN was named Kansas State's starter under center last season, he has proved two things in the Little Apple. First, he's a playmaker: In 2011, Klein rushed for 1,141 yards and 27 scores, tying a single-season TD record for an FBS quarterback. Through five games this season, he had accounted for 1,292 total yards and 14 TDs. Second, he's a winner: Klein led K-State to its first 10-win season in eight years, and entering Week 7, the 5-0 Wildcats were No. 6 in the nation, their highest ranking since Sept. 14, 2003.
The 23-year-old senior, who got married this summer, is essentially a grown man (6'5", 230) playing a kid's game. And based on all the media, coaches and players I've polled, Klein would be the runaway winner if college football had a most likable award. So why then, in a league desperate for leaders, is the NFL seemingly disinterested in the native of Loveland, Colo.?