As the month of June is about to come to a close, one of the all-time greatest quarterbacks in KSU history is officially making his return to Kansas State. The school made a announcement early this week that Collin Klein is set to take one of the offensive coaching spots—primarily, the quarterbacks coach. Klein, as is well known around Manhattan, became a Heisman finalist back in 2012 in his senior season at K-State. Klein was also the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year in 2012.
With Klein making his return to the Wildcat football team, he will be in a different role on the football field. Klein will be focused on the quarterbacks for his alma mater after signing back on to K-State as a graduate assistant on Bill Snyder’s staff.
After his senior season, Klein was not selected in the 2013 NFL draft. Klein was invited to a few NFL camps, but it did not work out. At the NFL combine, Klein tried to make the NFL as a tight end, but that path was not the best plan.
The former Heisman finalist has also looked for work elsewhere, but was unable find anything at the professional level.
Klein’s return to K-State should help out current quarterback Jake Waters. These two are polar opposites. With Klein being a run-first quarterback, and Waters a passing quarterback, the pairing might defy common sense. But, Klein can offer Waters help with the mental side of the game. Waters, entering his senior season, knows he will be in the spotlight with every move he will make this year—something Klein knows all about after his Heisman-nominated campaign in 2012.
Especially after an up-and-down year in 2013, Waters will look to have the type season that Klein put up in 2012. Klein, in his final season, led the Wildcats to a Big 12 Title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl against Oregon.
Klein will also see some familiar faces still on the roster. Collin’s brother Kyle is one of the current wide receivers for K-State.
Collin Klein Bio
Postion: Quarterback Coach
Hometown: Loveland, Colorado
Highlights: Led K-State 2012 Big 12 Title, 2012 Heisman Finalist
K-State Career Stats
Rushing: 31 Games, 440 carries, 1775 yards, 37 Touchdowns
Passing: 31 Games, 216-359 2,692 yards, 19 Touchdowns 8 INT’s, QB rating 136.2