It is a pretty warm afternoon in San Antonio and the first West practice for the US Army All-Star game is in the books. Kansas State QB pledge Josh Freeman has made a return to San Antonio- this time to play in the All Star game after tripping to San Antonio last year and setting a goal to return as a participant in the game.
Freeman easily passes the eyeball test at all of 6-foot-5 and then some. Going through warm-ups with fellow teammates Mitch Mustain and Jevan Snead, Freeman literally towers over others on the field and is easy to pick out of the crowd, even from a distance. Freeman shows great command early on, yelling out routes for his recievers and hooking up early and often.
Throwing to some of the most talented and highly touted Wide Receivers in the country, Freeman, Snead and Mustain went through early throwing drills, throwing intermediate and short passes to start the practice.
Each taking snaps, the Quarterbacks moved to some screens and individual WR drills. Although this is the first practice, Josh looks a little rusty out on the field early on underthrowing some of his receivers and putting a couple passes in the dirt.
In looking over the three QB's, Freeman looks to have a very strong arm but his mechanics at this point need work. Where Snead and Mustain look a little more effortless in the out patterns and their throwing motions fluid, Josh looks to have to put a little more effort into his throws. Mechanically he is behind the other two QB's at this stage. Keep in mind however these are the best QB's in the country and this is the first practice. Freeman will still need to work on his footwork and throwing motion at the next level- but that is nitpicking.
As the first practice, all the Qb's are tossing the ball around right now and there is not much movement or a chance to show anything other then straight back passing to this point. Early on, Josh has hooked up with a couple of his West WR's for long balls and looks to have excellent touch on his the long passes. With his height, Freeman is able to scan the field with ease and with some of the West taller wide receivers in 6-foot-4 David Ausberry, 6-foot-2 Chris Caflisch has made several nice tosses on some intermediate crossing patterns. Joking and laughing with his teammates, Freeman looks very comfortable out on the field.