There were times when Collin Klein's mother couldn't help but worry, when she would watch her son take a snap from center, dodge a couple of defenders and then take off at a gallop.
The play would usually end up with Kansas State's quarterback taking a big hit, the kind that caused Kelly Klein to gasp. The kid would invariably drag himself off the turf, blood usually seeping from his elbows. He would adjust his facemask, hike back his shoulder pads and trundle back to the huddle and do it all again.
''I get emotional because I do worry,'' Kelly Klein admitted this week. ''But he does what he loves to do, so you have to be grateful that he has the physical ability to do it.''
Klein's prodigious physical ability, along with his even demeanor, unwavering faith and singular focus on getting better bit by bit all contributed to one of the finest careers in Kansas State history. On Wednesday, he was voted the AP Big 12 offensive player of the year.
''I'm just honored with this opportu...