The Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award (1)
Retired Jersey #15
1995 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award
1995: Tommie Frazier, Quarterback (1992-1995)
Tommie Frazier cemented his place in Nebraska football history by producing his best performances in Nebraska's greatest games. A four-year starter who regularly rose to the occasion, Frazier led the Huskers to back-to-back national titles in 1994 and 1995 and captured most valuable player honors in both championship games.
As a junior, Frazier returned from a seven-game absence caused by a blood clot to direct the Huskers to a come-from-behind win over Miami, Fla., in the FedEx Orange Bowl. He engineered two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter to give Nebraska a 24-17 victory and its first national title in 23 years. The following season, Frazier rushed 16 times for an NCAA quarterback bowl-record 199 yards and two scores to lead NU to its second national championship in a 62-24 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl rout of No. 2 Florida. Frazier, who also completed 6-of-14 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, helped the Husker offense establish NCAA bowl records for most rushing yards (524) and most points in a quarter (29 in the second, since broken with NU's 31 second-quarter points in the 2000 Alamo Bowl).
Frazier ended his senior season ranked first on the team in total offense with 1,996 yards (178.7 per game), third in scoring with 7.8 points per game and second in rushing with 604 yards on 97 attempts. He also finished second in the Big Eight Conference in passing efficiency at 156.14, a figure that would have ranked sixth nationally if he had produced the required 15 attempts per game.
So apparent was Frazier's dominance in 1995 that eight organizations recognized him as a first-team All-American, including the AP, UPI, Walter Camp, Football Writers Association of America, America Football Quarterly, College Sports, Football Foundation and AFCA. Frazier became the first Husker ever to win the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, received the UPI?s Player-of-the-Year and The Sporting News Offensive Player-of-the-Year awards and was a finalist for the Davey O'Brien, Maxwell and the Walter Camp Player-of-the-Year awards.
Frazier finished his career with a Big Eight-record 33-3 overall mark as a starter. He holds the NU school record with 43 passing touchdowns, while ranking second with 5,476 total offense yards and 79 touchdowns.
One of the 10 greatest college football players of the century according
to Sport magazine, Frazier's No. 15 jersey was retired in 1996.