Freeman takes the title!
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
was work, but fun as well for all the players in
"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.
Final Results for the 2005
Ninth Grade Division
1st - Michael Hladick,
2nd – Derek Huntly –
3rd – Tucker Milliken
Tenth Grade Division
1st – Kale Pick –
3rd – Landry Jones –
Eleventh Grade Division
1st - Jordan Clark –
2nd – L.D. Crow –
Twelfth Grade Division
1st - Josh Freeman –
2nd – Drew Hayes –
3rd – (TIE) Nathan
Richie Roepke –