Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BY ANY OTHER NAME Frazier Plays to Escape Big Brother's Legend

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

BY ANY OTHER NAME Frazier Plays to Escape Big Brother's Legend

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GAINESVILLE -- If only his name were different, Rod Frazier's

adjustment at the University of Florida would have been much


But the name is Frazier -- as in, Tommie Frazier.

The same Tommie Frazier who as quarterback at Nebraska in 1995

helped the Cornhuskers bury the Gators in the national

championship game. So a month after the Fiesta Bowl, Rod

Frazier, four years younger than brother Tommie, signed a letter

of intent to play for the Gators.

Following footsteps is hard enough. Following them over burned

bridges is nearly impossible.

"They always used to ask me, `Did he [Tommie] ever talk about

that run?' " Rod said of Tommie's 75-yard touchdown in the

Fiesta Bowl, a microcosm of Florida's embarrassment in what had

been the biggest game in school history. "That's what everybody

here wants to talk about."

This is what Rod Frazier walked into nearly 14 months ago. He

was more than another talented freshman recruit. His face -- the

one that looks just like Tommie's -- was a painful reminder for

anyone who cared to remember the Fiasco Bowl.

"We joked with him about it; we teased him," Florida safety

Tony George said. "But you know, I guess he should've been

teasing us. But all that doesn't mean anything now."

Especially with Frazier's new-found status at Florida. A week

ago, he was a redshirt freshman backup fullback. Going into

tomorrow's Southeastern Conference game against Arkansas at

Florida Field, he has become a key component of the Florida


When Terry Jackson was lost for the season earlier this week

with a knee injury, Frazier became the top-ranked Gators'

starting fullback, and will rotate with sophomore Eugene

McCaslin. The kid with the boyish looks and legendary name has

made an impact at Florida. And it finally had nothing to do with


"I had no idea I'd play this much this early in my career,"

Frazier said. "But there's no added pressure, none whatsoever. …

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