Jake Waters was hanging out in the football facility at Kansas State one day over the summer when the current Kansas State quarterback bumped into a former Kansas State quarterback.
“Well,” Collin Klein said, “I’m a coach now.”
The 2012 Heisman Trophy finalist who was 21-5 as a starter and led the Wildcats to a No. 1 ranking, a Big 12 championship and a Fiesta Bowl his final season, would become a defensive quality control assistant and the assistant director of recruiting.
Waters was thrilled. Replacing Klein was one of the main reasons he picked Kansas State over Penn State. He suddenly had a chance to replicate Klein.
“It’s incredible,” Waters said. “I was probably the happiest person when they hired him. He was in the offense for four or five years and he knows it like the back of his hand. For me to be able to pick his brain, I’m probably annoying to him just because I’m trying to get so much out of him knowing what he did for Kansas State and how he played and how much he knew.”