“It’s a tremendous honor,” Klein said in the release. “Anyone that is familiar with the game of football recognizes that name. I’m just happy to represent Kansas State, our team and what we’ve been able to accomplish this season.”
Klein was one of five finalists for the award, which honors the nation’s top quarterback. Klein finished the regular season with an over 66 percent completion rate (180-of-272) for 2,490 yards and 15 touchdowns. On the ground, he rushed for 890 yards and 15 touchdowns.
He led the Wildcats to an 11-1 record this season along with a Big 12 Championship and an invite to the Fiesta Bowl.
The award puts him in the same company as current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, who won the Unitas award in 1997.
Klein will be presented with the award Friday in Baltimore, Md., and is also expected to be one of the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy, which will be presented Saturday in New York.