July 27, 2007

Taking responsibility

Perhaps the only surprise in addressing the issue was his candid demeanor, but Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman in recalling last season in San Antonio earlier in the week admitted Coach Ron Prince "really did act like a shield" during his freshman season with the Wildcats.

Freeman in June was equally as blunt in indicating to Powercat Illustrated that he expects no excuses as he guides the Wildcats' offense in his sophomore season.

"Other people try to make excuses for me that 2006 was my freshman year," Freeman told PI. "This year, I've got to go. I've got to get things done. I have nothing to hide behind. It's all on me. I've got to get it done."

Freeman, a 6-foot-6, 250-pounder from Grandview, Mo., who threw for 1,780 yards and six touchdowns and 15 interceptions for the 7-6 Wildcats, joined Prince and two other players at the annual Big 12 Media Days in the Wyndham's St. Anthony Hotel on Wednesday.

The most highly-touted high school passer in K-State history, Freeman, rated as the fourth-best pro-style prep quarterback by Rivals.com, spurned a longtime relationship with Nebraska to join Prince in his first season with the Wildcats.

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