September 27, 2007
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Akina has high respect for KSU quarterback
Although Duane Akina has tried to block out last year's Kansas State game as much as possible from his memory, there's no question that the Texas defensive coordinator has a high amount of respect for Kansas State sophomore quarterback Josh Freeman.
After watching Freeman throw for 269 yards and account for four touchdowns in KSU's shocking 45-42 win over the Longhorns in Manhattan last season, the goal this week is to ensure that history doesn't repeat itself.
"We've all been through that. Being in the Pac-10 for 15 years, you've seen a lot of potential NFL quarterbacks and when they catch a rhythm it get tough," Akina mentioned this week when asked about the hot hand that Freeman had last year. "You need really catch them from catching an early rhythm. I think that's what we've got to do with this kid because he has NFL size with an NFL arm."
According to Akina, the Longhorn will need to raise their level of play because the historically inconsistent Freeman is playing much better football this season week-on and week-out.
"He's throwing the ball quite a bit and he's been efficient with it, so I think you have to keep changing up your pre-snap pictures and try to keep him off-balance," Akina said.
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