It was a forgettable year for Colorado's state colleges on the gridiron, but the state can claim some pride thanks to a native son who made good elsewhere -- Loveland native Collin Klein, who on Tuesday was named to the All-America teams for both the Associated Press and Sports Illustrated.
The Kansas State Wildcats quarterback led the team to a Big 12 title with an 11-1 record and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl, where the Wildcats will meet the Oregon Ducks on Jan. 3. But for a loss to Baylor late in the season, the Wildcats would likely be in the BCS title game with Notre Dame, and that's mostly thanks to Klein, who was also one of three men invited to New York as a Heisman Trophy finalist.
Klein was a second-team All-American on both the AP and SI teams. The senior was a threat in both the passing and running games. He threw for 2,490 yards with 15 touchdowns and seven interceptions while rushing for 890 yards and 22 touchdowns.