Rob Ambrose says Connor Frazier is still Towson's starting quarterback

September 09, 2014|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

Junior quarterback Connor Frazier started in Towson’s 54-0 loss to West Virginia on Saturday night, but he eventually gave way to redshirt senior Joe Brennan in the second half. Nonetheless, there is no quarterback controversy.

Tigers coach Rob Ambrose said barring something surprising, Frazier will open Saturday’s game at Delaware State.

“It’s definitely Connor’s job – period,” Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call organized by the Colonial Athletic Association. “He would have to do something amazing to lose his job. From where we were in the spring to where we were when we started the season, we’ve made great strides. That doesn’t necessarily decry how good we are at the quarterback position. It really does say how bad we were in the spring without Connor playing quarterback.

"At this point, we are better than we were in the spring, but clearly, we are not good enough to run an offense that can get us a win yet. That’s why we’re 0-2. That position – along with a lot of other positions, especially on the offensive side of the ball – needs to improve for us to win a ball game.”

Frazier completed just 7 of 17 passes for 60 yards and carried the ball eight times for minus-3 yards against the Mountaineers. Brennan, who took over for Frazier on the offense’s last four possessions of the game, connected on just 1 of 7 throws for 20 yards and was sacked three times.

Despite Frazier’s struggles, Ambrose said he doesn’t worry about his quarterback’s state of mind.

“Connor’s a competitor,” Ambrose said. “Connor knows himself as his own worst critic in a way that I could never begin to do. So our conversations on the sideline, and even off the sideline, have a lot to do with the reality of the game, the needs of the team, and I don’t think there’s a better advocate for his team and his offense than Connor.

"So his play – if it’s well or not well – is never really the conversation about building his confidence. He’s an extremely confident and competent person and quarterback. He’s always going to be a quarterback, and even when he’s my age, he’ll still be a quarterback. He’ll work hard at everything he does and be very, very good at it.”

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