July 31, 2008

Freeman ready to move from Nelson

Just as Josh Freeman proclaimed in June that the wide receiving corps "will be as strong as ever," the Kansas State junior quarterback defended his stance while speaking with reporters at the Big 12 Media Day last Tuesday, scoffing at one preseason notion that the Wildcats' offensive success last season was due to since-departed All-American Jordy Nelson. "When people say Jordy was our offense, we take that as a slap in the face," Freeman said.

"(Nelson) was a great player," Freeman continued. "I was supposed to throw him the ball and I threw him the ball. That's about as far as it goes. When he wasn't open, I moved on. I had a bunch of guys that had pretty good numbers -- Deon Murphy, Jeron Mastrud and Michael Pooschke. We had a number of guys with a lot of receptions. Where a lot of people might get it mixed up is they saw me and Jordy have our own little thing going on, but what it came down to is Jordy was the best player on our team.

"As far as the team goes, you want to get the ball to your best player."

Nelson, a Biletnikoff runner-up, completed a sensational senior season with 122 catches for 1,606 yards and 11 touchdowns. The school's record-holder in several game and season statistical categories, including eight 100-yard receiving games, Nelson accounted for 32.7 percent of the offense during the Wildcats' 5-7 season.

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