It's a steamy Tuesday morning at a SMU practice in August. As the team is wrapping up drills for the day, a recognizable athlete is standing on the sidelines watching. While he wishes he was out there, he has to wait. It's former Dallas Skyline quarterback Chris Frazier. The 2009 SMU commitment didn't have the necessary academic qualifications to play with the Mustangs this season, but that does not mean he doesn't feel like part of the team.
"It's lot of motivation for me. Actually after the practice that I watched, I got to sit down and eat breakfast with the team. I was sitting with Shawnbrey McNeal, Marquis Frazier, and talked with Bo," stated Frazier to PonyStampede.com. "In the situation I'm in right now, I'm sort of stuck. But, the guys have been great. They have been motivating me and telling me how much they want me on this team. We have been texting each other and talking on Facebook. They keep me in the loop."
Frazier is now suiting up for Cisco junior college, which is a couple hours west of Fort Worth. The Wranglers are 0-2 on the season, but Frazier is getting valuable experience. On Saturday, after telling PonyStampede.com that he was expecting to play quarterback earlier in the week, the Skyline product played rover. Rover is a combination of linebacker and safety. It's usually present in old school 4-3 defenses and 5-2 monster defenses. Frazier excelled, recording eight tackles, one of which for a loss.
"It doesn't matter to me where I play. They needed a guy to help out with that side of the football. I fit into the position pretty well. Next week is our bye week, so they are going to work on me playing quarterback, running back, and the slot," said Frazier. "I will be playing both sides of the football for the most part of the season."
Working hard to get his academic situation in order, Frazier is taking 18 credit hours this semester. His hopes are that he will be able to join the Mustangs in 2010.
"We have discussed me getting on next season, but they have yet to discuss how many hours I need to get it done. I'm working hard though and trying to get it done."
Junior college football can be a different experience. Depending on the team and school, a player will realize that there isn't much of a team. It's more individuals playing for themselves. It's been an experience Frazier has seen first hand.
"At first I thought I was going to struggle with not being at SMU, but it's going pretty good. Some of the older guys are playing for themselves, but not all of them. There are a lot of older guys who actually care about the team. I have been working hard and making the best of the situation. I'm not going to complain about it. It's sort of a good thing right now. I'm under the radar. When I come back to SMU, people are going to be like, 'who is this kid.'"