October 6, 2006

Can Freeman make a difference for Cats?

The Josh Freeman era of Kansas State football officially begins Saturday at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The highly-touted and very promising quarterback will make his first career start when the Wildcats play host to Oklahoma State, a sign that Coach Ron Prince is beginning to look toward the future while trying to provide his offense with more firepower.

Freeman replaces senior Dylan Meier, who has been erratic throwing the ball and shown questionable arm strength since returning from drastic shoulder surgery performed after the 2004 season.

Prince believes Freeman's strong arm and athleticism could give his offense a charge. With the Wildcats at 3-2 on the season and 0-1 in Big 12 play, more offense could mean more wins for Prince's team. With that said, Prince does not want Freeman to think he has to do it all himself.

"What we want to do is make sure we have good support around him. Everybody around him has to play a clean game and be very precise in what we do," Prince said. "I don't expect the quarterback to go in and win the game, but play well if you can and then in the fourth quarter be prepared to be a hero if necessary. That's really how we try to approach quarterbacking. Quarterbacking really is as much getting your team to perform at its best during the week and in the game."

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