April 15, 2006

Freeman impressive working with starters

Perhaps the most watched Kansas State player this spring, both by the media and Wildcat fans, has been true freshman quarterback Josh Freeman. The attention paid to Freeman comes as little surprise, as it's natural to wonder just how one of the most decorated recruits in program history would perform after finishing high school a semester early to participate in spring drills.

Freeman stood out even more than normal on Saturday, however, thanks to the fact he worked with the No. 1 offensive unit for the first time publicly in what was the third practice this spring open to the media. Although it was the first time the fans have seen it, Saturday's practice didn't represent Freeman's first work with the first team.

"I've been working with the ones all week. I'm excited about it," Freeman said. "It's fun to work with guys like Jordy (Nelson) and Rashaad (Norwood), they're incredible players. It's nice to be behind the first-team offensive line too.

"I think I could say that I had a fairly decent practice on Monday with the ones, and I've just kind of rotated with them ever since."

Since spring practice started K-State has used a 1-2-1-3 rotation at quarterback, meaning one first-team quarterback (Freeman) goes first, followed by a No. 2 (redshirt freshman Kevin Lopina on Saturday), then the other first-team signal caller (sophomore Allan Evridge) and finally the No. 3 quarterback, which was senior Dylan Meier for the third consecutive week.

Lopina and Evridge have each spent a Saturday practice working with the first group of ones as Head Coach Ron Prince continues to attempt to get a handle on his quarterback situation.

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