Tommie Frazier

Tommie James Frazier Jr. (born July 16, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a quarterback for the University of Nebraska.

Frazier led his team to consecutive national championships in 1994 and 1995, and is one of five quarterbacks to have done so since the 1950s: Oklahoma's Steve Davis, Nebraska's Jerry Tagge, USC's Matt Leinart, Alabama's AJ McCarron being the others.[1] Frazier is the only one of the five whose consecutive national championships included zero losses or ties. He was named Most Valuable Player of three consecutive national championship games, the only player ever to accomplish that feat. The 1995 Nebraska football team is considered to have been one of the most dominant in the history of American college football[2][3] and, in a 2006 ESPN.com poll, was voted the best college football team of all time.

Frazier was selected by Sports Illustrated in 1999 as a back-up quarterback in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team." He was one of six Nebraska Cornhuskers on this 85 man roster, along with Johnny Rodgers, Rich Glover, Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler and Aaron Taylor. CollegeFootballNews.com named Frazier in 2004 as the #33 player on their Top 100 Greatest College Football Players of All-Time list. In 2013, Frazier was elected to the college football hall of fame.

Frazier was not drafted by the NFL due to a blood clot in his left leg, a side effect of Crohn's disease.[4]

Tommie Frazier
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Tommie Frazier scrambles away from the UCLA Bruins on September 18, 1993
No. 15
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:July 16, 1974 (age 44)
Bradenton, Florida
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school:Bradenton (FL) Manatee
College:Nebraska
Undrafted:1996
Career history
As player:
As coach:
  • Baylor (1999)
    Graduate assistant
  • Baylor (2000–2002)
    RB assistant coach
  • Doane (2005–2006)
    Head coach
Career highlights and awards

Personal

Frazier grew up in Palmetto, Florida and attended Manatee High School. He was an option quarterback at Manatee High School who in his final two seasons ran for 1,600 yards and 33 touchdowns, and passed for 2,600 yards and 30 touchdowns.[5] Frazier is married to the former Andrea Stephens, originally from Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The couple has a son named Tommie James Frazier III, and a daughter named Ava.

Frazier is a member of Iota Phi Theta fraternity. He is host of the recently launched Tommie Frazier's X's and O's (on TouchdownTommie.com) and of The Husker Express Radio Show with Tommie Frazier, which airs on ESPN 590 AM in Omaha, Nebraska.[6]

Collegiate playing career

1992 football season

Frazier received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, and played for the Nebraska Cornhuskers football team. After several years in which the Cornhuskers had suffered blowout losses in bowl games,[7] frequently in Orange Bowl matchups against the University of Miami Hurricanes and the Florida State Seminoles, head coach Tom Osborne changed his recruiting strategy in the early 1990s and began to recruit faster players at all positions.[8] Osborne reportedly shed tears upon receiving the news of Frazier's decision to accept a scholarship from Nebraska.[9] Frazier, rated as the No. 3 college recruit in the country by analyst Tom Lemming,[10] led Nebraska to four consecutive New Year's Day bowl games.

Tommie Frazier joined the Nebraska football team as an 18-year-old true freshman in the summer of 1992, at 6-1 and 190 pounds, and began as a backup to senior Mike Grant. Nebraska started the season with a 4-1 record under Grant, but an early 29-14 loss to the second-ranked Washington Huskies set up Frazier's opportunity to take over as the starting quarterback. He did so at Missouri on October 24, a 34-24 Nebraska victory.[11] Frazier gained national recognition with the following two games,[12] both blowout wins broadcast nationally in evening time slots on ESPN. He led the team on Halloween to a 52-7 win against a powerful Colorado team that carried a 9-1-1 record and was led by quarterback Kordell Stewart. Frazier threw sparingly, completing 4 of 12 passes for 55 yards and two touchdowns, but rushed 16 times for 86 of Nebraska's 373 rushing yards.[13] Frazier's arm was showcased the following week, November 7, in a 49-7 win over Kansas. Play-action fakes resulted in long touchdown passes of 36 and 46 yards, and Frazier finished the game with 6 of 11 passes completed, for 161 yards and three touchdowns.[14]

