"Texas" Adjusts to the College Game

Kirby Freeman is a quarterback from Brownwood High School in Texas who graduated from high school early to enroll at the University of Miami in January. He was able to participate in spring practices and expects to redshirt this season.

Brownwood has a population of nearly 20,000 people and is located about 170 miles southwest of Dallas. Freeman led the ‘Wood to an 11-1 record amassing over 1,000 yards through the air and on the ground. His father Steve Freeman coached the Lions.

The transition has been considerably smooth for the Texan over 1600 miles from home. Developing friendships with his teammates has been a huge factor.

"Coming out of high school early to come to Miami could have been a huge adjustment. It is real comforting to know that one of the greatest systems in college football is like the way it should be. This is a home away from home with the people I am around."

Jonathan St. Pierre and Tyler McMeans also enrolled at Miami early to participate in spring practices. Freeman knows what it means to be at a university with a prestigious football program and is adjusting to college life.

"The spring went good. It is a big deal to be here, no doubt. I am very impressed with the coaching staff and the players. It has been real comforting. The leadership has been unbelievable with Brock Berlin, Derrick Crudup, and Kyle Wright."

Berlin, the team's starting quarterback, was one of the players that helped show Freeman the ropes. With Berlin and Crudup enter their final seasons as Hurricanes that leaves Wright, a redshirt freshman, and Freeman as the next quarterbacks in line.

"Kyle and I became real good friends. We are going to work real hard and not let our friendship get in the way of dueling it out on the field. We will battle it out and understand what is going on."

Freeman has been on the team for a short time, but he has already earned a nickname.

"They call me ‘Texas'."

‘Texas' had a solid spring and did not look out of place. He showed very good quickness dropping back in the pocket and a quick release with good accuracy. Coach Werner worked with Freeman to improve his mechanic such as stepping up into the pocket to make a throws instead of tucking the ball away to gain yards on the ground like he did in high school.

"Towards the end of the spring I got more comfortable. At the beginning of the spring I was a bit overwhelmed. You have to roll with the punches. You are going to struggle at first because you are just coming into a new situation."

He has started off on the right foot and looks forward to continuing his progress.

"Right now I am not comfortable with my position by any means, but I am comfortable with my ongoing process to be a good athlete here at Miami."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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