Amidst rumors of transferring over a year ago and questions of his ability as a starter, the Brownwood, Texas native has waited his entire career at the University of Miami for this opportunity.
"I'm overwhelmed," he said. "I'll be honest, I'm really excited. This is everything I've worked for. Obviously coming out here from Texas this is everything I've hoped it would be and now it is time to play ball."
The announcement was made in a meeting with the coaching staff early Tuesday morning. Both Freeman and now former starting quarterback Kyle Wright were present. When the choice was made, both Freeman and Wright showed great maturity.
"Coach (Shannon) came in and said, ‘I know this is hard on you, we've held it off on you guys, we've held it off on ourselves, from our coaching staff'," Freeman said. "It was real easy because Kyle and I both handled it like grownups."
For the Hurricanes to achieve success this season both quarterback are going to have to put the competition behind them and focus on winning and doing what is best for the team.
"A quarterback needs to be a team player," he said. "A lot of times it gets taken away because a lot of people like to put too many eyes on the quarterback. Well, that is not what we are about anymore and I really feel comfortable with that."
Last season, following an injury Wright, Kirby performed adequately completing 53.2 percent of his passes for nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in the final four games of the season. To keep his job, he is going to be asked to go win games and play well.
"I'm going to do everything I can. I'm not going to go out there and try and keep my job, we're going to go out there and try and win ball games."