Klein to return to K-State as coach

By Grant Guggisberg

Less than two weeks ago, former Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein had plans to spend the rest of his summer — and perhaps the fall — in Canada, fighting tooth and nail for a roster spot on the Canadian Football League’s Montreal Alouettes.

When his release came just a day after the team’s first preseason game, he instead boarded a plane back to Kansas, quickly setting up new opportunities, which according to gopowercat.com, will include a coaching spot with the K-State football program.

In the world of professional football, plans can change just that fast.

Klein told the website he doesn’t know exactly what his role at K-State will be, but is willing to do “anything and everything” to help the team.

“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.”

Klein could not be reached for comment Thursday morning and K-State officials could not confirm the hire.

Klein returns to K-State after leading the team to a Big 12 title and No. 1 national ranking in 2012 with a berth in the Fiesta Bowl. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist as a senior and holds the school record for rushing touchdowns.

The K-State standout landed in Canada after failing to secure an NFL contract following his successful career at K-State. He received a tryout invitation from the Houston Texans, impressing former head coach Gary Kubiak in the process, but did not receive a contract. Klein then spent more than a year away from professional football before impressing CFL scouts at the Alouette’s minicamp in April.

He played for Montreal in its preseason opener, but came in late in the third quarter, long after teammates Tanner Marsh and Alex Brink shared the quarterback duties in the first half. Despite only seeing limited playing time, Klein led a long drive that ended in a field goal to help the Alouettes retake the lead, but his performance wasn’t enough to keep him around.

In the gopowercat.com report, Klein expressed gratitude toward the K-State program for allowing him to return.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Klein told the website. “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 (Waters), 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.”

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