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Jake Plummer mentoring Collin Klein heading into draft

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When Jake Plummer walked away from the NFL in 2007 to devote himself to his handball career, it seemed like a long shot that he’d one day become a coach.

Life takes some strange turns sometimes, though. Plummer has done some high school coaching and he’s now tutoring Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein as Klein prepares for April’s draft.

“The coach-player relationship is unique, and I probably took it for granted when I was playing a little bit,” Plummer said, via Jeff Legwold of the Denver Post. “It’s a strange thing when you get out of playing in the NFL. There’s nothing that would make you feel the way the game does. I struggled for a while with that, but I think I can give back something, and the time just felt right.”

Klein was a sensational college player for Kansas State, making plays with his feet and his arm on his way to finishing third in the voting for the Heisman trophy. He didn’t play in a pro style offense, though, and his performance at the East-West Shrine Game raised serious concerns about his ability to make the plays necessary for success in the NFL.

Plummer might not be able to fix that, but he’s using the drills he learned from coaches like Hue Jackson and Marc Trestman to give it his best shot. If Klein does wind up panning out, he probably won’t be the last prospect to look to Jake the Snake for help on the way to the NFL.

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7 Responses to “Jake Plummer mentoring Collin Klein heading into draft”
  1. scoops1 says: Feb 18, 2013 9:57 AM

    Jake got a raw deal in Denver…

    If Shannahan had tailored the offense around Jake’s skill like Shann is doing now for RG3, Jake would still be playing

  2. randyschwimmer7 says: Feb 18, 2013 9:59 AM

    THE SNAKE!!!!!!!!!

  3. eatitfanboy says: Feb 18, 2013 10:02 AM

    I think most NFL teams would sooner use a draft pick on 38 year old Jake Plummer if it were possible before they would use one on Colin Klein.

  4. asublimeday says: Feb 18, 2013 10:30 AM

    This should be terrifying to anyone who supports Calvin

  5. jimfix says: Feb 18, 2013 11:38 AM

    Man, I want a whole blog dedicated to Jake Plummer.

  6. tackleberries says: Feb 18, 2013 1:26 PM

    This seems like such an odd couple. Everything I’ve ever read about Plummer leads me to believe he’s a free spirit kind of a guy, while Klein is very religious. Very curious to see where this kid gets drafted.

  7. asyoulay69 says: Feb 18, 2013 2:25 PM

    I still would like my 49ers to take a chance on Colin Klein. I feel Harbaugh can make a QB out of him.

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