Nebraska finished the season with a 9-3 record, and Frazier registered seven starts at quarterback. He played well in the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 1, 1993 against an 11-1 Florida State team led by quarterback Charlie Ward, wide receiver Tamarick Vanover, and linebacker Marvin Jones. Florida State took an early 20-0 lead, but Frazier, who started the game in a shotgun formation, responded with a 41-yard touchdown pass to Corey Dixon and a red zone touchdown pass to Gerald Armstrong. The Seminoles won the game, 27-14.[15]

Frazier played in nine games during the 1992 regular season, and completed 44 of 100 passes for 727 yards and only one interception. He rushed for 399 yards, and scored 17 touchdowns, rushing and passing. His longest run was 52 yards, against Iowa State on November 14.[16]

1993 football season

Frazier helped the Cornhuskers to edge past UCLA on September 18 in what appeared to be a pivotal win that season.[17] He completed 13-of-19 passes for 145 yards and an 11-yard touchdown pass in a 14-13 victory over the Bruins who had the Pac-10's top pass defense.[18] This enabled Nebraska to achieve an undefeated record during the regular season in 1993. Frazier rushed for over 1,000 yards through the regular- and post-season, though the official total is lower due to negative yardage from sacks. He rushed for nine touchdowns, with a longest run of 58 yards, and completed 77 of 162 passes for 12 touchdowns, four interceptions and 1,159 yards in 11 games. His longest pass play of the season was a 60-yard touchdown to wingback Corey Dixon on October 30 against the Colorado Buffaloes.[19]

The FedEx Orange Bowl game played on January 1, 1994 featured a rematch between Nebraska and Florida State. Frazier, now a sophomore, was pitted against newly crowned Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward. A last minute drive by Ward led to a Seminoles field goal that prevented the Cornhuskers from winning the national title. Frazier's 29-yard pass to split end Trumaine Bell positioned Nebraska for a potentially game-winning 45-yard field goal attempt with 0:01 left on the game clock, but the kick sailed wide left, and Florida State won 18-16. Frazier was named Most Valuable Player of the national title game despite the loss, completing 13 of 24 passes for 206 yards and a 34-yard touchdown, and rushing 14 times for 77 yards with a 32-yard run.[20] The Cornhuskers finished the season with an 11-1 record.

1994 football season

Frazier earned consideration as a Heisman Trophy candidate in the first half of the 1994 season, but missed the second half due to a blood clot in his leg. He gave an explosive performance against West Virginia on August 28, in which he completed 8 of 16 passes for 100 yards and ran 12 times for 130 yards, and scored on an 11-yard touchdown pass and runs of 25, 27, and 42 yards in a 31-0 Nebraska victory.[21] His last game of the regular season was on September 24, when he began to experience difficulties in his right calf as the result of blood clotting. Nebraska beat Pacific 70-21, but Frazier played sparingly, and attempted only two passes, with one 26-yard completion.[22]

Dropback passer Brook Berringer led the team back to the FedEx Orange Bowl with a 12-0 record, where the Cornhuskers faced the third-ranked Miami Hurricanes in a national championship game. Frazier started the game, but was replaced by Berringer after a deep, end zone throw on Nebraska's initial drive resulted in a turnover. The Hurricanes gained the momentum, and led by 17-7 early in the 3rd quarter. With seven minutes left in the game and the team trailing 17-9, Osborne placed Frazier back in the lineup. Frazier led two touchdown drives that gave Nebraska a 24–17 victory. Nebraska's option plays tired the Miami defenders, and Frazier's fake of the option play enabled fullback Cory Schlesinger to score on 15 and 14 yard runs. The Cornhuskers celebrated their first national title since 1971, and the first of coach Osborne's career. Frazier was again named MVP, as despite the three-month layoff he completed 3 of 5 passes for 25 yards, and ran seven times for 31 yards, including a 25-yard option keeper.[23]

