March 27, 2007

Franklin excited to start spring practice

Last year James Franklin was new to Kansas State, much like the vast majority of Wildcat coaches last spring. A fair amount of turnover on Head Coach Ron Prince's staff brings plenty of new faces to the program once again, but Franklin, the Wildcats' offensive coordinator, is one returnee looking forward to picking up where he left off a season ago.

On starting your second spring practice as offensive coordinator…
"We're excited. I think last year helped lay a foundation for what we're trying to do here as an organization and an offense. There is some familiarity there that helps make everybody a little more comfortable, but obviously you're always trying to take steps further in terms of being more comfortable and confident in what you're doing while also trying to add some things and tweaks to your offense."

What's the most important thing to do on offense this spring?
"I think just gain more consistency on offense as far as eliminating turnovers and penalties. I think if we can improve in those two areas we'll be more consistent and explosive, and other things will start to fall into place for us."

On Josh Freeman's development…
"I think he's growing on and off the field, doing all the things we want and spending a lot of time working on things. We went bowling on Saturday, and I won. Carson (Coffman) came in second, so things are going well. He's working hard and has lots of tools. Maturity is the big thing; when you walk in and become a starting quarterback in the Big 12 when you're 18-years-old, that's impressive, but obviously there are still things to work on. We're trying to have him strive and improve and take his game to the next level."

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