Quarterback Collin Klein #7 of the Kansas State Wildcats passes during the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Manhattan, Kansas.
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MANHATTAN, Kan. - Here’s something you might not know about Kansas State senior quarterback Collin Klein, the current front-runner for the Heisman Trophy.
The first time he ever kissed his wife was at the altar on his wedding day. That’s what Klein told the “Jim Rome Show” on Wednesday, as Klein continues to receive more national attention for his impressive play on the field.
Klein married Shalin Spani, the daughter of former K-State and Chiefs star Gary Spani, on July 21 in Kansas City, Mo. He graduated last December with two finance degrees. He’s currently working on a minor in leadership.
Klein remains the unanimous choice to win the Heisman Trophy, which will be announced on December 8 in New York City. He received all 10 first-place votes for the second straight week in the Scripps Howard News Service Heisman Poll.
The 6-foot-5, 226-pound Klein has throw 12 touchdowns and rushed for 16 scores for No. 2 and 8-0 Kansas State. He’s only thrown two interceptions.
On Thursday, the 23-year-old Klein was also named one of 10 finalists for the ARA Sportsmanship Award. It honors one outstanding NCAA Division I college football player who best personifies sportsmanship.
Klein is a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He has regularly visited local retirement centers. He’s also read to kids at elementary schools, taken part in Adopt-a-Family during the holiday season and been a regular volunteer for the Special Olympics Sports Clinic at K-State.
Klein is also involved in church group activities in Manhattan. He has served as a prayer group leader for Grace Baptist Church and served as the keynote speaker at multiple Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Christian Meetings.
Klein is also a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award and was named AFCA Good Works Team earlier this season.
Former K-State Head Coach Ron Prince and ex-assistant coach James Franklin recruited Klein from Loveland High School in Loveland, Colorado. The only other schools that recruited Klein were Utah and Colorado State. Colorado didn't recruit him because he wasn't a stronger enough passer.
Klein’s father says his son learned about football at an early age.
“By the time he was four, five or six, he knew what a slant route was, a hitch, a stop, a post, a fly, a flag, square out, speed out and all that kind of stuff,” Doug Klein said.
Klein’s high school coach said Klein is not your prototypical passer or runner, but his intangibles make him special.
“It’s the leadership and intelligence he brings to it and his work ethic and all those things that sets him apart,” long-time Loveland High School Head Football Coach John Poovey said.
Klein will look to keep his Heisman campaign going and the Wildcats in the national championship picture when No. 2 K-State returns to action this Saturday at 7 p.m. CT against No. 24 Oklahoma State in Manhattan, Kan. Stay with kshb.com and 41 Action News for complete coverage of K-State and Klein's run at the Heisman trophy.
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