Freeman Taken by Bucs in First Round

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was selected with the No. 17 pick in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft Saturday by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


Freeman, who will play for former Wildcat defensive coordinator and current Bucs head coach Raheem Morris, joins four other Wildcats who have been taken in the first round of the draft (Veryl Switzer, Terence Newman, Clarence Scott and Chris Canty) and becomes the fourth-highest draft pick in school history.


Switzer was taken fourth overall in 1954 by Green Bay, Newman fifth in 2003 by Dallas and Scott 14th overall by Cleveland in 1971. Canty was also taken in the first round by New England back in 1997 at No. 29 overall.


In three seasons at Kansas State, Freeman became the school’s most prolific passer as the Grandview, Mo., native set new school career marks for pass completions (680), attempts (1,151), yards (8,078), touchdowns (44) and total offense (8,421).


In 2008, Freeman threw for 2,945 yards on 224-of-382 passing with 20 touchdowns. Freeman also ran for 404 yards and 14 scores in 2008. The 14 rushing touchdowns were the fourth-most in a single season by a Wildcat quarterback.


Freeman, as a sophomore in 2007, set new single-season school records for pass attempts, completions and yards after throwing for 3,353 yards and 18 touchdowns on 316-of-499 aim.


As a rookie in 2006, Freeman was the lone true freshman in the country to lead his team to bowl game and threw for a K-State freshman record 1,780 yards.