Klein returning to K-State as QB coach

By Joel Jellison

After a one-year absence from the program, former Kansas State quarterback and assistant coach Collin Klein is coming back to the Wildcats. first reported late Saturday that Klein was expected to leave his post as quarterback coach at Northern Iowa and return to Manhattan to serve in the same capacity on Bill Snyder’s staff.

It’s expected that Klein will replace current co-offensive coordinator/quarterback coach Del Miller, who announced his retirement on Monday. He will remain with the school as a quaility control coach until his contract expires in May.

K-State is expected to formally announce the move sometime this week.

Klein starred at quarterback for the Wildcats and led the squad to a Big 12 Championship and a BCS bowl berth in 2012. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist that season, finishing third in the voting.

During his career at K-State he threw for 4,724 yards and 30 touchdowns, and added 2,485 rushing yards and another 56 scores. Klein dabbled with professional football after his college career ended, but ultimately returned as a graduate assistant in 2014.

Klein spent two seasons on the sidelines for the Wildcats, serving as defensive quality control coach for one season and as an offensive graduate assistant in his final year. He also served as assistant director of recruiting, handling on campus recruitment.

During his two seasons he coached Jake Waters during his senior season in 2014, and then helped the group of quarterbacks who played in 2015 while the Wildcats dealt with injuries under center.

Klein’s biggest success was with Waters, who threw for a school-record 3,501 yards in 2014.

K-State returns starting quarterback Jesse Ertz next season, and has depth with Alex Delton and Skylar Thompson on the bench.

Klein departed for Northern Iowa last year for his first full-time coaching job, and helped the Panthers to a 5-6 record and a win over Big 12-school Iowa State.

Miller’s had a long career serving under Snyder.

He’s coached 20 seasons at K-State and served on Snyder’s original staff in 1989.

Miller came to K-State with Snyder after coaching alongside him under coach Hayden Fry at Iowa.

Miller, 66, left his post as K-State offensive coordinator in 1995 to become the head coach at Missouri State and spent four seasons in Springfield, Missouri.

He came back to K-State in 2001 and left in 2005 when Snyder retired. He came back in 2009 when Snyder returned to his post as head coach.

Miller’s contract paid him $511,000 in 2015.

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