Quarterback Connor Frazier posted career numbers in Towson's 24-17 victory over Colonial Athletic Association rival Delaware on Saturday, throwing for 181 yards and tossing two touchdown passes.
That performance may serve as validation for the junior and the rest of the Tigers (3-5 overall and 1-3 in the league), but coach Rob Ambrose pointed out that season-long scrutiny is part of the territory for Frazier's position.
"I think as a quarterback or pretty much any player, there's always going to be evaluation," Ambrose, a former quarterback himself, said Monday during his weekly conference call organized by the CAA. "There's not a doubt whether or not Connor can play quarterback. There's a doubt whether he can play quarterback consistently well for four quarters of a game or for an entire season. There's a lot more work to go in that evaluation process, but [his performance on Saturday] is definitely steps in the right direction."
Frazier, who completed 59.4 percent (19 of 32) of his passes against the Blue Hens (4-3, 2-1), was at his best in directing the team's final two drives that helped Towson overcome a 17-10 deficit in the fourth quarter.
On the first series, Frazier connected on 4 of 5 throws for 67 yards, rushed twice for 8 yards, and capped the possession with a 39-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Spencer Wilkins. On the second, he completed 3-of-3 passes for 26 yards before sophomore running back Darius Victor sealed the win with a 17-yard touchdown run.
While noting that Saturday was the first time since a 21-7 victory over Delaware State on Sept. 13 that Frazier did not turn over the ball after committing nine giveaways (five fumbles and four interceptions) in the previous four contests, Ambrose also said he saw a much more composed quarterback on the field against Delaware.
"The decision-making process was much better, much more consistent," Ambrose said of Frazier. "Kept us from going backward and took what was given. Didn't try to force things, didn't try to play outside of himself. He really made great strides as a quarterback."