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On a team that wants to play fast and utilize its speed on nearly every play, George Frazier is a rarity.
The 6-foot-2, 260-pound junior is the lone fullback at Colorado, and the Buffaloes don’t really use the fullback very much.
Still, the Buffs and Frazier believe there’s plenty of potential for him to play a key role this season, whether at fullback, tight end or H-back.
“It depends on the game, but he plays on all the different special teams (as well),” CU head coach Mike MacIntyre said. “He’s going to definitely be out there.”
Frazier has been a unique asset to the Buffs for the past couple of years. Originally a linebacker when he arrived in the fall of 2013, he moved to fullback that season and practiced offense while he redshirted.
In 2014, he played 12 games on offense and 10 on defense, becoming the first CU player in nine years to play both sides of the ball in the same game. That season, he gave the Buffs a glimpse of his potential as a weapon on offense, scoring a rushing touchdown and catching five passes for 35 yards and three touchdowns.
Given what he showed in limited opportunities that season, fans were eager to see what he’d do with an expanded role last season, but that never materialized.
Playing exclusively on offense, Frazier caught six passes for 31 yards and a touchdown, but was never used as a runner and was largely unused as a weapon with the ball. He was used quite a bit as a blocker.
This season, Frazier is eager to see how he fits into an offense that doesn’t figure to use the fullback much and will often split tight ends out as slot receivers.
“As of right now, coach (Darrin Chiaverini) is doing a great job using a lot of different people at a lot of different positions,” Frazier said. “He’s giving me places to make plays, using me at fullback and making sure I know the tight end. I’m playing a lot so far in the spring, so we’ll see how things go.”
Going into his second season of concentrating solely on offense, Frazier said he has a new level of comfort with his role and hopes that produces more opportunities for him to have the ball in his hands.
“I’ve been working (on the position over the years), I just haven’t played that much in games until last year,” he said. “This year, just being able to know that I have so many years under my belt working, I’m confident in the position and I’m not worried about anything.
“(The coaches) see me as a bigger body matchup, a little more athletic as well, so I should be able to do more than just block.”
Just a week into spring practices, Frazier likes his role and he likes what he sees from CU’s retooled offense.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “So far, from what it seems, we’re moving fast. I believe we’re going to be a lot better on offense, a lot more points on the board, things like that.”
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