Marcell Frazier, DE, Missouri Tigers
Take a quick guess at which Mizzou defender led the team in sacks in 2016. Think it was likely NFL first-rounder Charles Harris? According to the program’s official stat book, it was actually redshirt junior Marcell Frazier, a former junior college transfer who only started five games during the 2016 season.
While Frazier only had 34 tackles, he definitely made his impact felt. Frazier had 9.5 tackles for loss for a team-best 79 yards lost, including a team-leading 8.5 sacks. The Tigers generally shed the “D-Line Zou” label in 2016—and who could blame them, considering that defensive coordinator DeMontie Cross’s defense limited the impact of pass rushers, then Cross had his play-calling responsibilities taken away and defensive line coach Jackie Shipp was fired before season’s end. With that said, Frazier was a bright spot and will likely be counted on to anchor the defensive line next season. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, he’s got a real chance to be a contributor at the next level, so it will be exciting to see if he can increase his production as a senior in 2017.