Freeman Posts Better Numbers at Scrimmage

Junior quarterback Kirby Freeman is making a case to be the starting quarterback in 2007.

Kirby Freeman converted on his first nine passes as he completed 13-of-24 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's scrimmage, which was open to the public.

Freeman is battling senior Kyle Wright for the starting position this spring. Wright, the team's starter the last two seasons received the first series of the scrimmage, completed 15-of-41 passes for 82 yards. He also had touchdown passes and two interceptions.

First-year coach Randy Shannon is not allowing the quarterbacks to speak to the media and said a decision would not be made until the Tuesday prior to their season opener.

"We are not worried about the quarterbacks," said Shannon following the scrimmage with nearly 1,000 fans in attendance. "We are trying to build a team."

Offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was happy with how the two quarterbacks managed the scrimmage.

"I thought they competed and I thought they managed the huddle," Nix said. "We didn't have many delays or missed calls. I think that was as important as anything today."

There were a lot of instructions given from the former Georgia Tech offensive coordinator throughout the scrimmage.

"I got on them both their fair share today and that is part of it," Nix said. "If they expect me not to be on them, they are crazy. I am going to get on them every day that I am here and every day they are here. I love them to death, but I have high expectations for them."

Defensive end Calais Campbell, last year's team MVP, was impressed by both quarterbacks.

"They both looked real good," Campbell said. "I like both of them on the field. No matter who is playing, I am supporting them."

Senior wide receiver Lance Leggett had a big day catching seven passes for 102 yards including a 9-yard touchdown reception from Wright.

Fullback Jerrell Mabry caught a 40-yard touchdown pass from Freeman as he fought off tacklers on his way to the endzone.

Javarris James and Graig Cooper split repetitions as the first-string tailback. Neither back was able to break any big runs, but they did show glimpses of their ability.

Kenny Phillips and Lovon Ponder recorded interceptions in the scrimmage.

Kickers Matt Bosher and Daren Daly struggled to find any sort of consistency as Bosher missed an extra point and a 43-yard field goal. Daly missed a 37-yard field goal. The two combined to make 3-of-5 of their attempts.


A number of former players were in attendance today including: Edgerrin James, Sinorice Moss, Brandon Meriweather, Greg Olsen, Ryan Moore, Baraka Atkins, and Kareem Brown.

Darnell Jenkins was also at the scrimmage.

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