QB Zach Frazer Looks to Silence His Critics This Season

Daniel DinunzioAnalyst ISeptember 3, 2009

CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 4:  Zach Frazer #10 of the Connecticut Huskies looks for a receiver during the game against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Kenan Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The 2009 season is a fresh start for starting quarterback of the UConn Huskies Zach Frazer.  A redshirt junior, Frazer has had a tough road since his days as an All-American High School QB.  Now he's physically and mentally prepared to torch opposing Big East defenses.

Frazer first found himself at Notre Dame as part of the famed Fighting Irish.  After getting behind star Jimmy Clausen, he realized that transferring was going to give him the best chance to play somewhere else.

That's where the University of Connecticut came into the picture.  After sitting out the 2007 season, last year Frazer came into the season as Tyler Lorenzens backup.  Due to injuries sustained early on in the season, Frazer found himself starting for the UConn Huskies.

He came off the bench at home against Louisville after Lorenzen broke his foot, and illustrated a nice come from behind victory.  He went 8 for 15, 90 yards, and 1 TD.  The best thing he did was manage the game well, and do what was necessary to win.

Frazer then got his first career start in North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  A game that featured two up and coming programs resulted in a hostile crowd and tough defeat for the Huskies.  He threw three interceptions, and along with three blocked punts UConn struggled in every area of the game.

Zach Frazer took this as a lesson and against Rutgers was an impressive 14-20 for 236 yards and a touchdown.  Unfortunately Frazer suffered a head injury and had to leave the game.  This was a tight game that special teams once again played a factor in the loss.

Frazer looked solid at times behind center for UConn.  He has all the tools and intangibles to be successful.  With a new offense in place this season there's even more excitement around what this team could accomplish.

It's clear that Frazer is taking a serious approach this season.  He's come into this season looking like he has toned down with more muscle.  There's a lot riding on the right arm of Frazer. 

There have been a lot of critics of Frazer decision-making ever since he was at Notre Dame.  That was in the past and he's got a new attitude towards the game of football.  He will be judged by the number of wins he puts up come this season.  There's a lot of expectations for him, but it's his time to go out and win football games for the Huskies.


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