Notre Dame offensive coordinator candidate: Collin Klein

Notre Dame has a vacancy at offensive coordinator after Tommy Rees took the same position on Nick Saban’s Alabama staff in early February. Where will Marcus Freeman and Notre Dame turn for their new offensive coordinator?

Here at Fighting Irish Wire we’ll be giving you a bio and career summary of some of the coaches that emerge as candidates. We’re also making an effort for some guest contributors who have either followed or covered each potential candidate’s coaching careers.

The latest candidate to emerge is Kansas State offensive coordinator Collin Klein.  For those unfamiliar, his story sounds a ton like one we just heard a week ago at Notre Dame.  Here’s what to know and a few of the things you’ve got to like about the former Heisman Trophy finalist.

Success Despite Being Shorthanded

Will Howard filled in admirably for Adrian Martinez, helping the Wildcats to a Big 12 Championship. – Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Adrian Martinez transferred from Nebraska and helped Kansas State get off to a hot start that included an upset victory at then top-10 Oklahoma.  Martinez was hurt in the October meeting against TCU however and played the majority of just one game the rest of the season, a loss at Texas.

Despite this, Will Howard filled in admirably for Kansas State. They averaged 41 points per game in the five games that followed the Martinez exit, all of which came against Big 12 opponents.  Oh, and the Wildcats went 5-0 in those contests, including a 31-28 overtime win over TCU to win the Big 12 championship.

Dominant Running Game

Running back Deuce Vaughn and his 1,936 scrimmage yards were a huge reason for Kansas State’s offensive success in 2022. Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

If you remember Collin Klein as a player it wasn’t his ability to throw that ball that scared opponents.  He threw 30…

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