November 7, 2007

Freeman upset at first at label of being `nervous'

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Q: How are you doing?

Freeman: It's nice to get back here on the field, compete, be back with my teammates, realize they're still going to support me whether I have a great game or bad game. We're just getting ready for Virginia. That's all we're doing.

Q: Randy Shannon said he told you not to look at it as being all your fault.

Freeman: He called me, said `I'm up at the office. Can you come up here?' I said, `Yeah, coach, I need to come up there.' I sat in his office, didn't want to say anything to him. I knew God gave me two ears to listen and one mouth to speak, so that means something. I wanted to listen, see what he had to say to me. Coach Shannon can be pretty inspirational. He recapped over from the beginning of the summer. I went through a difficult summer with some family members passing away, worked my way into fall camp and had a great fall camp. He said, `Get back to that.' I got messages from people saying, `Hey, why don't you go back and watch some of your high school tape to get back in the feel of good times.' As much as everything was riding on that game, you can't do anything about it now. That's why I showed up (Tuesday) and watched film for two hours. I didn't even put in the NC State tape, don't want to watch it. I know what I did wrong. It's over with. Difficult? Yeah. But I have to stand up and take the blame for what I did wrong, and that's what I'm doing.

Q: How much of what you did wrong was mindset?

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