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  Charlie Frye

Charlie Frye

Player Profile

Hometown:
Willard, Ohio

High School:
Willard

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 228

Position:
Quarterback

Birthdate:
08/28/1981

Experience:
4L

One of the top quarterbacks in the nation ... a tireless worker and student of the game ... has pinpoint accuracy ... throws well on the run ... uses his speed (4.6 in the 40) and quickness to move around in the pocket and buy time ...holds 54 school records, including career marks for passing yards (11,049), total offense (11,478) and completion percentage (63.6) ... ended his career ranked No. 11 on the NCAA career total offense chart, No. 16 on the career passing yards list and No. 43 in passing efficiency (min: 500 comp.) with a rating of 138.46 ... one of six QBs in NCAA history to throw for over 10,000 yards and have at least 400 yards rushing (Andrew Water, Arizona State; Drew Brees, Purdue; David Neill, Nevada; Doug Flutie, Boston College; Cade McNown, UCLA) ... one of 16 QBs in NCAA Division I-A history to toss for at least 2,000 yards in four different seasons ... ranks third all-time on the MAC career passing yards list, ahead of NFL standouts Ben Roethlisberger and Chad Pennington ... ranks second on the MAC career total offense list, trailing only former Marshall QB Byron Leftwich ... also finished among the league's elite in touchdown passes (fifth, 64); pass completions (second, 913); pass completion pct. (sixth, .636) ... owns 12 of the top 16 single-game passing yardage efforts in UA history ... posted 10 of the top-11 single-game total offense records in school history ... has four of the top six single-season passing yards marks in UA history, including a school-record 3,549 in 2003 ... rolled up record-setting numbers his last three seasons despite key injuries ... played the final nine games of 2002 with a fractured right thumb ... hindered by a painful hip pointer over the final four games of 2003 ... played the final eight games of the 2004 season with a dislocated pinky finger on his right hand suffered vs. Kent State ... played in all 46 games in his career, including 44 starts ... invited to play in the Hula, East-West Shrine and Senior Bowls ... will play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 29, 2005.

as a Senior (2004)- Named a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Award, given to the top senior quarterback in the nation ... winner of the Mid-American Conference's Vern Smith Leadership Award, the highest award given to a football student-athlete by the league ... second-team All-MAC selection ... completed 220 of 346 pass attempts for 2,623 yards and 18 touchdowns ... also ran for two scores on the season ... accounted for 71 percent (2617 of 3705) of Akron's offensive output ... set a single-season school record with 127 consecutive passes without an interception (Sept. 23-Nov. 5) ... that also topped his previous career record of 106 attempts without an INT ... ranked 17th nationally in completion percentage (63.6), tied for 19th in completions per game (20.0), 20th in passing efficiency (139.81 rating) and 36th in total offense (237.9 ypg) ... finished fourth in the MAC in passing efficiency, fifth in passing yards (238.2 ypg) and seventh in total offense ... posted a completion percentage of 60 percent or better in eight of 11 games, including the final five... his 2,623 passing yards ranks third in school history ... was 29-of-36 (80.6 percent) for 229 yards in the season opener at Penn State (Sept. 4), completing eight of his first nine passes in the game ... named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his play vs. PSU ... posted 415 yards of total offense (399 passing/16 rushing) vs. Middle Tennessee State (Sept. 11) ... directed four double-digit comebacks in his last 13 games, including a 21-point deficit in Akron's 31-28 win over Marshall (Nov. 5) ... threw for 322 yards and three touchdowns in the win, including an 18-yard TD pass to Jason Montgomery on fourth-and-10 to tie the game with 45 seconds remaining ... became just the second quarterback in MAC history (also Tavares Bolden, Toledo) to tally two victories over Marshall, and the first to do it in two regular-season games ... named MAC East Offensive Player of the Week for his play vs. the Herd ... Nov. 5 was proclaimed "Charlie Frye Day" in Akron by Mayor Don Plusquellic ...became third QB in MAC history and 16th in NCAA history to throw for 2,000 or more yards in four seasons on his first completion of the Ohio game (Nov. 13) when he went 15 of 22 for 190 yards ... broke his own school mark with 436 yards through the air in the season finale vs. Miami (Nov. 20), including a career-best 74-yard pass completion ... earned MAC East Co-Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting performance ... that 37-27 loss to the RedHawks snapped a five-game winning streak which had put Akron in position for their first MAC East Division title in school history .. followed up his worst performance at the collegiate level (72 yards passing at No. 12 Virginia on Sept. 18) by leading the Zips to a 23-18 road victory over arch-rival Kent State five days later ... entered the UVa game having completed 64 percent of his passes and averaging 234 yards passing in seven career games against BCS Conference schools ... fractured the pinky finger on his throwing hand on the first offensive play vs. KSU, but did not miss a snap ... completed 17 of 29 passes for 178 yards and two scores vs. the Golden Flashes ... suffered a bruised shoulder in the loss to Northern Illinois (Oct. 2) after being slammed to the turf early in the first half ... struggled with that injury over the next few weeks ... a preseason candidate for the Heisman Trophy as well as the Davey O'Brien Award ... named to the O'Brien Watch List in July ... a preseason MAC Most Valuable Player choice by Lindy's ... selected preseason MAC Offensive Player of the Year by The Sporting News ... tabbed preseason first-team All-MAC by Athlon, Lindy's and The Sporting News ... ranked among the top-15 seniors nationally by the Blesto and National Scouting Services during spring evaluation ... spent the spring learning the West Coast offense under the tutelage of first-year head coach J.D. Brookhart and his staff ... sat in on many of the offensive staff meetings ... entered the season as the seventh-leading returning passer in the nation (148.6 rating) ... his school-record 3,549 passing yards in 2003 (eighth all-time in MAC history) ranked sixth nationally among returning QBs ... his 319.8 yards of total offense per game in 2003 ranked No. 1 nationally among returning players ... entertained thoughts of entering the 2004 NFL Draft ... earmarked for a late third- or early fourth -round selection by draft prognosticators.

