A look at the KSU offense

The Kansas State Wildcats - from the Big 12 conference - are this Thursday, December 28th's opponent for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights in the inaugural Texas Bowl in Houston, Texas. The Ron Prince led ballclub has played intense and competitive football throughout this season.

The Kansas State Wildcats posted a 7-5 season in 2006. The year has been filled with highs and lows.

The most memorable game they won this year was a thriller at home versus reigning National Champion Texas, 45-42. They also have had impressive wins vs Colorado on the road and Oklahoma State. They have also suffered convincing defeats versus the likes of Louisville, Baylor, Nebraska, Missouri and most recently, Kansas. A great part of their inconsistency can be attributed to the breaking in of a true freshman at QB, a team with a heavy JUCO influence, as well as the continued development of Ron Prince as a head coach. Thus it has taken the team some time to form cohesiveness. But there are some impressive athletes that have to be accounted for if Rutgers is to win their first ever bowl game.

The Kansas State Wildcat offense has averaged 24 points per game, while averaging 122 yards/game on the ground and 205 yards/game through the air. They have scored 16 rushing TDs and 10 through the air, but the QBs have thrown for a total of 18 INTs.

QB- Josh Freeman (6'6 238) enrolled at KSU in January of last year and the true freshman has shown flashes in his first year. The former US Army Scout.com All-American has played in 10 games, starting in seven games, and has earned honorable mention freshman All-American by The Sporting News. On the season, he has thrown for 1,651 yards while completing 52-percent of his throws. However, he has thrown for only 6 TDs while accumulating 13 INTs. But, when he has been good, he has been very good. Freeman has earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors twice after wins at Colorado (22-of-26 for 251 yards) and Texas (19-of-31 for 269 yards and four TD's).

RB- James Johnson (5'11 200) is a first year starter after two very good seasons at Blinn Junior College in Texas. Coming out of Blinn, he was rated a four-star prospect by Scout.com and considered one of the top running backs in the nation. Considered a physical and fast RB, he has rushed for 405 yards and two touchdowns. He has started the final four games of the regular season. The other threat out of the backfield is Leon Patton (5'7 185). KSU's leading rusher with 595 yards, he has averaged 5.9 yards per carry this year. Considered a speed back he has excellent cutting ability. He has started three games this season. JC Transfer JR. Michael Pooschke (6'3 245) plays the H-Back/FB position. Has five catches on the season.

WR- JR. Jordy Nelson (6'2 215) is a big athletic receiver and is the go to guy in the WR corpse. Nelson led the team with 35 catches for 466 yards. SR. Yamon Figurs (5'11 175) is the fastest KSU player. The Lakeland, Florida product has been timed at sub 4.3. Earned first team All-Big 12 honors as a kick/punt returner and ranked16th nationally in punt returns. KSU's third-leading receiver, he had 28 catches for 418 yards and three touchdowns. Has also rushed for two touchdowns this season. Daniel Gonzales (6'3 215) is a possession receiver who has started three games and has caught 14 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown this season. SO. Cedric Wilson (6'1 190) played one year of JUCO football last year as a DB. With excellent athleticism, he made the transition to WR and accounted for 11 catches and 120 yards this year. TE Jr. Rashard Norwood (6'3 230) was a pass receiving threat this year. The 2nd leading receiver on the team, he made 34 catches for 318 yards.

OL- LT SR.Greg Wafford (6'2 340) graded out as the top OL in the unit. The athletic player started the first five games at OG before moving to OT. He has only allowed two sacks this season. LG SO. Caleb Handy (6'1 315) is a young player who has started the last seven games of the season. C SO. Jordan Bedore (6'3 302) made eight starts this year. He is considered one of the teams' more consistent linemen. RG JR. Logan Robinson (6'8 340) is a large man, but has only started the last three games of the regular season. RG SR. Michael Frieson (6'7 318) transferred in from Bakersfield CC in California and has made an impact on the OL this season. He has played in all 12 games and started eight of them.

Information for stories taken from kstatesports.com


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