Continuing on with our 100 day countdown to WVU’s season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide, we have reached day 19 the number once worn by WVU defensive back, Lance Frazier.
Originally from Delray Beach, FL, Frazier was a four-year member of the WVU football program, from 2000 to 2003. During his Mountaineer career, Frazier made 44 career appearances (36 starts) for the team, and recorded 192 tackles, 38 pass break-ups, eight interceptions, eight forced fumbles, and a sack. He was also a special teams threat when returning the ball as he has 664 career punt return yards, and a touchdown to his credit. Frazier played in three bowl games during his time with the Mountaineers, and was a member of the Athletic Director’s Academic Honor Roll.
As a freshman, Frazier played in seven of the Mountaineers 12 games during the course of the 2000 season. Frazier made his first collegiate start for West Virginia in the teams’ week four victory at Temple. During that season, Frazier recorded 27 tackles, along with nine pass break-ups, two interceptions, a forced fumble, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Frazier’s efforts helped the Mountaineers finish the 2000 season 7-5 overall after they defeated Ole Miss 49-38 in the Music City Bowl.
The following season was a failure for the team as a whole as WVU struggled through injuries, inconsistent play, and adjusting to a brand new offensive system under new head coach, Rich Rodriguez. Frazier, on the other hand, excelled in just his second season playing on the collegiate level as he recorded 49 tackles, seven pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, and a sack. West Virginia finished that season 3-8 overall.
As a junior, the 5’11”, 190 pound corner back started and played all 13 games for the Mountaineers during the 2002 campaign. Frazier helped the team get back on the right track as he recorded 49 tackles, eight pass break-ups, and an interception. The Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 9-4 overall after falling to Virginia in the 2002 Continental Tire Bowl 48-22.
In his final season sporting the old Gold and Blue, Frazier did not disappoint as he recorded career-bests in multiple statistical categories. Frazier finished his senior year with 67 tackles, 14 pass break-ups, five interceptions, and four forced fumbles to his credit. Frazier also added a 64 yard punt return to his stat line in the Mountaineers 45-28 home victory against Temple. The Mountaineers finished the season with a record of 8-5 overall after falling to Maryland 41-7 in the 2004 Gator Bowl. However, the team earned the school its first share of a Big East conference championship since 1993 after finishing the regular season tied in the standings with Miami after both teams posted a 6-1 mark in league play.
Lance Frazier went on to graduate from West Virginia University with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in the spring of 2004. From there, Frazier went on to pursue a career in professional football as he signed with the Baltimore Ravens as an un-drafted free agent in 2004.
Frazier later changed teams as he signed with the Dallas Cowboys in October the 2004 regular season after spending most of his time on the Ravens’ practice squad. He spent a season in Dallas where he started eight games for “America’s Team.” Frazier recorded 39 tackles, and two interceptions that year. However, Frazier was waived by the organization in the 2005 off-season, and would go on to leave the league completely following a brief stint on the practice roster of the Seattle Seahawks.
Currently, Frazier is a member of the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League. He has been a member of the team since 2007, but makes a living as a substitute teacher at Christina School District in Delaware.
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