NU FOOTBALL: Homecoming bittersweet
for former NU star
BY RYLY JANE HAMBLETON Lincoln Journal Star
Frazier, who delighted Nebraska football fans four four years and led the Huskers to two national championships, returned to Memorial Stadium Saturday, but this time, he was wearing the green and gold of Baylor University.
"I tried to tell myself don't worry about it as a thing to get emotional about. I have a job to do and go out and do it," said Frazier, who is the Bears' running backs coach. "The whole week of preparing for this, I tried to keep it in mind that this is a business trip.
"Seeing all the fans and hearing them yelling my name was good. But the main thing on my mind was the football game and what I had to do."
Frazier was philosophical about watching his team fall 59-0 to Nebraska.
"I understand what I got myself into. I'm there for Baylor . . . to do the best I can to help them build a program," he said. "Today, we faced the No. 1 team in the country. I feel deep down inside they are the No. 1 team in the country. And they played that way. We had a couple of bad plays in the first quarter. We had the blocked punt and the quarterback fumbled deep in our territory. Those two plays right there are what took the air out of our guys' sails."
Frazier, who was second in the Heisman voting after the 1995 season, didn't get much of a chance to watch Eric Crouch, the Nebraska quarterback who is being touted for the Heisman and mentioned in the same breath as Frazier.
"I really didn't see all that much of him today. They got to a big lead in the first quarter and then I guess they rested him for next week," Frazier said. "But from what I saw, he's every bit of what they say. He deserves to be a Heisman Trophy candidate and if he keeps playing the way he is, there's a good chance he might win it."
Frazier's advice for Crouch in dealing with the pressures of the season was simple.
"Just keep playing. Don't worry about what happens outside. You just go in there and play your best and continue doing what you're doing," he said. "Everthing else will fall into place. My only advice to him is to just keep playing within the system and keep playing within himself and keep leading the team to victories.
"Ratings are something you don't worry about when you're out there playing. You just worry about the opponent you have coming up. And then if you win that game and continue to win, then the last game of the season, that's when it matters who's No. 1 and who's not."
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