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WVU HC Neal Brown Congratulates Zach Frazier on Being Drafted by Steelers



WVU Football HC Neal Brown

Outside of his own family, there’s no one as proud of Zach Frazier as WVU head coach Neal Brown. And on the night Frazier achieved his dream of being drafted into the NFL, Brown delivered a message of thanks and congratulations to his former center.

“Zach, congrats on being selected in the 2024 NFL Draft. From everybody here at WVU football, we want to tell you ‘job well earned.’ You made an incredible impact on our program. You changed our course. And we’re so happy for you, your wife, your mom and dad and your entire extended family down in Fairmont. To see one of our own reach the highest level, we’re so excited. We wish you the best,” said Brown in a video posted across his personal social media accounts.

After months of speculation and waiting, Frazier achieved his lifelong dream. Frazier was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers with the 51st overall pick in the second round of the 2024 NFL Draft.

NFL analysts have been calling Frazier “bust proof” while projecting how the West Virginia native will translate to the next level, adding pressure on the WVU product to be the success most expect him to be.

Frazier appeared in 47 games for the Mountaineers over a four-year span. Frazier’s career at West Virginia came to an end when he suffered a leg injury during the Baylor game on Nov. 25. He managed to get himself off of the field, avoiding a loss of time on the clock late in the game and impressing NFL scouts in the process. The Fairmont, W.Va. native capped off his Mountaineer career as an All-American and finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy.

The Steelers were rumored to be interested in Frazier throughout the entire draft process.

Brown showered Frazier with praise once it was clear his college career was over, highlighting how much his final play shows his intelligence as a player.

“I can’t say enough about Zach Frazier. So appreciative of him and his family. I think one play sums up who he is for his entire career, and I just hope our fanbase, a young man from Fairmont, I think he’s the best center in college football,” said Brown.

Click here for more of WV Sports Now’s coverage of Zach Frazier and his selection by the Steelers.

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