as a Junior (2003) - Completed 65 percent of his passes (273-for-421), with 3,549 passing yards (eight all-time in MAC history) ... ranked among the top 20 nationally in nearly all statistical categories, including No. 5 in total offense (319.8 yards per game) and No. 15 in passing efficiency (148.6 rating) ... just the 10th quarterback in MAC history to amass 3,000 passing yards in a season ... ranked fifth in the nation and second in the MAC in total offense at 319.8 yards per game ... produced a school-record 29 touchdowns (22 passing, 7 rushing) ... accounted for 68 percent of the team's offense (3,837 of 5,643 total yards) ... threw for 300 or more yards six times during the season (407 vs. Kent State; 372 at Wisconsin; 303 vs. Eastern Michigan; 362 at Buffalo; 307 vs. UCF; 416 at Central Michigan) ... had his school-record string of 106 consecutive passes without an interception snapped with a first-quarter pick at Wisconsin (Sept. 6) ... set school single-game records for passing yards (416 at Central Michigan), completions (36 vs. Kent State), total offense (460 yards at Central Michigan), completion percentage (.794, 27-of-34 at Central Michigan), and touchdown passes (four, vs. Cal Poly) ... became Akron's career passing yards (8,426) and total offense leader (8,648) during the year ... also became UA's career leader in completions (693), completions per game (19.8), touchdown passes (46), completion percentage (63.5), lowest percentage of passes intercepted (.022), 300-yard passing games (11), and touchdowns produced (62: 45 passing, 17 rushing) ... suffered a hip injury on the second play of the UConn game (Oct. 25), but missed just one play and still completed 15 of 26 passes for 223 yards on the day ... the injury hindered him over the final three contests ... had his string of 31 straight starts snapped the following week at Marshall (Nov. 1) ... missed the first series, but still managed to complete 16 of 32 passes for 210 yards... rallied the Zips from a 21-3 deficit the following week against CMU (Nov. 8) with his record-setting performance ... also rallied the team from a 21-0 hole the following week vs. Ohio (Nov. 15) ... a Vern Smith Award nominee, which honors the top player in the Mid-American Conference.

