April 4, 2007

K-State's work started before spring

Kansas State coach Ron Prince on Tuesday called the Wildcats' first four spring practices "very spirited." In the case of the offense, there could be a reason partially responsible for that sentiment. Apparently long before the Wildcats embarked on the first of 15 spring practices last week, the unit was already fired up. It conducted offseason practices with hopes of getting a jumpstart on improving upon last season's 7-6 record.

Taking the lead in the pre-spring effort was a certain 6-foot-6, 238-pound sophomore quarterback who wanted to get the offense up to snuff in mastering the playbook before the Wildcats showcased their wares in front of coaches.

"The whole winter and off-season after we'd run in the afternoon, we had the younger guys get in here and work on plays," Josh Freeman said following a late Thursday night in the indoor practice facility. "A lot of the older guys had experience in the offense. We got everybody integrated into what we're trying to do. There was some leadership by the older guys in getting everybody in here during the winter and we pretty much had practices without the coaches. It really caught us up to speed. We pretty much had everybody, except if somebody had class. But other than that, we demanded that everybody be there.

"And everybody showed up. It was just us working out."

Asked whether he initiated the practices, Freeman replied, "I did my part."

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