August 29, 2007

The power of Josh

Josh Freeman enters his sophomore season as the face of the Kansas State football program. Heck, the entire motto of the season is "The Power of One," which just happens to be Freeman's jersey number. Even if the slogan isn't intended to be about Freeman, it might as well be.

Freeman is a powerful young man. At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, he strikes an imposing figure whether in the media room, in the huddle or just walking across campus. There's no doubting the arm strength, the intelligence, the sheer athletic power found in Freeman. It's a package that many an NFL quarterback would yearn to call his own.

There's also no denying the statistics from his freshman season. He completed just 51.9 percent of his passes and threw a paltry six touchdowns with a whopping 15 interceptions. Those are numbers no quarterback wants to call his own.

Still, he was just a freshman, a few months removed from high school football. Seeing Josh Freeman in person, it's easy to forget that fact. But youth cannot be an excuse for Freeman. As the Wildcats prepare to open their season Saturday at Auburn, Freeman is the starting quarterback without hesitation. This is his offense, his team.

And with that in mind, Coach Ron Prince has been putting his star pupil through a hurried development process. On and off the field.

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