Freeman on track for Montlake

With only three scholarship players listed at the cornerback positions this spring, the opportunity is there for a couple fall enrollees to come in and challenge for playing time. One of those players is Pasadena CB Qwenton Freeman and he put in a call to this week and updated us on his status and how his workouts are going.

"I'm working out with some of my high school coaches, especially my strength coach," Freeman said. "I'm also working out with some future Huskies - Marlon Wood and Chris Handy."

Wood and Freeman played on the same Pasadena JC team this last year, but his ties with Handy go back even further than that.

"I've known Chris since we were eight," Freeman said, reminiscing about his younger days. "We played flag football together and Pop Warner together. We've been together for 10 or 12 years."

Handy surprised Freeman with a phone call soon after Freeman's official visit to UW and told him he was headed to Montlake himself. "That is what made it better for me, because it's easier to blend in when you've known somebody for a while," Qwenton said.

Freeman even acknowledged, with a slight chuckle, that Handy let it be known he had already scored a touchdown in Husky Stadium (referring to Handy's 37-yard interception return while a member of the Nevada Wolfpack in 2003), and, "that he plans on scoring a couple more TD's in Husky Stadium before he's done."

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Freeman's size will be welcomed at Montlake this fall. When asked to describe the way that he and Handy play, Freeman didn't hesitate to draw comparisons between the two players.

"We play very aggressive," Freeman said. "We love to tackle and we love to hit. If I can describe us I would say we are free safeties in cornerback bodies."

Freeman said that he and Handy are well aware of the thin corner crop on the Husky roster at present and that fact has been a motivating factor in their spring workouts. "Our motivation is that me and Chris are planning on coming in and immediately competing for a starting position," he said.

Washington Defensive Backs Coach Steve Wilks talked with Freeman recently and they discussed several topics, not the least of which was school and how Freeman is progressing toward his AA degree. Freeman did his best to allay any of his position coach's fears.

"I'm feeling good about school," Freeman stated, matter-of-factly. "When I first got my schedule at the beginning of the semester, I was like ‘Oh my God, how am I going to do this?', but I'm maintaining every class and I'll be up in Seattle in July."

Freeman said he has two summer classes to take as well and then he plans to come up to UW and, "if I don't get the starting job, then I will at least make the players in front of me better."

Husky fans can hardly wait to see what happens.

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