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Towson QB Connor Frazier needs to cut down on mistakes, Rob Ambrose says

Towson coach Rob Ambrose has not budged from his stance that Connor Frazier is the team's starting quarterback.

But he conceded that the junior has to cut down on the mistakes that are loosening his grip on the position. In his last three starts, Frazier has turned the ball over in the opponents' red zone.

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In a 31-20 victory over North Carolina Central on Sept. 20, Frazier was intercepted in the Eagles' end zone in the second quarter.

In a 27-24 loss to Colonial Athletic Association foe Maine a week later, he was sacked and stripped at the Black Bears' 15-yard line in the final period. And in a 14-3 loss to Stony Brook on Saturday, Frazier was intercepted at the Seawolves' 1 in the first quarter.

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Ambrose acknowledged that those errors may factor into a shift on Frazier's hold on the starting role for the Tigers (2-4 overall and 0-2 in the league).

"The reason that he won the job was his ability to run the offense, move the ball up and down the field, and keep us from losing games," Ambrose said Monday during his weekly conference call arranged by the CAA. "Now that we're in this position, there's going to be a huge conversation moving forward about how much we're going to let him do that. Connor's a great football player and a great leader, and he's a decent quarterback.

"In each good quarterback's lifetime, they've been through this. No quarterback – [the New England Patriots' Tom] Brady, [the Denver Broncos'] Peyton [Manning], you name him – has ever gone through a career without being in this kind of situation. How he responds to it is going to determine how well we do."

Frazier's play has been mixed this season. While he ranks eighth in the league in rushing yards with 294, he also ranks 10th among 12 CAA passers in average passing yards (115.3) and ninth in completion percentage (54.2).

In Saturday's loss to Stony Brook, Frazier completed 17 of 29 passes for 137 yards, but he finished with zero touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed 10 times for 39 yards

"I think Connor made some strides again under some pretty rough circumstances," Ambrose said. "He stayed in the pocket and made some plays on third down that I hadn't seen before. But he and I have talked with the quarterback coach [Jared Ambrose], and when you're a quarterback, the bare minimum is you can't lose the game. You don't necessarily have to win the game, but just from the base foundation, you've got to be able to run the offense, run your team and lose the game.

"That means [not] turning the ball over in the red zone and controlling the offense in a way that allows you to put points on the board and controlling your formations. In that, we probably took a step back again knowing that the pressure and the focus of being that kind of player in the red zone was what was needed, and that didn't happen."

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