July 29, 2007

Cats look to surprise media again

Kansas State made waves a year ago. The Wildcats, who were projected by the Big 12 media to finish sixth in the North, ended in a second-place tie with Missouri in the division, marking the largest differential between projected and actual finish by any league team. This season, the Wildcats are selected to finish third. Quarterback Josh Freeman understands it all.

"I feel like teams are unsure about us because of the level of inconsistency we showed last year, but one thing, teams definitely respect us," Freeman said during the Big 12 Media Days earlier this week. "In talking to some of my friends around the Big 12, they see us as a legitimate threat coming into next season."

K-State comes off a 7-6 season and the program's first bowl appearance after a two-year absence. It has finished better than the Big 12 media projection in six of 11 seasons. Last season marked the first time the Wildcats were predicted by the media to finish sixth in the North. It also marked the Wildcats' largest differential between projected and actual finish that occurred in the team's favor. The Wildcats were projected to finish first in the North in 2004 and finished tied for fifth. That marked their largest drop between projected and actual finish.

"I can't predict the future," Freeman said. "All I can give you is that I'll be working hard and the team will be working hard and we'll try to get as many wins as possible."

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