The No. 2 Kansas State Wildcats' bid for BCS National Championship glory took a scary turn in Week 10. Starting quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Collin Klein left the team’s 44-30 win over Oklahoma State after reportedly experiencing concussion-like symptoms, according Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports.
Speculation has since run rampant regarding the severity of Klein’s injury, and whether he will miss Kansas State’s Week 11 meeting with TCU.
However, Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder told Kellis Robinett of The Wichita Eagle on Tuesday that he expects Klein to play this week and the reasons behind not divulging any more information on the injury:
I certainly hope that is the case and I would expect that to take place.
My interest in our players is beyond football, and I always want to do the right thing for young people in our program. I think any other coach in the country would feel exactly the same way. I don’t want to put any young person in any undo jeopardy whatsoever. That’s why I don’t address injuries.
I have tried not to, probably said more than I should on some occasions. But I try to accommodate you. But I put my first and foremost interest in the players in my program.
While Snyder has received heat from the media for his handling of this possible concussion, there is likely a trained medical staff that must approve Klein’s return to the team.
All NCAA schools are held responsible for their student athletes. If the media doesn’t know the extent of the injury, that doesn’t mean the student isn’t being treated properly.
Kansas State isn’t trying to pretend its senior QB didn’t have an injury; the team is just trying to protect the star from having a target put on him by the team’s upcoming opponents.
What to Expect in Week 11
While the talk of concussions is always enough to cause legitimate concern, this is one of the toughest players in college football; Collin Klein will start on Saturday against TCU and help his team continue their undefeated ways.
As much as running the ball has become a huge part of what the senior QB does—and what has made him so effective—Kansas State will change its offensive plans against TCU to keep the Heisman Trophy candidate away from contact.
Klein isn’t the prototypical pocket passer, but his ability to make smart decisions and protect the football has made him indispensable. With 1875 yards and 12 touchdowns with just two interceptions, Klein will further his Heisman dream by proving he can win with his feet and his arm.
TCU won’t be an easy game for the Wildcats, but Kansas State’s fifth-ranked offense (scoring 44.3 points per game) will have no problem capitalizing on the Horned Frogs 47th-ranked defense (allowing 24.1 points per game).
As long as Klein plays, the Kansas State Wildcats will move to 10-0 and one game closer to BCS glory.
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