BY DANIEL MOGOLLON
COLLEGE FOOTBALL INSIDERS
Miami quarterback Kirby Freeman: Earlier this week new headman Randy Shannon named Freeman the starting quarterback for week one, but in the next breath mentioned that senior Kyle Wright is still “a starter” – so the leash is not long. Freeman had his chances to take the reins last season, however he never really served as an upgrade over Wright. Freeman did win the MVP Award with his 272-yard and two-touchdown performance against Nevada in the MPC Computers Bowl.
Miami has two tough September tests versus Oklahoma and Texas A & M and Shannon is looking for a leader. If Freeman can’t do it against Marshall…why should anyone expect him to play any better against one of the top secondaries the following week when they visit the Sooners. Freeman is already starting with a handicap as Coach Shannon has suspended super sophomore Sam Shields, Miami’s most talented pass catcher, for the opening game.