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September 2, 2008Kansas State quarterback Josh Freeman has been named the Big 12 Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against North Texas on Saturday, the league office has announced.
The award is Freeman's third during his Wildcat career as he also garnered the league's weekly honor after the 2006 Colorado and Texas games, while he becomes the first K-State offensive player to be honored since Jordy Nelson last season (October 1).
Freeman was joined by Texas quarterback Colt McCoy as the league's offensive players of the week, while Missouri's Stryker Sulak (defense) and Jeremy Maclin (special teams) were also honored.
A junior from Grandview, Mo., Freeman showed why he is considered among the nation's top signal callers against North Texas as he accounted for five total touchdowns, including three through the air, and 232 passing yards on 18-of-24 aim (75-percent).
The five total touchdowns tied a career high for the quarterback, who became the first Wildcat since Michael Bishop in 1997 to account for five touchdowns in a season opener, and also accumulated a Big 12-best 197.5 quarterback rating for games played this past week.
His three touchdown passes were one shy of the school single-game record and also upped his current streak of consecutive games with a touchdown pass to 12. He also has thrown two more touchdown passes in his last four games.
In the contest, Freeman also moved up to No. 2 on K-State's career passing yards chart as he passed both Carl Straw and Chad May and currently sits at 5,365 yards. The career record is 6,208, held by Lynn Dickey.
Kansas State returns to action on Saturday as the Wildcats host Montana State in a game televised by Fox College Sports. Kickoff is set for 6:05 p.m. at Bill Snyder Family Stadium.
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