Saturday, June 9, 2012

2012 Player Spotlights: Hayden Frazier

Hayden Frazier.
Hayden Frazier
Olathe East 

Position: Running Back
Height: 6-foot-0
Weight: 180 lbs.
Year: Senior 

State to Note
As a junior Frazier carried the ball 93 times for 489 yards and seven touchdowns in 12 games, good for honorable mention All-Sunflower League honors.

Scouting Report
Frazier's ready for a breakout season on the gridiron.  He's bid his time patiently, playing third-string running back last year behind seniors John Kelsh and Kendall Kelly, both of whom conquered the 1,000-yard rushing mark.  It says alot about Frazier that he was still able to churn out nearly 500 rushing yards getting carries after those two.

Frazier won't have any problem getting all of the carries he wants in 2012.  He's going to be the Hawks primary ball carrier and given Olathe East's recent run-to-pass ratios (roughly 80/20) you can all but pencil in Frazier for a 1,000+ rushing yard season.  While he's probably not going to overpower anyone with his ability to break tackles (his 180-pound listing is generous) he won't have to to be successful--he has great speed and burst out of the backfield which gives him an edge getting past the second level.

You know Olathe East is going to be good, the only question is how good?  They've lost in the Sub-State round the past two seasons, but as the old Jeff Meyers maxim goes, the Hawks will keep knocking on the door until it breaks open.  Frazier is Olathe East's most notable returning player and he should be a fun one to watch this upcoming season.

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