Missouri Defensive End Marcell Frazier Aiming For Breakout Season

Missouri redshirt junior defensive end Marcell Frazier could be a breakout candidate this season.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — Marcell Frazier wasn’t ready for what he would encounter during his first season with the Missouri football team a year ago.

Frazier transferred from College of the Siskiyous and won the starting defensive end job opposite Charles Harris out of training camp. That didn’t last for the 6-foot-5, 255-pounder, however.

“I didn’t meet any of my expectations at all,” Frazier said Monday. “I thought I could just kind of walk in and me starting last year was kind of like fool’s good. I probably shouldn’t have but it was like fool’s good because it led me to believe something that I kind of wasn’t and my body didn’t hold up.”


The expectations are much higher for Frazier this fall in his redshirt junior season after the dismissal of Walter Brady, who finished last season as the Tigers’ starter at defensive end and tied Harris for the team lead with seven sacks. 

Frazier, who finished with 18 tackles, including six for loss, two sacks and one forced fumble in 2015, is confident that he’ll be able to win that job and is looking to make the most of it.

“I took the starting job last year when I got here,” he said. “I was pretty out of shape, didn’t know any plays. I started the first three games and my body kind of gave out. But I feel pretty confident. I’ve had a whole year to be in the weight room with a D-1 weight staff. Really I didn’t do much on my own before I got here and I still got the starting job, so I’m pretty confident right now.”

Frazier said he was so focused on getting all of his academic work completed to be able to make it to Missouri a year ago that he wasn’t able to train and get in good enough shape to prepare himself for when he finally arrived in Columbia. 

The physicality of Division I football proved to be too much for his body. Now he’s ready for what he’s up against. The past year has been good for him, physically, he said.

“My body fat’s down by like 10 percent,” Frazier said. “My weight is the same. Body fat is down. Stamina is up. All my numbers in the weight room are up. So we’ll see if that translates to the field.”

What does Frazier bring to the field? 

“Speed. Quickness. Relentless effort,” he said. “That’s pretty much it.”

That could be exactly what the Tigers need at defensive end with Harris sure to attract a lot more attention from offenses following his second-team All-Southeastern Conference season a year ago.

Frazier sounds like a player ready to break out in his second season with the Tigers and follow Missouri’s impressive tradition of success defensive lineman. He spent time this offseason working out but also learning from some of them, one in particular. 

“Shane (Ray) was here a lot this summer,” Frazier said. “Every time Shane talked I just listened. I hung out with him a little bit off the field. Just listened to what he had to say. All the DeMarcus Ware stories, Von Miller and all that. Listened to Walter (Brady) a lot. Listened to Charles (Harris) a lot. Tried to soak up as much as I could.”


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