August 22, 2007

Camp questions: Is the offense ready?

Kansas State is less than two weeks away from its season opener at SEC power Auburn on Sept. 1, and the Wildcats still have plenty of questions to answer on both sides of the ball. is set to take a look at K-State's most pressing concerns heading into the 2007 season.

How much better will Josh Freeman be?
It's a simple yet loaded question. Freeman's 2006 statistics (51.9 percent completion rate, 1,780 yards, six touchdowns and 15 interceptions) have been analyzed enough. The bottom line is that the talented sophomore needs to become more consistent this season, and the Auburn game will serve as a great opportunity for Freeman to prove capable of valuing the football in a difficult environment.

It's impossible to judge Freeman's camp from just two open practices, but it's safe to say he didn't appear particularly sharp in either outing. Reports indicate that K-State's receivers have had a hard time getting open even in closed practices, which obviously makes things much more difficult for Freeman. Constant shuffling along the offensive line also doesn't help much.

Freeman, at least publicly, has struggled since shredding Texas late last season. K-State needs him to return to that form - or at least something close - to compete at Auburn.

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