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COLUMN: Zach Frazier’s closing faculty play encapsulated all the pieces that makes him nice

Zach Frazier goes to be remembered as among the finest home-grown gamers to ever put on a West Virginia jersey.

The soft-spoken, humble younger man from Fairmont developed into one of many premiere faculty soccer gamers within the nation over his four-year profession in Morgantown. He’ll virtually actually garner all-conference and All-American honors within the coming weeks and appears primed to be a first-round decide within the subsequent NFL draft.

Frazier performed lots of soccer for the Mountaineers since he stepped on campus in 2019. All through all 46 of his profession begins, there may be one play particularly that you would be able to level to and say “That is the type of participant Zach Frazier was and that is what he meant to WVU.”

You in all probability already know the play I’m speaking about. It should find yourself being the ultimate play of his faculty profession when Frazier carried receiver Hudson Clement to a primary down to start the group’s game-winning drive in opposition to Baylor on Saturday.

On that one play, Frazier confirmed each facet of why he can be remembered as among the finest to ever play for the Mountaineers.

“I feel that one play actually sums up who he’s as a participant and what he has meant to this system,” WVU coach Neal Brown stated on MetroNews Talkline Tuesday morning. 

The issues that make Frazier the participant he’s are his toughness, his intelligence, his means to do the little issues proper and his willingness to do something for his group to win.

As he carried Clement previous the primary down marker, which stopped the clock and saved the group valuable seconds as time was winding down, Frazier got here up limp. He knew if he stayed down WVU can be assessed an damage timeout and there can be a 10-second runoff so he carried himself, primarily on one leg, to the sideline earlier than collapsing on the bottom.

“He will get injured after actually carrying Hudson Clement for a primary down,” Brown stated. “He’s in lots of ache and he hops off the sector so we don’t get a ten-second runoff. He’s an unbelievably robust particular person and very smart.”

Your entire play saved the Mountaineers round 20 seconds as they launched into a game-winning two-minute drill. Had Frazier not helped Clement get a primary down or not limped to the sideline, it’s completely attainable WVU wouldn’t have had sufficient time to attain the go-ahead landing.

“The traditional individual doesn’t actually notice that, however that’s the kind of child he’s,” quarterback Garrett Greene stated after the sport. “He’s as selfless as they arrive, 10 seconds might have been the distinction. I like him and I’d do something for him.”

Brown stated immediately that Frazier is not going to play in WVU’s bowl recreation. Frazier introduced on social media Tuesday afternoon that he had surgical procedure on Monday, ending his faculty profession.

“I can’t say sufficient about Zach Frazier, so appreciative of him and his household,” Brown stated after the sport. “I feel one play sums up who he’s for his complete profession. I simply hope our fanbase understands {that a} younger man from Fairmont, I feel, is the most effective middle in faculty soccer.”

The opposite facet of Frazier’s WVU profession is how beloved he’s. I doubt there’s a single one who calls themself a WVU fan that has a single dangerous phrase to say about him. There’s actually nobody inside this system who has something dangerous to say both.

“My ideas and prayers are with Zach Frazier,” Greene stated. “He’s certainly one of my finest pals up right here. To see that occur to a man like that, he does all the pieces proper, it simply breaks my coronary heart and I’m in all probability not going to get pleasure from this win as a lot as I ought to simply due to how a lot he means to me and the way a lot he means to this program and full state.”

“Form of bittersweet actually,” Brown stated. “We win the sport however he will get harm on the finish so my degree of pleasure is subdued due to that.”

Regardless of the future holds for Frazier, he might be safe in the truth that his West Virginia legacy is secured. He is among the finest to ever don the Previous Gold and Blue and it appears sure that he can be remembered as such.

“I plan on doing this for a very long time and I don’t know if I’ll ever coach a middle that’s higher,” Brown stated. “I’ve had some good gamers, however I’ve by no means coached one which’s higher.”