as a Sophomore (2002) - Record-setting campaign, posting then-single-season marks for passing yards (2,824), completions (250), attempts (380) and total offense (2,949) ... set the UA single-season completion percentage mark (65.8) ... finished No. 5 in the nation in completion percentage, No. 20 in passing efficiency (136.5), No. 19 in completions per game (20.8) and No. 28 in total offense per game (245.8) ... set then-Akron records for most completions in a game with 29 vs. Miami (Ohio) (29-46) (Sept. 28), at Eastern Michigan (29-37) (Oct. 5) and at Central Florida (29-41) (Oct. 26) ... had a then-Akron-record 348 yards passing in the game vs. Miami ... completed a then school-record 85 passes in consecutive games at Virginia (27) (Sept. 21), Miami (29) and Eastern Michigan (29) ... also set the mark for four games with 106 completions (29 vs. Miami; 29 vs. Eastern Michigan, Oct. 5; 19 vs. Liberty, Oct. 12; 29 at UCF, Oct. 26) ... threw for 200 or more yards in six consecutive games to open the season ... posted three-straight 300+-yard games (336 at Virginia, 348 vs. Miami, 344 at Eastern Michigan) ... became the first quarterback in school history to toss for 300 or more yards in back-to-back games ... completed 72 percent of his passes (21-29) for 230 yards and two touchdowns in the season opener at Iowa (Aug. 31) ... had a completion rate of 70 percent or better in three consecutive games with 78 percent at Eastern Michigan (29-37, 344 yards, two touchdowns), 70 percent vs. Liberty (19-27, 186 yards, two touchdowns) and 71 percent at UCF (29-41, 278 yards) ... ranked fifth in the MAC in yards per game (235.3), fifth in pass efficiency (136.5) and sixth in total offense (245.8) ... Akron's honoree for the Vern Smith Leadership Award, given to the top MAC player ... played the final nine games of the season with a broken right thumb after injuring it during the CMU contest.

as a Redshirt Freshman (2001) - Ranked fifth in the MAC in pass efficiency (124.6 rating) and passing yards (186.6 per game) and was sixth in total offense (188.6 pg) ... set then UA single-season marks for completions (170) and completion percentage (58.8) ... his season yardage (2,053) was a UA freshman mark and ranks fifth on the Zips' all-time list ... his interception percentage (2.1) was the lowest on record at Akron ... posted two of the then top 10 throwing efforts in UA history (No. 8, 313 yards vs. E. Michigan; No. 10, 309 yards at Miami) ... also tallied three of the then top 12 total offense outputs (No. 4, 327 yards vs. EMU; No. 8, 302 yards at MU; No. 12, 290 yards at Marshall) ... came in during the season opener against Ohio (Aug. 30) in relief of injured starter Nick Sparks ... completed 13 of 16 pass attempts for 145 yards in a 31-29 Akron victory ... earned MAC East Offensive Player of the Week honors for that performance ... assumed the starting QB duties after that effort ... completed 15 of 31 attempts for 134 yards and a touchdown at Ohio State (Sept. 8) ... posted the first of two 300+-yard games on Oct. 13 with 309 yards (21-31) at Miami ... in that game completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to receiver Matt Cherry ... he also set a UA single-half passing yardage mark with 254 in the second half vs. the RedHawks... rushed for a season-high 43 yards and a touchdown at Buffalo (Nov. 17) ... passed for a then-career-high 313 yards (21-33) and two touchdowns in a thrilling 65-62 triple-overtime win over Eastern Michigan on Nov. 24 ... earned team's Outstanding Freshman award.

as a Freshman (2000) - Served a redshirt season ... 5 of 15 passing for 33 yards in the 2001 Blue-Gold game. at Willard High School - Rewrote the record book at Willard ... 17 school records; career school marks include pass completions (482), passing yards (6,209) and touchdown passes (54) ... NW District Player of the Year ... led Willard to 10-2 mark and state playoff berth as a senior ... first-team All-Ohio Division III ... coached by Chris Hawkins.

Personal - Born Aug. 28, 1981 ... son of David and Sally Frye ... majoring in education ... Dean's List student who carries a 3.13 cumulative GPA ... a regular on the Zips' visits to Akron Children's Hospital ... involved in nearly every Akron football community service endeavor ... honored as the 2003 Akron Dapper Dan Sports Person of the Year in February 2004.

Frye's Career Stats

Year 	G/GS 	Att	Cmp	Pct.	Yds	TD	Int	Long	Eff.
2001	11/10	289	170	58.8	2,053	9	6	72	124.62
2002	12/12	380	250	65.8	2,824	15	9	65	136.50
2003	12/11	421	273	64.8	3,549	22	9	60	148.63
2004	11/11	346	220	63.6	2,623	18	8	74	139.81
Total	46/44	1436	913	63.6	11,049	64	32	74	138.45

Year G/GS Att. Yards Avg. Lg. TD Rec. Yards Avg. TD 2001 11/10 62 22 0.4 21 3 0 0 0 0 2002 12/12 102 125 1.2 26 7 1 -4 -4.0 0 2003 12/11 111 288 2.6 25 7 1 14 14.0 0 2004 11/11 100 -6 -0.1 31 2 0 0 0 0 Total 46/44 375 429 1.1 31 197 2 10 5.0 0

 

 
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