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Former Heisman finalist Klein set to join KSU staff as coach

6/26/2014

MANHATTAN (MCT) -- One of the best quarterbacks to play at Kansas State is ready to return as a coach.

Collin Klein, a Heisman Trophy finalist in 2012, says he will soon join K-State's coaching staff in a yet-to-be-determined graduate assistant role.

"I'm sure I'm going to help with the quarterbacks, but obviously anywhere else they need me as far as supporting the offensive staff," Klein told gopowercat.com. "I'm sure I'll have multiple roles. I'd say it's some sort of offensive assistant/quality control role. That's probably what it'll be."

K-State could not confirm the hire, and Klein did not return messages seeking further comment. He told gopowercat.com he hasn't officially joined the Wildcats' staff, but he is eager to help Bill Snyder in a new way.

"Anything and everything I'm willing to do," Klein told gopowercat.com. "It's just what they tell me to do."

Klein starred at K-State from 2008-12, leading the Wildcats to a Big 12 championship and the Fiesta Bowl as a senior. He won 21 games in two seasons as a full-time starter. He holds the school record for career rushing touchdowns and finished his career in the top 10 of most school passing categories.

Since graduating, Klein has attempted to play quarterback as a professional, landing a tryout with the Houston Texans as a rookie and signing with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League last spring. But the Texans didn't invite him to training camp and the Alouettes released him after the team's first preseason game last week.

Rather than switch positions or try to land with another pro team as a quarterback, he has decided to help K-State during the upcoming season as an offensive assistant. He has previously said he would be interested in coaching at the conclusion of his playing career.

"It's a tremendous honor," Klein told gopowercat.com.

"I'm so grateful that they've given me the opportunity. As far as in the quarterback room, we have a great bunch of guys. I know Jake, obviously, and you go down the line and I've had a little opportunity to get know all of them. I'm just truly excited to learn as much as I can, and to contribute as much as I can, and do anything I can do to help the team become successful."