WHITE'S 3, PURPLE'S 0 - Defense Ruled

Where's the offense? That's what fans were saying after Saturday's Spring Game at Bill Snyder Family Stadium as the two teams totaled just three points. While the fans were concerned, all within the Wildcat family were not.

Some folks my be wondering where the offense is going to come from with the Kansas State basketball team next winter, but the same could be true with the football team.

Some folks my be wondering where the offense is going to come from with the Kansas State basketball team next winter, but the same could be true with the football team.

Saturday's Purple-White team produced zero touchdowns, just 204 yards in combined offense and one field goal – a 51-yarder by Josh Cherry ini the fourth quarter -- as the White's defeated the Purples, 3-0, in front of 15,000 fans.

Quarterback Josh Freeman said there's nothing to worry about: "We didn't get much past the first page of our playbook."

Also not concerned was head coach Ron Prince: "We didn't show everything that we have in our arsenal tonight. The offensive coordinators, I wouldn't say even made Vince Lombardi... have to go back past Pop Warner to satisfy the three yards and a cloud of dust like we did tonight."

Instead of pointing to the lack of offense, linebacker Reggie Walker said, "I think both defenses should get steak (the winners are treated to a steak dinner while the losers eat balogna). I don't think we were lights out on defense, but we were really good."

That's especially true with linebackers Walker, Antwon Moore, John Houlik and newcomers Hansen Sekona and Ulla Pomele.

"I don't think anyone has a solid spot at linebacker just because it's a good competition all the way through," Prince said. "It's not that anyone has done anything poorly, but they have all performed well and understand what we are trying to do and we need that, to be honest with you."

None of the four quarterbacks used by both teams established much consistency, completing only 10-of-28 passes for 73 yards. Often passes were dropped, often passes were tipped away and often passes were nearly intercepted.

"We weren't really doing a whole lot in terms of attacking the defense downfield," said Freeman who was just 1-of-4 passing for nine yards in his two series. "For the most part, we just kept it real vanilla and tried to grind it out."

Carson Coffman was 6-of-14 for 41 yards for the Purple squad and Hartman, a redshirt freshman, was 2-for-7 for 20 yards in his back-up role for the White team. Scott was 1-for-3 for three yards for the Purple.

The lone offensive highlight was Keithen Valentine, a transfer from Mississippi Delta Community College, who rushed for 104 yards on 15 carries.


Liu injured

K-State senior offensive lineman Ben Liu had to be carried off the field with 37 seconds left in the game after going down with a right leg injury. Liu had been penciled into the starting right tackle spot.


Punting the ball

Jared Parker punted four times for 131 yards, averaging 32.8 yards per punt for the Purple. DJ Fulhage punted four times for the White, averaging 33.8 yards per punt — including a long of 40.


Captains picked

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.


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