April 23, 2007

Spring Review: Quarterbacks

Quarterbacks always grab the headlines, so it comes as no surprise that much of the focus of the fans at Kansas State this spring was on quarterbacks Josh Freeman and Carson Coffman. Did Freeman take the strides expected of him after a sometimes thrilling but inconsistent freshman season? Is Coffman capable of being a reliable replacement if needed? Those questions started to get answered this spring.

The Good News… Freeman looks much better physically than he did even a year ago, and he was an impressive specimen last season. The 6-foot-6 signal caller is still listed at 238 pounds but is reportedly in the 250-255 range without any added fat. The sophomore proved just how good he could be by earning back-to-back Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts in wins over Colorado and Texas last season, and now it appears that Freeman has a much better grasp of the offense and is more comfortable as a leader. His consistency may not have been great over the spring, but it's difficult to develop chemistry with the wide receivers when working with mixed groups of players.

Coffman is further along than some would have expected and looks to be a confident, accurate thrower. The 6-foot-2 freshman never lost a game as a starter in high school and continued to be a winner by leading the White team to a 19-0 victory over Freeman's Purple squad in the Spring Game. K-State might not be in as much trouble as one would think if something were to happen to Freeman.

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