For Klein, 'The Sky is The Limit'

Sammuel Lamur

Aug. 17, 2011

Editor’s Note: “K-State Sports Extra” continues its nine-part look at the 2011 Wildcats with each assistant coach taking an in-depth look at his respective position.

By Mark Janssen - K-State Sports Extra

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Del Miller felt so certain about it that on K-State’s Media Day, he said of the quarterback position, “Collin (Klein) will start the first game, and we really feel good about it.”

Good about the position at the top, plus he added, “We have more depth than we’ve had in the past. It’s very competitive for that second spot.”

Klein, a 6-foot-5, 226-pound junior, started two games last year, which included guiding the Wildcats to a bowl-eligibility win over Texas when he rushed for 127 yards – a rushing record for a first-time K-State starting quarterback.

For the total season, Klein passed for 138 yards (11-of-18) with one touchdown and no interceptions, plus he rushed for 432 yards and a half-dozen scores.

As the Wildcats are in the midst of two-a-days, Miller says of Klein, “The sky is the limit for him. He’s really turned into a strong leader for us. He has an impeccable work-ethic … just unbelievable. At that size, he can really run, plus he has an arm that is really good.”

Those outside the K-State program have questioned Klein’s right arm, but Miller says, “What you saw last year had more to do with what we were calling as opposed to what he was capable of doing. He has a really good arm by Big 12 standards, and he’s worked hard with his mechanics. You give Collin something to correct and he’s going to do it.”

Competing for the backup role are Sammuel Lamur (6-4, 221, Jr.) and Justin Tuggle (6-3. 227, Jr.).

“Both of those guys had good springs and will give us more depth than before,” said Miller. “Sammuel has been in the program for a while and has an understanding of what we want him to do. Justin has a tremendous work-ethic, and both have good size, good range and some athleticism.”

Lamur’s career has included stops at Independence Community College and Joliet Junior College with career totals of 37-of-92 for 265 yards. Last year in four games as a third-teamer, Lamur, who is the twin brother of Wildcat linebacker Emmanuel Lamur, hit all three of his passes for 28 yards.

Tuggle played in 2009 at Boston College before transferring to Blinn College last season. Last year, he passed for 2,015 yards and 17 scores, plus rushed for 733 yards and 12 touchdowns.

As for redshirt freshman Sam Johnson and true freshman Daniel Sams, Miller said, “I like what I see, but it will take time to learn our system.”

MEET Del Miller (Co-Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks)
• 15th year on the K-State staff
• Assistant coach from 1989-1994, 2001-2005 and 2009-11
• Other collegiate stops at Missouri State as head coach (1995-98) and as an assistant at Iowa (1978-88), Oklahoma State (2000) and San Diego State (2006-08)
• Played at Central College in Iowa
• Native of Marengo, Iowa
• Been a part of 14 bowl games
• Wife – Jan; Children – Todd, Tad and Troy

Collin Klein, 6-5, 226, Jr., Loveland, Colo. (Loveland)
Sam Johnson, 5-11, 215, RFr., Topeka, Kan. (Topeka)
Sammuel Lamur, 6-4, 221, Sr., West Palm Beach, Fla. (Joliet JC)
Daniel Sams, 6-2, 210, Fr., Slidell, La. (Salem)
Justin Tuggle, 6-3, 227, Jr., Alpharetta, Ga. (Blinn College)

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