April 21, 2006
Cats hope to impress during Spring Game
Kansas State will finish spring football on Saturday with its Spring Game, and the latest installment of the annual April battle has a different feel heading into the contest than in previous years. New head coach Ron Prince has placed a heavy emphasis on getting a large crowd to Manhattan to watch the Purple and White squads compete, and the roster draft held on Thursday should help creative a more competitive atmosphere.
The Purple squad, which will be coached by offensive coordinator James Franklin and feature quarterbacks Josh Freeman, Allan Evridge and Kevin Lopina, will try to earn bragging right against a White team coached by defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.
Morris' squad will be lead by cornerback Justin McKinney[db], arguably the star of spring football, and linebacker [db]Zach Diles, the first overall selection of the draft.
The Purple-White spring game will kick off at 6 p.m., and Prince has a number of things he'll be looking for Saturday night at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
"From my perspective I want to see if our secondary can be aggressive and make some plays on the ball. I want to see if we can complete some throws against our secondary. That's something I'm very curious about," Prince said. "Can our front on offense handle the pass rush we're trying to generate? How disruptive can we be on the ball defensively?
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