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Kansas State-TCU: Without Collin Klein, this clash is a purple mosh pit

BIG 12 FOOTBALL — Two former purple pushovers meet in a key conference game that could get interesting if Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein doesn't play.
by Berry Tramel Modified: November 9, 2012 at 2:34 pm •  Published: November 9, 2012
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/articleid/3727042/1/pictures/1880217">Photo - Kansas State backup Daniel Sams (4) could replace Heisman Trophy front-runner Collin Klein (7) at quarterback Saturday if Klein isn't ready to face TCU. Though K-State coach Bill Snyder has refused to specify the nature of Klein's injury, there are signs Klein suffered a head injury last week against Oklahoma State. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner. <strong>Orlin Wagner - AP</strong>
Kansas State backup Daniel Sams (4) could replace Heisman Trophy front-runner Collin Klein (7) at quarterback Saturday if Klein isn't ready to face TCU. Though K-State coach Bill Snyder has refused to specify the nature of Klein's injury, there are signs Klein suffered a head injury last week against Oklahoma State. AP Photo/Orlin Wagner. Orlin Wagner - AP

Of course, there's a difference between Collin Klein coming right at you and Daniel Sams coming right at you. Sams is the KSU backup quarterback, a redshirt freshman who weighs about 25 pounds less than Klein and it looks like 125.

“I've been around the guy for two years now,” said KSU tailback Angelo Pease. “I see what he can do and know what he can do. I put my trust in him. He can make all the throws Collin make.”

That may be. But Klein is the Heisman favorite not because he's Peyton Manning. Klein is America's sweetheart because he's a single-wing throwback. A good passer who can bounce off defenders and run like a tailback. Collin Klein is Tim Tebow, except without all that Florida talent around him.

So the ‘Cats need Klein. Without him, this game becomes a purple mosh pit of two tough teams.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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