After starting at quarterback for Monmouth University for parts of the past four seasons, Kyle Frazier has a plan for when his football playing career comes to an end. The Damascus grad earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice last year and is working toward a master’s in homeland security at the West Long Branch, N.J., school with hopes to become an FBI agent.
But Frazier will happily put those career goals on the back burner as he chases his gridiron dream. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound signal caller scaled back his course load from four classes to two this spring, so he could devote more time to football, training under former NFL quarterback Scott Brunner.
While Frazier is unlikely to hear his name called in the seven-round NFL draft next week, he should have the opportunity to sign a free agent contract or at least earn an invitation from one of the 32 squads to try out at rookie minicamp next month.
He has attended the NFL’s regional combine in New York, worked out for the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints at his school’s pro day last month and participated in private workouts with other local college players on separate days last week at the Jets and New York Giants practice facilities.
“Hopefully, I can get in camp and make some noise there,” Frazier said. “You just want a chance to hopefully make a team.”
At Damascus, Frazier started three years under center, leading the Swarmin’ Hornets to a pair of Maryland state titles, 4A in 2005 and 3A in 2007. An honorable mention All-Met as a senior, he thrived as a game-manager in a run-first offense, often given the freedom to change the call at the line during his career high school career, according to former Damascus Coach Dan Makosy.
In picking Monmouth of the Northeast Conference in the Football Championship Subdivision, Frazier accepted the lone scholarship offer that he had and joined a team that ran a spread system based out of a shotgun set with at least three receivers on most plays. He redshirted his first season with the Hawks before earning the full-time starting job during the 2009 campaign.
“He’s a good student of the game, and he asked very smart questions all the time,” said Makosy, who also coached Frazier’s two brothers during his 10 seasons at the school. “You take a kid like that and put him in any offense and he’s going to learn it and do it well.”
Frazier, whose younger brother Connor was an All-Met in 2010, went on to become one of the most decorated quarterbacks in Monmouth history. He finished as the program’s all-time leader in completion percentage and completions, second in passing yards and third in passing touchdowns.
After missing the second half of his junior season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the fifth-year senior returned this fall to lead the conference with 2,431 passing yards and a 67 percent completion rate. He said representatives from about 20 NFL teams saw the team at different points throughout the season.
In December, Frazier began looking for an agent with help from his older brother Gregg, a Damascus assistant coach. He is now represented by Warren Schmidt, who has helped him maximize his exposure, especially important given Frazier’s small college background.
“They really look at you hard, and you have to make an impression,” said Frazier, noting that performance in meetings with coaches can count as much as raw ability. “Hopefully, you can catch someone’s eye and they give you a shot.”
For the past few months, he’s been hard at work in New Jersey, mixing in daily workouts along with throwing sessions, often with leading wide receiver Tristan Roberts, who is also hoping to land with an NFL team.
Frazier has spent a lot of his time focusing on foot work, getting used to taking snaps under center again after a college career spent exclusively in the shot gun.
He still has found time to attend class at night and will need one more semester on campus to finish his master’s work. He’s hoping to be able to put that off until next offseason.
“There can be some really long days,” Frazier said, “but hopefully in the end, it’s worth it.”