September 4, 2007

Teammates impressed by Freeman's play


It's no secret. Ian Campbell during the offseason said he could be tough on Josh Freeman. Campbell calls Freeman his little brother. Freeman said Campbell is like a big brother. The duo, which could be found jawing at each other from opposite ends of the line of scrimmage during spring practice, often shared a ride home afterward. Campbell said Saturday night wasn't a time to be tough on Freeman.

Not after Freeman's gutsy 32-of-57 passing performance for 268 yards and two interceptions, an outing that also included one lost fumble late, 20 quarterback hurries and two sacks.

Not after K-State came within minutes of upsetting No. 18 Auburn at Jordan-Hare Stadium before they fell, 23-13. Heartbreaking? Yes. But a time for lending support instead of casting blame.

"Absolutely, I would never come down on Josh," said Campbell, a preseason All-Big 12 selection who had 2.5 tackles for a loss and half a sack last weekend. "The guy does a tremendous job in everything he does. That's why I'm hard on him when it's time to be hard on him and that's why I'm there to take him under my wing when it's needed."

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