Freeman Says No Time For Mistakes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Ah, the life of a superstar.
Oklahoma State senior receiver Adarius Bowman showed up late to
a scheduled session with print media today because an interview
with a national television network ran long.

The school is launching a campaign pumping Bowman for the
Heisman Trophy -- and he's even got his own Web site.

Bowman says, quote: "Can't feel bad about that. I'm loving it,
man" during Big 12 media day in San Antonio.

He caught 60 passes for one-thousand, 181 yards in 2006.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Bowman is already preparing for the
N-F-L, studying receivers like Marvin Harrison and Terrell
Owens.
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BRONCOS AND BUFFS: -- Dan Hawkins helped build Boise State into
a powerhouse. Now, he's looking at his former program as a
blueprint.

Hawkins left Boise to coach the Buffaloes before last season.

Colorado went 2-and-10 while the Broncos capped an undefeated
season with a stunning upset of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

Colorado is picked to finish at the bottom of the Big 12, but
Hawkins said Boise State proved that anything is possible.
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SECOND TIME AROUND: -- Kansas State Josh Freeman took his lumps,
made his mistakes and learned what he could from his freshman
season.

Now it's time to improve.

Thrust into the starting role midway through last season,
Freeman threw for one-thousand, 780 yards and six touchdowns, but
also tossed 15 interceptions.

Freeman blames his miscues on the insecurity that comes from
inexperience.

Still, he had his moments.

In his first career start, Freeman ran for a game-winning
21-yard touchdown with just over one minute to go in a 31-to-27 win
over Oklahoma State.

Later, he went 19-of-31 for 269 yards and three touchdowns in a
45-to-42 upset of Texas.

But for every good performance, there was also a bad one.

He lost three fumbles and was intercepted three times in a
39-to-20 loss to Kansas.

He threw two interceptions in a 37-to-10 loss to Rutgers in the
Texas Bowl.

Freeman spent the offseason breaking down film and organizing
7-on-7 drills.
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EXTRA POINTS:
-- Four of Oklahoma State's assistant coaches have five-year
contracts, a rarity in college football. "What that means is that
we believe in them," said Cowboys' coach Mike Gundy. "We're going
to give them an opportunity to earn a good living, to work hard and
we want to keep them in Stillwater until they can move on and be
coordinators and head coaches."

-- After meeting with reporters, the Kansas State contingent
visited the Alamodome, site of the Big 12 championship. "We've
made it very clear that as a team, our goal is to play there Dec.
1," Coach Ron Prince said. "So we'd like to be able to go back
and report to the rest of the team on exactly what the facility
looks like."


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