April 22, 2007

Spring Game forgettable for Freeman

Nobody felt worse about Josh Freeman's performance than Freeman on Saturday night. In the first public outing since suffering a 27-point loss to No. 16 Rutgers in the Texas Bowl last December, Kansas State's sophomore quarterback threw for only 44 yards and had two interceptions and two sacks as the Purple team suffered a 19-0 loss to the White squad during the final spring practice at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.

Immediately after the contest and during the Wildcats' autograph session on the field, the 6-foot-6, 239-pound Freeman, who had hoped to offer a statement, endured criticism by one of the 16,732 in attendance.

Freeman's long night - the eight-game starter a year ago completed nine of 22 passes and was hounded by defensive end Rob Jackson much of the game - was about to get a little longer.

The first gentleman in line at Freeman's table handed Freeman a game program. Freeman, still dressed in his purple uniform and with a trail of sweat beading down his brow, obliged and signed it with a grin.

As the gentleman walked away, he asked Freeman, "How many interceptions?"

Freeman, a bit puzzled, replied, "Two."

"More like six." the gentleman asked, turning away.

Freeman paused.

"Obviously," Freeman countered, his voice raising slightly, "I'm not very worried about it."

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