MORGANTOWN, W.Va.–Playing as a true freshman is a tough feat, let alone starting as one on the offensive line.

With the suspension to Chase Behrndt last Saturday, freshman Zach Frazier got the opportunity to start at center for West Virginia University.

The 6-foot-2, 308-pound center had a good game and shows a lot of promise.

“I was impressed with what Zach did in his first college action,” head coach Neal Brown said. “It is tough. Center, for me, is the toughest position to play early. But he did it and he did it well. I was proud of how he performed and prepared during the week. That gave him an opportunity.”

Frazier was a product of Brown’s first recruiting class with the Mountaineers. As a senior, he helped lead his team to the Class AA state semifinals.

The Fairmont Senior High graduate was a captain for his senior season and helped the Polar Bears’ offense record 239.5 (rushing) and 205.9 (passing) averages with 75 total touchdowns. Also, he recorded a fumble recovery for a touchdown.

Frazier’s efforts on against EKU earned the big man lots of praise from the coaching staff and Brown can see similarities in the big man much like that of 49ers offensive lineman Colton McKivitz.

“Colton was a guy that you knew what you were getting every single day and I respected that,” Brown said after the game. “The same thing I would say about Zach. In the short time that we’ve been here, every day he shows up with the mentality to get better and to work and so they are very similar in that regard.”

While those are big shoes to fill, it is easy to say that hard work could lead to a bright future at WVU for the in-state kid.

Cover Photo Credit: Caleb Saunders, WVU Football