August 13, 2006
Freeman's growth continues
Walking off of the grass practice field, Kansas State true freshman Josh Freeman made it clear. "I personally think I should be the starter," he said. During the two-and-a-half hour session, the true freshman quarterback showed apparent progress from the initial open practice a week ago. Amid mid-90 degree temperatures Saturday afternoon, the quarterback competition continued to heat up. Arguably nobody on the field sizzled quite like Freeman, though.
What started out as Freeman and senior Dylan Meier, the two remaining quarterbacks currently on roster, playing a game of soft catch while sitting on their knees between the goal line and the 5-yard line turned into a focus session for Freeman.
The 6-foot-6, 238-pound Freeman, shackled to first-year offensive coordinator James Franklin most of the afternoon, looked crisp during drills and confident in the pocket while Meier jogged back and forth from special teams drills - Meier is the holder on field goals - and worked alongside Freeman on drop backs and also took reps with the first-team offense.
Coach Ron Prince indicated the race for starting duties remained too close to call, as the Wildcats prepare for their season opener against Illinois State on Sept. 2.
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