It's official—Collin Klein has swapped his Wildcats stripes for an Aggie maroon. Texas A&M has snagged Klein, the former Kansas State offensive coordinator, in what's seen as a massive score for head coach Mike Elko and his team. Fresh off guiding Kansas State's offense to rank 10th nationally in scoring, Klein is expected to bring his playbook innovation over to College Station. This hiring is a strategic move, as reported by Sports Illustrated, aiming to propel the Aggies into a formidable SEC contender come 2024.
Before taking over as offensive coordinator in 2022, Klein had been making waves with the Wildcats as their quarterbacks coach, shaping the likes of Skylar Thompson and Will Howard. With the ink barely dry on his new deal, Collin Klein, aged 34, shared the New York City spotlight briefly with Heisman winner Johnny Manziel back in 2012. As KSAT.com reports, his offenses are known for tailoring strategies to his quarterbacks' unique talents, ensuring all players on the field have their shot at making an impact.
Texas A&M fans are buzzing at the promise of what a Collin Klein-led offense might look like next season. Expected to inherit an agile and attentive sophomore quarterback in Conner Weigman and not expected to enter the transfer portal is the signal-caller, according to Sports Illustrated. Weigman managed to complete 68.9 percent of his passes before his season was cut short by an injury.
As for Klein's offensive philosophy, it's clear it starts with ball control, with a special knack for cooking up some run-game creativity. KSAT.com lays out the scheme, where Klein might just pull his entire offensive line to open up holes or get crafty with his use of tight ends. This is a coach who knows the value of minimizing turnovers and winning the possession battle.
A&M has their season finale coming up at the TaxAct Texas Bowl against No. 20 Oklahoma State, set to be led through by interim coach Elijah Robinson. While he's stepping in for the bowl game, Robinson won't be sticking around, already having been named the new defensive coordinator for Syracuse earlier in the week. As reported by KSAT.com, the game promises to give a glimpse into the future of the Aggies, one that's just gotten a major offensive upgrade with the arrival of a certain Kansas State sharp mind.