September 6, 2008

Freeman continues to dismantle defenses

Just two games into the 2008 season, there's little doubt about whom this Kansas State team belongs to. Wildcat quarterback Josh Freeman's stock, much like his name in the record books, continues to rise, and it's beginning to look like the junior has a legitimate chance of solidifying himself as one of the nation's truly elite players very soon.

Freeman's two touchdown passes on Saturday pushed him into a tie with K-State Ring of Honor member Lynn Dickey for fifth in school history. The junior trails former Wildcat quarterback and current Montana State assistant coach Jonathan Beasley, who occupies the No. 4 spot, by just four scores and is just 10 short of supplanting Ell Roberson as the school's all-time leader.

Yes, it seems as though the not-so-little freshman that could, is finally all grown up.

"We want to fully develop his game," said K-State head coach Ron Prince. "He's had to learn in games. I understand that, and that's been part of his maturation process. We feel like he's a fully developed quarterback."

But according to the Wildcat coaching staff, Freeman's all-out assault on nearly every school passing record isn't, by any means, the most telling or important thing.

"I look at yards per attempt," said K-State offensive coordinator Dave Brock I really think that's an important statistic. When you throw the ball a certain amount of times you want to average a certain amount of yards per attempt. Over time, the more efficient you are in that you can have a pretty good offense, you average eight or nine yards per attempt. You really like to look at that. Efficiency wise, at the end of the day if you're a great first-down team you take care of a lot of things. And if you're not, you better take care of them on third down."

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