Commentary

Frazier is more than a name

Updated: January 30, 2009, 10:10 AM ET
By Mike Loveday | ESPNRISE.com

A broken collarbone could not keep Damascus quarterback Connor Frazier off the field. The sophomore broke his collarbone during a Week 6 win over Magruder but missed only three games as a result of the injury.

The 5-foot-11, 150-pound sophomore returned for the Hornets' Week 10 game against Paint Branch and helped orchestrate a comeback in the final two minutes to give his team a Class 3A playoff berth.

Connor Frazier
Mike Loveday for ESPN RISESophomore Connor Frazier helped lead Damascus to the playoffs in his first year as a varsity starting quarterback.
"The doctors basically told him that it was doing great and that even if he re-broke it, it would not do any more damage. It would just be a setback," Damascus head coach Eric Wallich said.

Anyone who follows high school football in Maryland knows that the name Frazier is a legacy at Damascus High School. Connor is the third Frazier to take the field, including two-time state champion Kyle Frazier.

Connor is the younger brother of Greg and Kyle, who both played at Damascus. Greg is currently the offensive line and defensive backs coach and played wide receiver and defensive back. As quarterback, Kyle led Damascus to Class 3A state championships in 2005 and 2007.

If, as expected, Connor remains the starting quarterback for the next two years, a Frazier will have been Damascus' quarterback for six straight seasons.

But Connor is more than just a name on the back of a jersey.

Frazier earned the starting job during summer practice and completed 69 percent of his passes. He threw for 1,108 yards and nine touchdowns in only eight games.

"By the first or second game, we saw that he excelled," Wallich said. "He threw the ball away when things weren't there, and he made some plays with his legs. We saw that he wasn't rattled. That's pretty much when we knew he was going to be pretty good."

As a second-year starter, Frazier will have an expanded role in the Hornets' offense.

"I think we can put more on his shoulders. He's just a tremendously smart player," Wallich said. "With a player like him, there really is no limit to what you can do."

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