October 14, 2008

Freeman keeps up his assault on records

While quarterback Josh Freeman remains a consistent customer, the Kansas State running game found consistency last weekend at Texas A&M behind freshman Logan Dold in his first start. Coach Ron Prince on Monday addressed Freeman and Dold's performances, discussed first-time starting right guard Eric Benoit and the contribution of Gabe Crews, who saw his first action this season at defensive tackle. Meanwhile, a couple uncertainties loom as the Wildcats prepare to face Colorado on Saturday night in Boulder.

Specifically, the status of starting running back Lamark Brown and senior center and co-captain Jordan Bedore remain largely unknown early in the week.

"It's uncertain on Lamark this week," Prince said. "I don't know. The medical people will give me some information (regarding) when he's ready to go. We'll just proceed. I don't know."

Same goes for Bedore, who made 15 consecutive starts before Zach Kendall replaced him as the starter in the Wildcats' 44-30 win at Texas A&M.

"I'm not certain," Prince said. "We've got a couple guys banged up."

At the midway point of the season, the 6-foot-6, 250-pound Freeman certainly appears to be as fresh as he was in the season opener while the junior enters the 6 p.m. kickoff on Saturday on Fox Sports Net putting dents into the record book weekly. Already Freeman is the school's all-time leading passer with 6,642 yards to go along with a school-record 567 completions. He needs just 57 attempts to own that record and, currently with 36 touchdown passes, needs only a pair of scoring tosses to sign his name beside that mark.

Freeman ranks 10th nationally with a passing efficiency rating of 161.7 after completing 111 of 169 passes for 1,509 yards and 12 touchdowns and two interceptions this season.

Most recently, though, Freeman has spent a portion of his time using his legs to gouge defenses as well. Against the Aggies, he rushed 18 times for 95 yards and four touchdowns, all career highs, and now ranks fifth among K-State quarterbacks with 12 touchdowns on the ground this season.

The question becomes: What more could Freeman do for the Wildcats, who are 4-2 overall and 1-1 in the Big 12 and will face struggling Colorado, 3-3 and 0-2?

"All quarterbacks are judged by the number of wins they get and if we get in a two-minute opportunity late in the game that'd be something great for him to show that he can win the game in a two-minute (situation)," Prince said. "Everybody around him has to help him in that area, but he's done everything that we've asked for him to do."

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