Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/16/12
The Wildcats’ offense had some major shoes to fill in 2011. Some were filled quite easily, while others not so much. The leading passer, rusher and receiver all had to be replaced by head coach Bill Snyder and to say he succeeded in doing that is a bit of a toss-up. A top option at wideout and running back never stood out, but those issues were all masked by one man — a Mr. Collin Klein. It would be an understatement to say that Klein was the center of the offense, mainly because it seemed like he was the entire offense. Just a warning: you might think the same about this article. Just sayin’…

Biggest Surprise- Collin Klein, Junior Quarterback
As a passing option, there would be about 100 other quarterbacks who would throw for more yards or more touchdowns. Fortunately, Klein brings a ton more to the table than just his mediocre arm. His leadership ability and tangibles are off the charts, but what most fantasy owners really care about are his running abilities. Klein was second to only record-breaking Montee Ball in terms of rushing touchdowns with 27 for the year, and finished with 11 more than the next best quarterback. There was only one game the entire season in which Klein did not have a rushing touchdown. He was simply fantastic in 2011.

Biggest Disappointment- Bryce Brown, Redshirt Sophomore Running Back
This is an easy, easy choice here. Brown was the top running back prospect in his class when he committed to Tennessee. The story is really a curious one. It made a bit of sense why he left Tennessee. He was stuck behind other rushers on the depth chart, his brother was transferring to KSU, and Lane Kiffin was leaving the program as well. You would think being closer to home and playing with his brother would be a success. Not so much as Brown only got three carries the entire season and left the program early on. He is now entering the NFL Draft. Good luck. 

2012 Outlook-
While the Wildcats’ offense is tailored around Klein, I’m not so sure head coach Bill Snyder wants his stud quarterback to be running the ball over 300 times again in 2012. So the key question entering next year will be if a running back can emerge as a go-to guy. The Bryce Brown experiment was a complete and utter failure, so that leaves scat back John Hubert and Angelo Pease to battle it out for the top spot. Hubert was solid last year, but it would help if a bigger option could develop and split time in the backfield. If Klein can improve in the passing game, he will have all of his options returning including sure-handed Chris Harper and burner Tyler Lockett.

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