1995 football season

Frazier was back to health in 1995, and led the Cornhuskers through another undefeated campaign. He had a strong arm, though not a particularly accurate one, but by his senior year had improved his passing to the point that he completed 56.4 percent of his passes and had an efficiency rating of 156.1, along with 17 touchdowns.[24] His best passing performance of the season came in a 44-21 victory over Colorado on October 28, in which he had 14 completions in 23 attempts against a 10-2 Colorado Buffaloes team. He threw for 241 yards and two scores in that game, including a 52-yard touchdown to wingback Clester Johnson.[25] This performance put Frazier into consideration for the Heisman Trophy, though he would finish the season as the runner-up to Ohio State's Eddie George in Heisman voting.

The 1995 roster matched Frazier with a number of running backs that included Lawrence Phillips, Ahman Green, Clinton Childs, Damon Benning, Jeff Makovicka, and Jay Sims, to form a backfield that set an NCAA record 7.0 yards per rushing attempt. The Cornhuskers averaged 399.8 rushing yards and 52.4 points per game. In the regular season, Frazier completed 92 of 163 passes for 1,362 yards and four interceptions, rushed 97 times for 604 yards and 14 touchdowns, and was never sacked. His longest pass play went 76 yards to split end Reggie Baul, against Oklahoma State on August 31.[24]

Nebraska finished the regular season with an 11-0 record, and were matched with the 12-0 Florida Gators in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 1996. Frazier collected his third consecutive national championship game MVP award as the Cornhuskers defeated Florida's "Fun 'n' Gun" offense by a score of 62-24. He rushed 16 times for 199 yards, and completed 6 of 14 passes for 105 yards, with a 16-yard TD pass to Phillips.[26] On what appeared to be a routine short-yardage option sweep to the right sideline in the closing seconds of the 3rd quarter, Frazier kept the ball, turned upfield, and broke seven tackles in a career-high 75-yard touchdown run that was named by Sports Illustrated as one of college football's greatest plays.

Legacy

Frazier's place in the University of Nebraska's football history is firmly secured after helping the Cornhuskers win national and conference championships—and going 45-4 with 5,476 total yards of offense and 79 touchdowns. With his jersey number being retired in 1996, he was listed as one of the greatest college football players of the century according to Sport Magazine.[27]

Sports Illustrated's Tim Layden, who covered Frazier in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, discussed his leadership and toughness following Nebraska's 62-24 dismantling of the Florida Gators. "On that memorable 75-yard touchdown run, Frazier broke seven tackles and dragged two Florida defenders several yards before shaking free and rolling down the sideline alone," Layden elaborated. "And after playing brilliantly in both Nebraska's 18-16 Orange Bowl loss to Florida State in 1994 and the Cornhuskers' 24-17 national-title victory over Miami last season, he must now be considered one of the best big-game quarterbacks in college football history—its Joe Montana."[28]

Also, there was a kind, gentle, and humble side to Frazier that spectators were able to witness late that night as CBS' reporter Michele Tafoya handed him the microphone during the postgame celebration following the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. "Oh listen, I had a great career at Nebraska," Frazier said as this gave the South Floridian the opportunity to open up with gratitude, giving back to the Cornhusker fan base. "There is no better way to end it; I want to thank all the fans for all the support, and I want to thank all my teammates—most of all important, I want to thank the Lord Jesus Christ above, because without him, I wouldn't have been able to accomplish anything I have."[29]

On May 7, 2013, Tommie Frazier was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame. Frazier became eligible in 2006, and despite his many accomplishments on the field, it took 7 years for the committee to vote him into the Hall of Fame.

