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Zach Frazier Wants to Make Sure His ‘Ducks Are in a Row’ Before Leading Steelers



Steelers center Zach Frazier
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PITTSBURGH – Zach Frazier took part in rookie minicamp with his new team on Friday, officially starting his NFL journey with the Steelers.

Wearing his new No. 54 Steelers jersey, Frazier took to the practice field and worked out with his new teammates. To no surprise, Frazier appeared to fit in.

The WVU product discussed what he’s been doing since the draft and his mentality for minicamp with the media, including our partners with Steelers Now.

“I’ve just been trying to observe as much information as I can and learn as quickly as possible,” explained Frazier about studying Pittsburgh’s playbook to prepare for minicamp.

On how much more complicated an NFL playbook is to what he’s accustomed to from his college career, Frazier brought how it’s more detailed but he has noticed some similarities to what West Virginia asked of him.

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

Steelers center Zach Frazier

Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Regardless of the playbook, one big difference for Frazier is that he’s going from being a leader throughout high school and college to being new and needing to establish himself on a new team.

“I think it’s my job to, you know, take care of myself first and make sure my all of my ducks are in a row before I start leading others.” said Frazier when it comes to when he will feel comfortable filling a leadership role, something common of a starting center, on the Steelers.

Zach 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.

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For some related stories, Frazier sat down with Steelers sideline reporter and host Missi Matthews for an in-depth interview and he talked about joining Pittsburgh’s young core on the offensive line soon after being drafted. Steelers offensive coordinator Arthur Smith offered his thoughts on Frazier as well and WV Sports Now’s Mike Asti detailed why Frazier and the Steelers are a perfect match.

Our partners at Steelers Now helped with the reporting for this story. 

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