WVU soccer center Zach Frazier on rushing attack success

Given that the surprise success of West Virginia’s running game has been a silver lining this season, it’s time to hear from a player who played a major role in what worked so well on the field – center Zach Frazier.

WVU offensive coordinator Graham Harrell expressed the feeling that the running game was driven by giving the ball to big players and leading a balanced offense and that the typical “Air Raid” label does not match him. Running back Tony Mathis has always believed in him. Head coach Neal Brown was candid about his thought process when recruiting freshman CJ Donaldson, but said he knew he would have an impact. But Mountaineer fans have yet to hear Frazier talk about his thoughts on WVU’s 200-meter running performance.

WVU OC Graham Harrell doesn’t think ‘Air Raid’ tag fits his offense

That’s no longer the case, with Frazier appearing on the Big 12 Today show on Sirius XM’s college football channel. “When you block for a guy like Tony, you want to give it your all. He is always behind us and we try to open the holes for him. He made a lot of tough runs for us, which you gotta love as an offensive lineman, Frazier said when asked about Mathis’ big game against Baylor and why it all went so well. went well for Mathis and the offensive line.

Mathis threw for 163 yards averaging 7.4 yards per carry in the win over the Bears. He’s rushed for 459 yards on exactly 5 yards per carry so far this season. Donaldson, who has been out since being carried off the field against Texas, is expected to return for WVU’s game with Texas Tech this Saturday. Donaldson was previously the Mountaineers’ top rusher before getting injured. He still has 389 total yards on 6.9 points, which has been helped by big plays. Factor Justin Johnson and WVU had one of the best rushing attacks in the nation.

But as is often the case in football, no ball carrier can be successful without a line block and it’s much easier to run when you do it behind a big line you trust. Frazier, like any other veteran offensive lineman, is going to be humble and give full credit to the backs, but he’s the unsung hero of the ground game that’s been so good this year.

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