Professional playing career

Frazier won the MVP award for his 34-18 victory in the East-West Shrine Game, nationally televised on ESPN on January 13, 1996.[30] West Coach Terry Donahue said there was no doubt that Frazier's performance had improved his standing in regards to the NFL draft. "I think he came here with all kinds of doubts...this game really helped him and somebody is going to invest in him. I am really high on him. When I did the Fiesta Bowl, I said the guy was the most dangerous player in college football and I mean it more now. This guy's dangerous. He's great." Frazier completed 11 of 20 passes for 163 yards, rushed six times for 33 yards, scored on a five-yard run, and threw a 52-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Jordan with 5:57 left in the contest.[31]

The East-West Shrine Game showcased Frazier's skill set for the many NFL scouts in attendance, but before the NFL Scouting Combine, he experienced more problems with blood clots. Recruiting analyst Forrest Davis' publication had listed Frazier's speed in the 40-yard dash as 4.50 seconds when he came out of high school,[32] and his test results at Nebraska had been similar. However, Frazier's February 1996 performance at the NFL Scouting Combine was described as "pedestrian" by the February 12, 1996 Atlanta Journal Constitution.[33] Due primarily to health issues, Frazier was not drafted by the NFL, but received an offer from the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He signed a contract with the Alouettes on July 15, 1996, and served as a backup to starter Tracy Ham and top reserve Jim Kemp. Frazier played in only one game, on August 30, 1996, a 17-6 loss to the Ottawa Rough Riders in which he came off the bench in the 4th quarter and completed 6 of 17 passes for 55 yards.

Frazier's brief professional football career ended when, on September 4, 1996, he was admitted to Montreal General Hospital with pneumonia.[34] He was given blood thinners because of his history of clots, but spat blood. Frazier needed two weeks to recover, and on his September 17 release, retired from football.[35]

Coaching career

Frazier served as an assistant football coach at Baylor University, and as an assistant director of athletic development at Nebraska. At Baylor, Frazier joined head coach Kevin Steele's coaching staff as a graduate assistant, and worked with the quarterbacks in 1999.[36] He was promoted to a full-time position, and coached Baylor's running backs from 2000 to 2002. Steele failed to improve on Baylor's losing record, and the coaching staff was let go after going 3–9 in 2002.[37] Baylor went 9–36 while Frazier was as an assistant coach for the Bears.

In 2005, Frazier became the 32nd head football coach at Doane College, in Crete, Nebraska, and held that position for two seasons.[38]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Doane Tigers (Great Plains Athletic Conference) (2005–2006)
2005 Doane 2–8 2–8 9th
2006 Doane 1–9 1–9 11th (last)
Doane: 3–17 3–17
Total: 3–17

[39]

Records and statistics

  • 33–3 record as starter
  • 2 national championships
  • 4 Big Eight Conference championships
  • former Nebraska Cornhuskers record for total offense, career (5,476 yards)
  • former Nebraska Cornhuskers record for touchdown passes, career (43)
  • former Nebraska Cornhuskers record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback, season (14)
  • former NCAA record for rushing yards in a bowl game by a quarterback (199)
  • former Nebraska Cornhuskers record for total offense in a bowl game (304 yards)
  • longest touchdown run in a bowl game (75 yards)
Passing Rushing
YEAR CMP ATT CMP% YDS TD INT ATT YDS AVG TD
1992 54 121 44.6 873 12 3 93 400 4.3 7
1993 90 186 48.4 1,365 13 6 140 781 5.6 9
1994 22 49 44.9 298 4 3 40 279 7.0 6
1995 98 177 55.4 1,467 18 6 113 803 7.1 16
Totals 250 509 49.1 4,003 47 18 386 2,263 5.9 36

Notes - Statistics from the wikitable include bowl game performances.

