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Mike Kafka has returned to Northwestern.

The former Wildcats quarterback was announced Tuesday as one of three additions to Pat Fitzgerald's coaching staff as graduate assistants, along with Tim Brandon and Steve Pursley. Kafka will have a focus on wide receivers, the team announced.

Kafka, a Chicago native and St. Rita product, played for Fitzgerald for four seasons at Northwestern from 2006 to 2009. After appearing in nine games in his first two seasons, he appeared in eight as a junior and all 13 during the 2009 season as a senior. He threw for 3,430 yards that season and scored a total of 25 touchdowns — 16 through the air, eight on the ground and one receiving.

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Kafka had a ridiculous performance in the 2010 Outback Bowl, throwing for 532 yards and four touchdowns (as well as five interceptions) and rushing for another touchdown. Northwestern lost that mighty entertaining game to Auburn in overtime, 38-35.

Kafka set single-game school records for passing yardage and rushing yardage by a quarterback, and his 3,725 yards of total offense in 2009 still rank second all-time in program history.

Kafka was selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft and played in four games in his NFL career, all with the Eagles during the 2011 season. But he hung around the NFL for a few seasons, making offseason rosters and practice squads through 2015.