December 21, 2006

Coordinator Q&A: James Franklin

Early on during the 2006 season Kansas State had its ups and downs on the offensive side of the football, but for the most part offensive coordinator James Franklin's group found a way to get better week after week. Towards the end of the year the Wildcats became very efficient offensively before a setback at Kansas, and Franklin hopes to have his unit playing back at a high level in time for the Texas Bowl.

How far has Josh Freeman come this season?
"I think it really depends on how you look at it. If you look at it physically, it was obvious to everybody that he was big, had a strong arm and had pretty good athleticism. Meeting with him early on you could see he was intelligent, it was just training his body and mind to work together. He's got some poise to him that's already there, so he had a lot of things to work with. He's grown tremendously and in the last couple weeks of practice. I think he's constantly growing. I don't know if I could put a number on it, but it's been fun to watch both him and the team grow. I would say the improvement has been significant."

How much upside does Josh have?
"I think at that position one of the biggest things you want to do physically is be as consistent as possible. You want to be able to throw for a high percentage and be as consistent as possible. The most important thing though is all the mental aspects, how to manage the game and all the different positions. That guy has to be your coach on the field. I think his maturation evolving in all the different scenarios are the most important things."

Can you talk about the growth of the entire offense?
"I think the biggest thing is that we wanted to try to get better every single week. We still have a long ways to go, but if you look at it from game one to this game, obviously there have been some changes, some improvements. We're doing some positive things. It's nice to watch film and see guys starting to trust in their training and make plays. Guys are starting to play fast, and that's been a steady evolution the entire year. We've had some ups and downs, it's not perfect, but I've been proud of how we've evolved throughout the year."

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