October 5, 2006

K-State: Five questions

Prior to each of Oklahoma State's Big 12 contests in 2006, OStateIllustrated.com will swap "Five questions" articles with the site publisher of that week's opponent. Up first is GoPowercat.com's Matt Hall, answering our five questions about the OSU-KSU matchup in Manhattan on Saturday.

1. Coach Prince's decision to go with the freshman QB is of course the hot topic. What's behind the decision? Is it a case of Freeman being the guy who gives KSU the best chance to win now or getting the talented youngster experience now?

I truly think it might be a little bit of both. There's no denying that Josh Freeman has a lot of physical ability and a very imposing presence at 6-foot-6 and around 240 pounds. He's got an extremely strong arm and is very hard to bring down in the pocket, but he's yet to truly show that he's capable of competing consistently at this level. It's hard to sugarcoat his season numbers of 14-of-47 (29.8 percent completion rate) with four interceptions and no touchdowns. Ron Prince said he went with Freeman becuase of his ability to make all of the throws and attack all parts of the field, things he certainly can do, but you also get the feel the move was made in part to get Freeman experience.

2. What's the story with the Wildcat running game - two games around 100 yards in a row but a major struggle against Baylor?

The Wildcats have a lot of problems in the running game. Thomas Clayton, a fifth-year senior and returning starter, topped the 100-yard mark against Louisville in the fourth quarter alone and also had a 69-yard touchdown run against the Cardinals, but he was unable to produce anything against Baylor.

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