Mavs’ coach, player praise K-State’s Klein

Brett Boyer remembers chasing Collin Klein all over the field when they were on rival high school football teams.

“He was hard to catch,” the junior offensive lineman at Colorado Mesa University said.

Boyer, who played offensive and defensive line at Mountain View High School, said he never caught Klein, who was Loveland High School’s quarterback in 2007 and has emerged as the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy this season for No. 2 Kansas State.

“He was really disciplined,” Boyer said. “He was a solid player. He was kind of a quiet guy but always got his job done. I guess that’s what I remember most.”

That and trying to catch Klein, which Division I defenses have a hard time doing these days.

Rob Felberg was the quarterback at Smoky Hill the same year as Klein was at Loveland. The teams never faced one another, but Felberg knew about Klein.

“I never played against him, but I remember meeting him,” said Felberg, who moved to wide receiver at Colorado Mesa. “He was in the same class as me, and we were listed as guys to look for (in the state).”

Klein, who threw for 1,398 yards and 12 touchdowns and ran for 745 yards and 10 TDs as a high school senior, was recruited by several schools as a safety, but he wanted to play quarterback.

Kansas State was one of the schools willing to give him that shot. The University of Nebraska-Kearney, then a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, was another. After last year, Kearney joined the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

First-year Colorado Mesa coach Russ Martin is good friends with Loveland coach John Poovey and recruited Klein when Martin was on the Lopers’ coaching staff.

“Everybody wanted him to play safety,” Martin said. “I talked to him about playing quarterback.”

The Lopers had Jake Spitzlberger, a four-year starter at quarterback from 2008–11 who played at Bear Creek High School in Lakewood, but Martin said Klein would have gotten a shot had K-State not come through with a chance to play quarterback in Manhattan, Kan.

Klein playing Division II football in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference?

“He would have torn people up,” Martin said.


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