Freeman Named Big 12 Player of the Week

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman was nearly flawless in leading the Wildcats to a 34-21 road victory at Colorado Saturday that made the Wildcats bowl-eligible for the first time since 2003.

Monday, Freeman was rewarded for his outstanding play as the freshman was named the league’s Offensive Player of the Week for games of Nov. 4 in voting by a select panel of media that cover the conference, Big 12 officials announced.

Freeman completed 22-of-26 passes (84.6 percent) for 251 yards two touchdowns against the Buffaloes and finished the game without a turnover.

His 84.6 completion percentage is the highest in any Big 12 conference game this year and the second best in K-State history behind Brian Kavanagh’s 19-for-22 (86.4 percent) effort vs. Indiana State in 1996.

On the day, Freeman was incredibly efficient and engineered six K-State scoring drives, including a key 74-yard hook-up with Jordy Nelson early in the fourth-quarter that put K-State on top 27-14. The play is the Wildcats’ longest from scrimmage this season and one of the longest pass plays in the Big 12 this year

Freeman also connected with Yamon Figurs from nine yards out to put K-State on top 14-0 midway through the second quarter and had the key block on Figurs’ fourth quarter reverse that went for a 30-yard touchdown as the 6-foot-6 freshman screened off two defenders at the 5-yard line to help usher Figurs into the end zone

Freeman opened the game by completing 18 of his first 19 attempts and did not miss his second pass until a fourth-quarter drop in the flat by tight end Jeron Mastrud.

Freeman is the fourth Wildcat to earn conference player-of-the-week honors this season Kansas State’s most since having five in 2003 and the first K-State quarterback to do so since Ell Roberson received the award following his performance in Kansas State’s 38-9 win at Nebraska on Nov. 15, 2003.

Ian Campbell was tapped as the Big 12’s defensive player of the week for his efforts in K-State’s season-opening victory over Illinois State, while Leon Patton picked up the league’s weekly special teams award after returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown in the Cats’ victory over Oklahoma State. Brandon Archer also earned special teams honors for his play in K-State’s win over Iowa State.