Prediction: Jabril Frazier has breakout year

With the departure of defensive end Beau Martin, Boise State has two other Defensive Ends with real game time experience in Sam McCaskill and the absolute stallion Kamalei Correa who plays primarily STUD.

Leaving the question of who will replace the senior DE in Beau Martin?

Look no further than red-shirt freshman, Jabril Frazier.

Jabril Frazier comes to the Broncos from Los Angeles, California where the red-shirt freshman played outside linebacker at Verbum Dei High School.

Standing at 6-foot-4 and weighing in at 232 pounds, Frazier chose Boise State over USC due to the Trojans wanting him to gray-shirt and enroll in the Spring semester of 2015.

As a senior in high school, Frazier recorded an outstanding 99 tackles with 91 being solo. Frazier’s junior year was no less impressive as he recorded 92 tackles including 2 tackles for a loss. In all, Frazier recorded 191 tackles with 146 of them being solo.

With that kind of production and one year of learning the college system under his belt, Frazier has learned valuable lessons on work ethic, expectations, and what it means to play defensive end at Boise State.

With Correa, McCaskill as his mentors, it is possible that Bronco fans could see Frazier breakout onto the scene.

The red-shirt freshman will likely share time if needed for McCaskill or Correa.

McCaskill was a force starting 13 of 14 games for the Broncos in 2014. For the most part, McCaskill played pretty steady and made his presence known on the field by the Bronco’s opponents.

Sam had his strongest games toward the end of the season against Fresno State and Arizona. The sophomore tallied up 9 tackles with 6 being solo and 3 assisted. McCaskill also tallied his first two sacks of his career.

Both Frazier and McCaskill give the Broncos a lot of speed on the line. With McCaskill having a year of playing experience, combined with the note worthy numbers he put up, Frazier will have a solid mentor to learn from on the field.

As McCaskill closes one end of the line up, he could more than likely send the opposing teams QB or RB heading in Frazier’s direction setting up the sophomore for lots of tackles and opportunity to disrupt both the passing and running game.

Photo via Pam Davis Frazier - No. 18
Photo via Pam Davis
Frazier – No. 18

Then there is Correa. The junior started all 14 games for the Bronco’s in the 2014 season. Correa was named to the All-Mountain West First Team in 2014 due to his stellar play. Kamalei also lead the Mountain West Conference in sacks last season.

If there is one thing that should be noted about Correa it is his consistency and power.

The junior did not play a single game without doing something noteworthy, weather it’s forcing a pair of fumbles and blocking a punt at New Mexico, making tackles for a loss against Ole Miss, recording two sacks and 3.5 half tackles for a loss against BYU, or his famous game winning tackle on Pac-12 star Anu Solomon in the Fiesta Bowl, Correa is always ready to play on any stage against any opponent.

Correa’s play has put the junior on the Chuck Bednarik Award Preseason Watch List, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Preseason Watch List, and the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.

Between Correa and McCaskill’s mentorship, Frazier can’t go wrong.


About Mathew Douraghi

Mathew Douraghi
Mathew comes to Bronco Nation News from sunny Southern California. He completed his bachelors degree at Boise State in anthropology in 2012. From there he took his academic pursuits to the Bay Area where he recently completed his Masters degree in Medical Anthropology at California State University - East Bay. Mathew loves sports and like his co-author Steven, he loves all his sports teams down in Southern California. However, that doesn't mean he bleeds any less blue as Mathew has been following his beloved Broncos since 2005. After talking to his co-author and good friend Steven, Mathew joined the BNN staff to share is love of Bronco sports with Bronco Nation. He truly enjoys writing for BNN readers and hopes you enjoy his articles!

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