MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Collin Klein is one of the best quarterbacks in K-State history. The former Wildcat is back on the sidelines in Manhattan trying to help K-State get back to the top of the college football world.
Klein helped K-State win a Big 12 Championship, snag a number one national ranking, he was a Heisman finalist in 2012, and now is back as a quarterbacks coach for the Wildcats.
"It is a little bit surreal," said Klein. "The road you go in with your life kind of prepares you for that moment when it happens and if you work hard and take care of your business so it's been a pleasure. I love coming to work with these guys."
Klein comes back to Manhattan after working as an assistant coach at Northern Iowa for a season.
"I think he'll grow and grow and grow and he's committed to that. That's the way he was as a player," said Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder. "He was one of those guys who really bought in to the system and the process and was committed to the process and nothing has changed in that respect."
As a player Klein took Snyder's system and exploded for more than seven thousand yards of total offense and 85 touchdowns during his illustrious career at K-State.
"I remember seeing Collin play on TV when I was watching Mizzou games," said Kansas State freshman quarterback Skylar Thompson. "Everybody was like talking about this quarterback at K-State, you know Collin Klein, and just all of the amazing numbers and stats he was putting up."
"He knows the plays extremely well," said Kansas State senior quarterback Jesse Ertz. "He knows from a player's perspective what plays we're probably going to like more than others. He knows the harder things to do."
Klein is one of six K-State coaches on the staff who played their college football at K-State. The touchdowns and trophies are great memories but they aren't the only reason Klein is back on the sidelines at K-State.
"This has been a special place to both Shalin and I for a lot of years, and a lot of amazing memories, and a lot of amazing people mainly," said Klein. "It's a special place as we all know and to be back is truly a blessing."
"Collin is a good good young man. I've enjoyed him so much when we brought him here," said Snyder. "I enjoyed him throughout his career as a player here and I'm enjoying him here as a coach."
"You know sometimes I have to pinch myself a little bit because it is a little bit surreal," said Klein.