Additional accolades

  • Football Writers 1995 First Team All American
  • Walter Camp 1995 First Team All American
  • Associated Press 1995 First Team All American
  • United Press International 1995 First Team All American
  • AFCA 1995 First Team All American
  • Sporting News Offensive Player of the Year (1995)
  • TD Club of Columbus Quarterback of the Year (1995)
  • Sport magazine Top 10 Players of the Century
  • Heisman Trophy Runner-Up (1995)
  • ESPY's College Football Play of the Year (1996)

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Further reading

  • Athlon Football - Nebraska & the Big Eight - 1992 Edition, Volume 16 (magazine)
  • Athlon Football - Nebraska & the Big Eight - 1993 Edition, Volume 17 (magazine)
  • Athlon Football - Nebraska & the Big Eight - 1994 Edition, Volume 18 (magazine)
  • Athlon Football - Nebraska & the Big Eight - 1995 Edition, Volume 19 (magazine)
  • Atlanta Journal Constitution - "Scouts seek next Slash; Just a QB, Frazier says", edition of February 12, 1996 (newspaper)
  • VHS recording of CBS Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, January 1, 1996
  • Lindy's Big Eight Football Annual / 1992, Volume 6 (magazine)
  • Bob Schaller's "Touchdown Tommie - The Tommie Frazier Story"
  • Sports Illustrated Presents - College Football '95 - Premier Edition (magazine)
  • Phil Steele's 1995 College Football Preview, Volume 1 (magazine)
  • Strong Arm Tactics: A History and Statistical Analysis of the Professional Quarterback
  • Tommie Frazier -- HuskerMax
  • USA Today - "East-West Shrine Game" (box score), January 13, 1996 (newspaper)
  • The Washington Post - "Frazier Shows Off Arm for Scouts", January 14, 1996 (newspaper)

External links

1992 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1992 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1992 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1993 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska.

1993 Orange Bowl

The 1993 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1993. This 59th edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and the Florida State Seminoles. Nebraska came into the game ranked number 11 at 9-2. Florida State entered the game ranked number 3 at 10-1.

In the first quarter, FSU quarterback Charlie Ward found wide receiver Tamarick Vanover for a 25-yard touchdown pass and a 7-0 Seminole lead. FSU's placekicker Dan Mowerey nailed a 41-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Florida State a 10-0 lead. Florida State's Charlie Ward threw a second touchdown pass to give Florida State a 17-0 second quarter lead. Dan Mowerey added 1 24-yard field goal with 2:34 left in the half to give FSU a 20-0 lead.

Tommie Frazier threw a 41-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Corey Dixon with just over a minute in the half to make the halftime score 20-7 FSU. Late in the third quarter, Florida State's Sean Jackson took a handoff, and rushed 11 yards for a touchdown giving FSU a 27-7 lead. Tommie Frazier threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Gerald Armstrong in the fourth quarter to make the margin 27-14, but the Cornhuskers would get no closer. Florida State held on for a 27-14 win.

1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1994 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers offense scored 459 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

1994 Orange Bowl

The 1994 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1994. The contest was the Bowl Coalition National Championship Game for the 1993 NCAA Division I-A football season. This 60th edition to the Orange Bowl featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight Conference and the Florida State Seminoles of the Atlantic Coast Conference.

1995 All-Big Eight Conference football team

The 1995 All-Big Eight Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Big Eight Conference teams for the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The selectors for the 1995 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the Big Eight Conference coaches (Coaches). The 1995 team was the final All-Big Eight football team due to the conference's merger in 1996 with four teams from the Southwest Conference to form the Big 12 Conference.

Four teams from the Big Eight Conference finished among the top ten in the final AP Poll of the 1995 season, and players from those teams dominated the All-Big Eight selections. The four ranked teams were:

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team (12–0), led by head coach Tom Osborne, won the national championship and led the conference with 15 players who received first- or second-team honors. Three Nebraska players were consensus first-team selections by both the AP and the Coaches: quarterback Tommie Frazier; defensive tackle Christian Peter; and defensive back Tyrone Williams.

The 1995 Colorado Buffaloes football team (10–2), led by head coach Rick Neuheisel, was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll and had 11 players who received first- or second-team All-Big Eight honors. Four Colorado players were consensus first-team selections: wide receiver Rae Carruth; offensive linemen Chris Naeole and Heath Irwin; and linebacker Matt Russell.

