Zach Frazer has been up, down and all around in his college career. Consider him up again.
The Connecticut senior will once again start at quarterback this Thursday night against Pittsburgh. Frazer, of course, began the year as the starter before being replaced by Cody Endres in the Buffalo game. After that, he was bumped down to third string.
He was elevated back to starter two weeks ago after redshirt freshman Mike Box was sidelined with a head injury. Frazer stepped in and led the team to its first-ever victory against West Virginia. Frazer was 18-of-29 for 166 yards in that game, but he didn't throw any costly interceptions.
"The biggest thing is I thought he made good decisions," head coach Randy Edsall said Sunday. "He ran the team the way I like him to run the team. We had a couple balls that probably could have been caught that weren't caught, which would have made his statistics a little better."
Frazer played well at the end of last year when the Huskies won five straight to close the season with him under center. But he struggled with inaccuracy and mistakes early this year. Edsall said he sees more of last year's Frazer right now.
"Maybe it was like this last year when he went out there and played a little bit more -- freely is not the right word -- but a little bit more relaxed," Edsall said. "Not putting too much pressure on himself, but going out there and being relaxed and letting it go."
Box will likely be cleared medically for the Pitt game, but Edsall has already decided that Frazer will start. Can Frazer, who transferred from Notre Dame and has been in and out of the starting lineup, stay up this time?
"I don't think you can write my feelings or write how everything has been for me," he told the Hartford Courant. "You keep getting knocked down and knocked down, but you stay focused."