September 10, 2007

Interceptions still dogging Freeman

Josh Freeman proved he remembered where the end zone was Saturday, as the sophomore quarterback snapped a three-game personal scoring drought that reached back to last season. However, while Freeman ended one dubious streak Saturday, he extended another. The second-year signal caller has now thrown at least one interception in the Wildcats' last five games, a stat that has some K-State fans scratching their heads.

Freeman has thrown 10 interceptions during the course of the streak, a staggering number when you consider the fact that Freeman has tossed just seven touchdowns during his entire collegiate career.

"I want our quarterback to be aggressive," Kansas State head coach Ron Prince said. "We understand there is going to be tight coverage. He just needs to understand that it's OK to call on the check down, It's OK, because of the down-and-distance on the field, to take the safe throw."

So far Freeman's preference has not been the safe throw, however, as his second interception against the Spartans on Saturday was his 19th as a Wildcat, a staggering statistic for a quarterback that has started just 10 games at the position. His relative lack of experience may be his saving grace as many, including Freeman himself, believe the interception numbers will fade with time.

"You're never going to grow as a player if when you win you just put (the mistakes) past you," Freeman said following Saturday's win. "You still have to study, grow from your mistakes and grow from that."

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