The 1995 Kansas State Wildcats football team (10–2), led by head coach Bill Snyder, was ranked No. 7 in the final AP Poll and had nine players who received All-Big Eight honors. Defensive lineman Tim Colston and defensive back Chris Canty were consensus first-team selections.

The 1995 Kansas Jayhawks football team (10–2), led by head coach Glen Mason, was ranked No. 9 in the final AP Poll and had nine players who received All-Big Eight honors. Offensive lineman Chris Banks and defensive back Dorian Brew were consensus first-team selections.Troy Davis of Iowa State and David Thompson of Oklahoma State were the consensus first-team running backs. Stephen Alexander of Oklahoma was the consensus first-team tight end.

1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team

The 1995 Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represented the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and was the national champion of the 1995 NCAA Division I-A football season. The team was coached by Tom Osborne and played their home games in Memorial Stadium in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Cornhuskers scored 638 points (53.2 per game) while only allowing 174 (14.5 per game). Their average margin of victory was 38.6 points, and their lowest margin of victory, against Washington State, was 14 points. They are regarded by many as the greatest college football team of all time.Nebraska won the final Big Eight Conference football championship in 1995, as the league expanded to form the Big 12 Conference the following season. The Cornhuskers successfully defended their national championship by beating Florida in the Fiesta Bowl 62–24.

1995 Orange Bowl

The 1995 Orange Bowl was a college football bowl game played on January 1, 1995, as the 61st edition of the Orange Bowl and the national championship game for the 1994 season. It featured the Nebraska Cornhuskers of the Big Eight and the Miami Hurricanes of the Big East. The game was a rematch of the historic 1984 Orange Bowl.

Although this was the Bowl Coalition's National Championship Game, it was a match-up of the first and third-ranked teams in the country, as second-ranked Penn State was obligated to play in the 1995 Rose Bowl as the Big Ten champion.

1996 Fiesta Bowl

The 1996 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl game was a post-season college football bowl game which served as the Bowl Alliance's designated national championship game for the 1995 college football season. Played on January 2, 1996, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona, the game matched the two top-ranked teams in the nation, No. 1 Nebraska of the Big Eight and No. 2 Florida of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Nebraska won the national championship by defeating Florida, 62–24.

Brook Berringer

Brook Warren Berringer (July 9, 1973 – April 18, 1996) was an American quarterback for the University of Nebraska football team in the mid-1990s. Berringer came to Nebraska from Goodland, Kansas, and played a backup role to Tommie Frazier. He was best known for replacing the injured Frazier during the 1994 season and leading the Cornhuskers to seven consecutive wins and to the Orange Bowl national championship game against the University of Miami Hurricanes.

College Football USA 97

College Football USA 97 is a video game of the sports genre released in 1997 by EA Sports. Its cover athlete is former University of Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier.

Fran Nagle

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Frazier

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Adam Frazier (born 1991), American baseball player

Alexander Fuld Frazier (born 1986), American autistic rights advocate and author, Director of Autistic Reality

Charles Frazier (born 1950), American historical novelist

E. Franklin Frazier, American sociologist

Jeff Frazier (born 1982), American baseball player

Jim Frazier (born 1940), Australian inventor, naturalist, and cinematographer

Joe Frazier (1944–2011), American heavyweight boxing champion

Joshua Frazier (born 1995), American football player

Kavon Frazier (born 1994), American football player

Kendrick Frazier (born 1942), magazine editor

Kenneth Frazier, President and CEO of pharmaceutical maker Merck

Kevin Frazier, U.S. television host

LaGaylia Frazier, American singer

Lynn Frazier, U.S. Senator from North Dakota, 1923-1941

Marvis Frazier (born 1960), American boxer; son of Joe Frazier

Nelson Frazier, Jr. (1971–2014), American professional wrestler best known as Viscera

