QB Academy - Finale': Freeman crowned?

The last day of the second QB academy at the University of Nebraska was one of rising temperatures and rising competition. Josh Freeman, holding onto an ever so slim lead in the overall standings hit the "Ultimate Challenge" to determine if he would indeed be the camp champ or get passed by some of the other standout participants in this year's summer session.

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Freeman takes the title!

A little bit confident, perhaps even a little cocky, future Husker quarterback Josh Freeman approached the final day of the Quarterback Academy at the University of Nebraska in the lead, planning to stay there after it was all said and done.


There were some other players determined not to let that happen.


North Platte's Nathan Enderle was in second place, fully intending to make Freeman's life interesting, which he did, once again taking the long-ball portion of the ultimate challenge, tossing for 66 yards. Freeman ended tied for third with a throw of 64 yards, Brian Gralheer taking second with 65.


Following performances in the trash-can toss, as I like to call it, it was neck and neck, but Freeman pulled away in the three, five and seven-step drop portions, sealing up the overall victory.


"It was a lot of fun," Freeman said. "I thought I could win, but there were a lot of good quarterbacks here and all of our arms are shot right about now."


Freeman's biggest competition (Enderle) was hot on the Missouri prep's heels most of the camp, but knew where he was standing going into today's competition and knew what he had to do. "I just wanted to put some pressure on him (Josh)," Enderle said. "My arm is just jelly, though. I was just hoping Josh's arm would fall off, so I could gain some ground on him."


Enderle finished the competition tied for third with Strafford, Missouri's Richie Roepke and McKenzie Tennessee native Drew Hayes took second in the overall competition for the seniors-to-be.


As for Freeman, seeing as how this wasn't his first time around at Nebraska's prep-QB experience, you'd have to wonder what it felt like going into this competition, similar to the position Harrison Beck

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had last year; future Husker, favorite to win and knowing that one day he would be back.


"It just felt more comfortable there this time around," Josh said of this experience versus last year. "I don't know, I guess since I knew I was coming back, it just felt a little more like home."


"That's good, though, because that's kind of the way you want to feel and it did. I just wish we could have been in the stadium."


With the construction on-going and the new field-turf yet to be installed, that is just one of may aspects of the facilities that will change quite a bit before Freeman arrives.


The field, though, no matter what that looks like, Josh knows that he'll be on there someday and the next time, it won't be in front of a few parents, a few coaches and us busy-body media types, rather all of the above, plus 80,000 on-lookers in attendance.


That's exciting for anyone.


"Yeah, I am really excited about it," Josh said. "It's just rough that it's like five and a half more months to wait."


Five and a half more months, an entire senior season to play, but for many of those that were at the academy with Freeman, it's even more time than that.


Time enough for players like L.D. Crow; Harrison Beck's back up at Countryside high school last year, to develop as he is just going into his junior year.

And he could be back.


Back as a camper, but possibly one of the future quarterbacks to watch and aside from everything that the camps are meant to do for those going to the camps, for the fans, it's about who the next Husker could be.


Two years, we have seen the next two. Could we have already seen number three? Only time will tell, but maybe we'll find out this time next season.

Stay tuned.


Final Results for the 2005 Nebraska QB Academy


Ninth Grade Division


1st - Michael Hladick,  - Columbus, Indiana

2nd – Derek Huntly – Omaha, Nebraska

3rd – Tucker Milliken – Omaha, Nebraska

Tenth Grade Division


1st – Kale Pick – Dodge City, Kansas

2ndBlaine Gabbert – Bauwine, Missouri

3rd – Landry Jones – Artesia, New Mexico

Eleventh Grade Division


1st - Jordan Clark – Lincoln, Nebraska

2nd – L.D. Crow – Palm Harbor, Florida

Twelfth Grade Division


1st - Josh Freeman – Grandview, Missouri

2nd – Drew Hayes – Mckenzie, Tennessee

3rd – (TIE) Nathan Enderle – North Platte , Nebraska and

Richie Roepke – Strafford, Missouri


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