Collin Klein passing camp makes stop in Topeka

Collin Klein poses for a picture following a 2013 football camp at Washburn's Yager Stadium.

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Heisman Trophy finalist Collin Klein made an appearance to Topeka on Monday for his newly formed summer camp.

Klein said that it felt right to step on the other side of the field and share his knowledge of the sport for younger players.

“No question. It feels like a long time ago but in reality it wasn’t that long ago that I was in their shoes and being able to just give them something here and there, encourage them again and give them a little nugget on and off the field that would be beneficial,” Klein said.

It’s the fifth stop out of seven cities on his tour around the state.

“It’s something that I kind of always really wanted to do,” Klein said. “We talked about doing it and kicking the tires around on it and it kind of came to the point where we knew we could get it done this year and so it’s been amazing.”

Former Washburn quarterback Dane Simoneau is one of the assistant coaches for the camp and he also sees another perspective on the game.

“Getting coached all the way through your career and now you make the transition to now teaching younger kids,” Simoneau said. “Collin’s got a great message for these kids and we’re on the road or on the field it seems like and Collin’s a great kid, one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet and really shaping these kids and we’re having a lot of fun.”

The camp continues on Tuesday in Simoneau’s hometown of Salina and concludes Wednesday in Dodge City.

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