Freeman Shows Versatility at QB

Kirby Freeman is participating in his second spring practice session after arriving to Miami last year. He redshirted in 2004 and is competing for the starting quarterback position this spring.

Kirby Freeman has been productive this spring when given the opportunity to showcase his talent. He has a strong arm with a quick release and the ability to make plays with his feet or his arm.

He has continued to improve on his mechanics with quarterbacks coach Dan Werner. Having a year under his belt to participate in spring practices and on the scout team has prepared him for this spring.

Freeman will be a redshirt freshman this fall and is competing for the starting quarterback position with Kyle Wright, a sophomore from California.

Head coach Larry Coker has stated to the media a number of times that he is "not worried about the quarterback position, they are both talented".

One area of concern for Coker this spring is the play of the offensive line and pass protection amongst the running backs. When the quarterbacks have had time to make plays they have delivered. However, the offensive line needs to be more consistent regardless of who is playing where.

"We are real hurt right now along the offensive line," Freeman said. "We don't really have just one offensive line. However, I felt good and confident with the first unit. Our confidence level is definitely getting higher and higher."

As a team there have been bright spots this spring especially on the defensive side of the ball led by Greg Threat, Anthony Reddick, and the defensive line.

"Our defense is doing real well," Freeman said. "They have been tremendous with the pass rush."

The team last practiced on Saturday and Freeman assessed the team's performance.

"It went good," Freeman said. "We are real sore right now. I didn't realize until I got up Saturday morning. The wind was a factor in the passing game so we ran the ball a lot. We had some big plays and were able to put together some drives."

"We are getting better as a team--that is the main thing. We just have to stay positive."

This spring the offense has featured a lot of designed play action rollouts. They will get the fullback in the flat or have a tight end run a corner route. Both Freeman and Wright have good speed and elusive ability--with Freeman possessing the better running skills.

"We have been told that once we get out there--if it is 3rd-and-short--and we can get the first down on our feet, then go ahead and do that," Freeman explained. "Sometimes if it is 2nd-and-long and we get out there we can just take off with the ball depending on their coverage."

Traditionally the Miami starting quarterback is a pocket passer who will distribute the ball to playmakers.

"A mobile quarterback is not something people have seen in the past from a typical Miami quarterback," Freeman said. "We feel good about it and feel comfortable doing so. We want to be a threat when we run the ball."

Running the ball and making plays with his legs is something Freeman believes can be an asset to the team.

"I feel like I can bring something good to this offense if I can add scrambing and running the ball as a second part of my game," Freeman said.

In high school Freeman rushed for over 2,000 yards in his final two seasons.
Brownwood High School (Texas)
SENIOR - 2003
Games   PassYds  Yds/G  TD  Int  Comp-Att  Pct
8       1,454    181.8  10   4     71-123  58%

Carries RushYds  Yds/G  Yds/Carry  TD 
128       956    119.5     7.5     14

JUNIOR - 2002
Games   PassYds  Yds/G  TD  Int  Comp-Att  Pct
12      1,487    123.9  14   8     87-150  58%

Carries RushYds  Yds/G  Yds/Carry  TD 
173     1,135     94.6     6.6     18
Spring practices resume today at 3 pm and will conclude on April 9 at the spring game held at Lockhart Stadium.

"I believe my progress in the spring has been coming along very well," Freeman said. "I have became a lot more accurate since coming out of high school. I feel like I am at the top of my game right now and I am excited about that."

Christopher Stock is a Senior Writer & Assistant Editor for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at

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