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Zach Frazier Compares Steelers, West Virginia Rushing Attacks

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Zach Frazier at Steelers rookie camp

Every rookie is adapting to the NFL, but for the Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-round pick West Virginia center Zach Frazier, it’s a little bit different.

He’s not only responsible for his job, but as the center, he’s making the calls and protections for the entire offensive line, and also has a position that’s usually considered a leadership role, though he’s taking his time on growing into that way.

The good news for Frazier is that the zone running scheme being put in by new Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith is pretty similar to what he did at West Virginia as a four-year starter for the Mountaineers.

“There’s similarities and differences and everything,” he said. “Some stuff, it’s football, but yeah, there’s definitely more detail in the playbook. … Same type of plays that we had in college – wide zone, inside zone, gap. Same plays everywhere, pretty much. So feel confident in doing that.”

It’s a good thing for the Steelers that Frazier is so familiar, because the second-round rookie is likely to be at the top of the Steelers depth chart when OTAs start next week.

This story initially appeared on our partner Steelers Now.

For related recent stories, Frazier explained why he’s hesitant to jump in and be a leader on the Steelers right now and sat down for an interview to talk transition from college to the pros. WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti also detailed why Frazier and the Steelers are a perfect marriage.

Click here for more of WV Sports Now’s coverage of Zach Frazier.

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  1. jackson five

    May 16, 2024 at 9:23 pm

    you were a great off.lineman for wvu, one of the best if not the best,,, llets hope you have a great career with the steelers, and lead them to several SB’s,,, and i hope wvu keeps up the tradition of great linemen that you stated.

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