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Wildcats QB Klein to call his own plays

POSTED April 24, 2012 10:58 p.m.
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Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein will be calling his own plays Saturday afternoon when the Purple vs. White spring game is staged, starting at 1:10 inside Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan.
“I look forward to doing it,” said Klein on Tuesday during an interview session at the Vanier Football Complex, “and hopefully I can do it more in a road game situation.
“Last year, during the end of the season, there was more flexibility to check things that we saw, or was in the game plan. It is a part of growing.”
The Wildcats had an ever-growing run game last season with Klein at the controls. He rushed for 1,099 yards on a Big 12-leading 293 attempts through Kansas State 12 regular-season games. He also completed 145 of 241 passes for 1,745 yards with 12 touchdowns and five interceptions.
Entering his senior season in the fall, the 6-foot-5, 226-pound Klein says he wants to add dimensions to what he accomplished last season in being a run-first quarterback, and it’s likely he’ll put some of it on display during the spring game.
The Wildcats finished with a No. 11 national ranking by The Associated Press and a 10-3 record, falling to Arkansas in the Cotton Bowl at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
“What I am doing is feeling more comfortable with that, pulling the trigger and going after it right away,” Klein said. “Working with the coaches is what has been helping me grow in that role, and the trust and communication between us, through that, ‘Hey, this is what I was seeing … this is why I did what I did … this why this was not good.’
“We will work through that. It is just a working relationship with trust and communication, and educating myself that we are all on the same page and making great decisions.”
Running back John Hubert (5-7, 185) will be returning for his junior campaign this fall. He rushed for 970 yards in 200 carries and ran for three  touchdowns last season.
Also seeking backfield duty is special-teams player and pint-sized Robert Rose (5-4, 174), a Miami, Fla., native.
“I am pretty anxious just to play the game,” Rose said. “We have been grounded for the entire spring and you just want to let it all out.”
Hutchinson Community College product Angelo Pease (5-11, 215), a quarterback converted to running back, ran out of the Wildcat formation at times for Kansas State last season as a junior.
“We are all competitive,” Rose said. “John is a great guy. Angelo is so versatile; he can throw the ball in the backfield. He is just an all-around athlete.
 “I am not as athletic as them as far as throwing the ball, but I feel like I can be as good a back, as far as running and catching.”

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