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Frazier Strong and Steady in Bison Backfield

King Frazier may not get the press that more "exciting" players like Lance Dunn and Bruce Anderson get, but he's leading the team in attempts, yards, and touchdowns in the running game. Frazier is a powerful back, whose punishing style wears on teams deep into the fourth quarter.

I'm guilty of it.  We're actually all guilty of it here at BisonReport.  It's sometimes more fun to talk about Lance Dunn because he is so very fast.  It's fun to talk about Bruce Anderson because of his talent, his yards-per-carry and his ability to pitch in on special teams.  It's fun to talk about Chase Morlock because he plays all over the field and grew up just a few miles from the stadium.

Bison senior King Frazier has actually carried the football more than 24 times than any other Bison back.  He's leading the team in rushing and leading the team in rushing touchdowns.  The Bison have a bigger offensive line than they've ever had.  They're a punishing run unit that wears teams down, and Frazier is the 212 pound back that attacks tacklers and assists in that process.

"It goes to what the coaches preach.  We pride ourselves on wearing defenses down.  I run hard, right at them.  You can tell, hands on their hips and breathing hard.  That's when we really like to shine and show what the Bison do." said Frazier

That philosophy was evident, especially in the program-elevating win over Iowa.  The Bison dominated the fourth quarter.  Frazier pitched in 22 yards on 4 carries in the final fifteen minutes, but the "body blows" he delivered the Hawkeyes during the first three quarters on the way to 99 yards rushing had a lot to do with just how beat up the Hawkeyes were late in that game.

Frazier was actually recruited by the Bison out of high school.  He chose to walk on to Nebraska's program and compete in the Big Ten conference.  After redshirting, Frazier competed as a freshman, appeared in 12 games and played a key role on special teams.  He was used sparingly on offense, but did score a touchdown.  After Nebraska brought in several nationally ranked running back prospects, Frazier's spot on the depth chart was in jeopardy, and he renewed the mutual interest with North Dakota State.

Frazier, like the rest of the Bison backs, would love to get more carries, but his selflessness is just another example of Bison Pride.  Frazier wearing down opponents and agreeing to share the load with the rest of his running back brothers has led to numerous explosive gains in the second halves of games by not only Anderson and Dunn, but by quarterback Easton Stick as well.

He has certainly been the "bell cow" back.  89 carries and 464 yards on the ground are impressive at this point.  He's clearly on the path for a 1,000 yard season.  Frazier has also only suffered 5 yards worth of lost yardage all season.  His no-nonsense approach to running the football is appreciated by Tim Polasek and the offensive staff.  The former Husker is also NDSU's best weapon around the goal line, with two more touchdowns (of any kind) than anyone else on the team.

Frazier is continually underrated.

The Bison are trying to get back to running the football in the way that they have all season long.  South Dakota State was not a good run defense (they weren't really a good defense, period) yet the Bison were out-gained, both on the ground and overall.  NDSU had the ball with four minutes left and a chance to melt the clock away as they have done so many times in the past, and failed.  

"We just have to finish a lot better than we did last week.  We didn't finish a lot of blocks, and I didn't finish a lot of runs."

NDSU will take off for two road games, much like they did a season ago after dropping a game at home to South Dakota.  The Bison, who've lost one road conference game since 2010, look to get healthy away from the dome as the almost always do.  

What makes the Bison so tough on the road? Frazier sums it up nicely:

"We just hungry." 


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