Owsley Brown Frazier (1935–2012), American businessman and philanthropist

Todd Frazier (born 1986), American baseball player

Tommie Frazier (born 1974), American football player and coach

Walt Frazier (born 1945), American basketball player and sportscaster

Willie Frazier (1942–2013), American football player

Matt Franzen

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Nathan Hinkle

Nathan Hinkle is a former American football coach. He served as the 29th head football coach at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and he held that position for the 1980 season. His coaching record at Doane was 4–6.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football team represents the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Among the 128 Division I-FBS teams, Nebraska is one of ten football programs to win 800 or more games. Nebraska has more victories against Power Five opponents than any other program, as well as the fifth most victories all-time, behind only Michigan, Ohio State, Texas, and Alabama. Two of Nebraska's national championship-winning teams, the 1971 and 1995 teams, are listed by many as the best college football teams of all time.Nebraska claims 46 conference championships and five national championships: 1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, and 1997. The titles in the 1990s marked the first time that a team won three national championships in four seasons since Notre Dame in 1946–49, and one of only three instances a team has won back-to-back consensus national titles. Nebraska has won nine other national championships that the school does not claim. They are the only school with five or more national championships to not have a loss in any of their title seasons.

Nebraska has had five undefeated seasons in which they were not national champions: 1902, 1903, 1913, 1914, and 1915. Between 1912 and 1916, the Cornhuskers played 34 consecutive games without suffering a loss.Famous Cornhuskers include Heisman Trophy winners Johnny Rodgers, Mike Rozier, and Eric Crouch. Rodgers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and was voted the Nebraska "Player of the Century" in 1999. Rozier, who holds the all-time NCAA record for yards per carry, was likewise inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006. Other Cornhusker players and coaches who are Hall of Famers include: Forrest Behm, Bob Brown, Guy Chamberlin, Sam Francis, Tommie Frazier, Rich Glover, Wayne Meylan, Bobby Reynolds, Dave Rimington, George Sauer, Will Shields, Clarence Swanson, Ed Weir, Grant Wistrom, and coaches Gomer Jones, Pete Elliott, Francis Schmidt, Dana X. Bible, Bob Devaney, Biff Jones, Tom Osborne, Eddie N. Robinson and Fielding H. Yost.Since June 11, 2010 the University of Nebraska has been a member of the Big Ten Conference, previously affiliated with the Big 12. They are grouped in the Big Ten West Division, along with Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue, and Wisconsin.

Nebraska Cornhuskers football statistical leaders

The Nebraska Cornhuskers football statistical leaders are individual statistical leaders of the Nebraska Cornhuskers football program in various categories, including passing, rushing, receiving, total offense, defensive stats, and kicking. Within those areas, the lists identify single-game, single-season, and career leaders. The Cornhuskers represent the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in the NCAA's Big Ten.

Although Nebraska began competing in intercollegiate football in 1890, the school's official record book considers the "modern era" to have begun in 1956. Records from before this year are often incomplete and inconsistent, and they are generally not included in these lists.

These lists are dominated by more recent players for several reasons:

Since 1890, seasons have increased from 10 games to 11 and then 12 games in length.

The NCAA didn't allow freshmen to play varsity football until 1972 (with the exception of the World War II years), allowing players to have four-year careers.

Bowl games only began counting toward single-season and career statistics in 2002.These lists are updated through the end of the 2016 season.

Rich Glover

Richard Edward Glover (born February 6, 1950) is a former professional football player, a defensive tackle for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He played college football at Nebraska under head coach Bob Devaney. Glover played high school football at Snyder High School in Jersey City, New Jersey. Glover recalls a time when his coach, Roy Corso, instructed each player to bring a garbage pail cover with them for after the game. When asked why, Corso responded it was for their own protection. Glover admits if it wasn't for those covers, they never would have made it past the losing team throwing rocks at the bus windows on the way out of the parking lot.

