Captains Named for 2008 Football Season

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State head football coach Ron Prince announced prior to the 2008 spring game the names of four players voted by their teammates to serve as captains for the 2008 season.


Quarterback Josh Freeman and offensive lineman Jordan Bedore were chosen to represent the offense, while defensive end Ian Campbell and safety Chris Carney were voted to represent the defense.


Freeman and Campbell will serve as captains for the second straight season, while Bedore and Carney will be serving their first terms as team captains.


Campbell, a two-time All-Big 12 selection, enters his senior season as one of the top defensive linemen in school history and currently has 16.0 sacks and 28.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. The Cimarron native tied the single-season school record with 11.5 sacks in 2006 and currently needs just two more sacks to enter the school’s top 10 career list. Last season, Campbell totaled 45 tackles, including a team-best 11 tackles for loss and a Big 12-best four fumble recoveries. The defensive end also recorded 4.5 sacks and one interception, in which he returned for a score in a win at No. 7 Texas.


K-State’s returning starter at quarterback and one of the country’s top signal-callers, the physically-imposing Freeman possesses one of the nation’s strongest arms. The junior honors candidate has made 18 consecutive starts in his career heading into the 2008 season and will continue to develop as a quarterback and key leader of the offense. In 2007, Freeman threw for a K-State record 3,353 yards and 18 touchdowns while also setting school marks for completions (316) and attempts (499) in a season and completions in a game with 36 (at Oklahoma State). The Kansas City, Mo., native collected four 300-yard passing performances in 2007, setting a school record.

Bedore, a Goodland native, returns for his senior season as one of the Cats’ most experienced lineman with 22 career starts. Last season, Bedore started and graded out very well over the first five games of the season before suffering a season-ending injury. A recipient of the 2007 Anthony Bates Memorial Award, Bedore exemplifies the award by best promoting team unity and unselfishness for the benefit of the team


Carney, a Denver, Colo., native, finished the 2007 season first on the team in interceptions with four and fifth in tackles with 64 and was perhaps the most consistent player defensively for the Cats last season. The junior had a breakout season in 2007 and was honored this spring with the award for the most improved defensive player in the K-State program.


Kansas State will kick off its 2008 season on Saturday, August 30, when North Texas visits Bill Snyder Family Stadium.