Profile: Andre Frazier

The first thing you notice when you watch Andre Frazier play is that he's a high-effort, high-intensity kind of player. Frazier, a lanky 6-5, 230-pounder, doesn't know any other way to play.

"That's always the first thing people say when they watch me," said Frazier, who's making the transition from defensive end at the University of Cincinnati to outside linebacker for the Steelers."Everybody says I'm a high-motor guy. It's just the way I've always played."

It's what helped Frazier, a walk-on at Cincinnati, record 22.5 career sacks at Cincinnati and 44.5 career tackles behind the line of scrimmage, finishing behind Antwaan Peek, now with the Houston Texans, who had 27 and 56 in his career, respectively.

Don't get the idea that Frazier doesn't have a pedigree, though. He turned down an offer from Bob Huggins to walk onto the basketball team and his father, Guy Frazier, played for the Bengals in the '80s, where his position coach was Dick LeBeau, now the defensive coordinator for the Steelers.

"I had a couple of offers from other schools," said Frazier, who weighed 185 pounds when he left high school. "But I wanted to stay close to home. I grew up really close to the campus and Cincinnati was right for me."

The Steelers have made a living turning college defensive ends into NFL outside linebackers. Frazier, who will try to earn a spot on the Steelers' roster as an undrafted rookie, said having so many guys around who have successfully made that transition helps.

"When you have guys like Joey Porter and Clark Haggans, who have done it, you know it can be done," said Frazier. "It's a big transition, but they've been very helpful to me. I can't ask those guys enough questions.

"I just can't wait to put the pads on and really show what I can do. In the meantime, I'm studying and trying to learn as much as I can. I'm trying to be a sponge and soak up as much as I can."

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