September 5, 2008

Freeman sitting on the verge of greatness

Just two years ago, Josh Freeman was the new guy in a sea of quarterbacks in Kansas State's spring practices. It didn't take long for him to become the guy under center. Now as a junior, it's clear that Freeman is not just a team leader because he carries the title of captain, but because he is liked, admired and trusted in the locker room and on the field. And, according to his teammates, he's also on the verge of busting loose into a certified star for the Wildcats.

"It's definitely different being an upperclassmen," Freeman said. "These guys look to me for encouragement and they look to me to help get them going. It's definitely my role."

There's an obvious change in Josh Freeman this season, both on and off the field. He's clearly more at ease on the field, in the huddle, in the pocket and just being at the helm of K-State's offense. He's also more at ease in the interview room, confident in his answers and now sure of who he is as a young man.

The numbers will likely back up this change, even if explaining this new Freeman is currently less tangible.

"The game is always slowing down. A third year is always better than a second year," Freeman said. "There was a real comfort level in knowing the system and knowing what your guys are capable of doing."

The real change, though, is that Freeman has grown out of the little brother role. Well, as little as a 6-foot-6, 250-pound quarterback with an iron physique can be.

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