April 21, 2007

Defense dominates Purple & White game

Kansas State sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman hoped Saturday night's Spring Game would serve as a chance to show just how far he's come since struggling in the final two games of the 2006 season. The 6-foot-6 signal caller never found a rhythm, however, as his Purple team fell 19-0 to a White squad paced by a dominating defense that held Freeman and his teammates to zero yards of offense for the game.

Freeman was looking to erase the bad taste of turning the ball over a combined nine times in the last two games of his freshman season - a pair of blowout losses to Kansas in the regular season finale and Rutgers in the Texas Bowl - but was unable to do so in his first true public appearance since those games.

The Grandview, Mo., native finished 9 of 22 for 44 yards and two interceptions.

"It's definitely frustrating to an extent," Freeman said afterwards. "I felt good coming in this morning, felt good all day, just didn't translate it into anything on the field like you'd want it to."

Plenty of credit must be given to a White defense featuring the likes of 2006 standouts Rob Jackson, Ian Campbell, Josh Moore and Marcus Watts that was able to harass Freeman and the Purple offense even though it was unable to hit the quarterback by rule.

"The White defense did a terrific job. It was clear that the White defense was too fast, too good and very well coached. I was very pleased with them," Coach Ron Prince said.

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