In his senior season for the Huskers in 1972, he won the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award; the second of eight Nebraska winners of the Outland Trophy and the first of five Nebraska winners of the Lombardi Award. Nebraska players have won nine Outland Trophys overall, by far the most in the nation. Oklahoma has the second most with four. As the middle guard, he was a key member of the Blackshirts as an underclassman on the 1970 and 1971 undefeated Nebraska teams that won consecutive national championships. The 1972 team was a pre-season #1 but lost their road opener to UCLA and finished 9-2-1, rising to fourth in the final AP poll, buoyed by a third consecutive Orange Bowl victory, 40-6 over Notre Dame.

Rich Glover was the second straight winner of the Outland Trophy from Nebraska, his New York Giant teammate Larry Jacobson won in 1971. He is the first of four Cornhuskers (Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler and Ndamukong Suh), and one of thirteen lineman, to have won both the Outland Trophy and the Lombardi Award in their careers. Glover also finished third in the 1972 Heisman Trophy voting, won by teammate Johnny Rodgers; he was the only defensive player in the top ten.He was selected to the Nebraska All-Century Football Team and is one of sixteen Cornhuskers to have his jersey (#79) retired. Glover was selected to the College Football Hall Of Fame in 1995.

In 1999 Glover was selected as a starting defensive tackle by Sports Illustrated in their "NCAA Football All-Century Team" alongside other starting defensive tackle Bronko Nagurski. The second and third team defensive tackles were Buck Buchanan, Lee Roy Selmon, Mike Reid and Randy White. Glover was one of six Nebraska Cornhuskers on SI's All-Century Team 85 man roster; the others being Johnny Rodgers, Dave Rimington, Dean Steinkuhler, Tommie Frazier, and Aaron Taylor. Glover, the oldest of the six, was the only Cornhusker defensive player selected.

Following his collegiate career, he was selected by the New York Giants in the third round of the 1973 NFL Draft, the 69th pick overall. He played with the Giants (along with fellow Husker and Outland winner Larry Jacobson) for one season before joining the Shreveport Steamers of the World Football League in 1974. He then joined the Philadelphia Eagles in 1975 before injuries ended his NFL career. He went on to become a teacher and coach in the public school system of San José, California. In 2004, he was part of the New Mexico State football coaching staff.

He is currently the assistant coach at Harrison High School. Previously he was head coach at William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, New Jersey.Glover is a graduate of Snyder High School in Jersey City.

Tommie

Tommie is a masculine given name of English origin, occasionally a nickname or shortened form of Thomas, and is sometimes used as a feminine form of Thomas. Notable people with the name include:

Tommie Aaron (1939–1984), first baseman and left fielder in Major League Baseball

Tommie Agee (1942–2001), Major League Baseball center fielder

Tommie Agee (American football) (born 1964), former American National Football League running back

Tommie Barfield (1888-1949), the first school superintendent of Collier County, Florida

Tommie Bass (1908-1996) Appalachian herbalist who lived near Lookout Mountain, Alabama

Tommie Brown (born 1934), former representative of Chattanooga to the Tennessee state legislature

Tommie Burton (1878–1946), West Indian cricketer

Tommie Connor (1904–1993), British songwriter

Tommie Eriksson, musician who played in the symphonic metal band Therion

Tommie Frazier (born 1974), former college football quarterback

Tommie Gorman (born 1956), Irish journalist

Tommie Harris (born 1983), American National Football League defensive tackle

Tommie Hill (born 1985), American football defensive end

Tommie Hughes (1974–2006), convicted murderer

Tommie Lindsey (born 1951), American high school public speaking coach

Tommie Reynolds (born 1941), former Major League Baseball outfielder

Tommie Shelby, philosopher and writer

Tommie Sisk (born 1942), former right-handed Major League Baseball pitcher

Tommie Smith (born 1944), African American former track & field athlete

Tommie Sunshine, record producer, remixer, DJ and electronic music songwriter Thomas Lorello

Tommie van der Leegte (born 1977), retired Dutch footballer

Tommie Young, American soul and gospel singer from Dallas, Texas

Tommie Frazier—championships, awards, and honors

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