K-State hires three football assistant coaches

The Kansas State football program announced the hiring of three new assistant coaches Monday.

* Jeff Rodgers, who spent the last five seasons with the San Francisco 49ers including the last three as assistant special teams coach, was hired as special teams coach. San Francisco led the NFC in net punting in 2007.

* Cornell Jackson, who was Baylor’s running back coach last year, will serve as the Wildcats’ linebackers coach. Jackson, who also has coached at places such as Washington and Arizona State, began his coaching career in 1987 at Butler County Community College.

* Warren Ruggiero, who was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Elon, will be K-State’s quarterback coach. Ruggiero helped develop one of the nation’s top freshman signal-caller’s last season, Scott Riddle, who led Division I-AA in passing yards a game and completions a game.

They replace Matt Wallerstedt (linebacker and special teams coach who took a job at Air Force) and James Franklin (offensive coordinator and quarterback coach who went to Maryland).

Prince also said that defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar also will be in charge of the secondary (assistant Greg Burns left following the 2007 season) and that Dave Brock, who was promoted to offensive coordinator, will continue to oversee the wide receivers.

K-State, 5-7 last season, begins spring practice March 29.