A legendary college quarterback who won two NCAA championships with Nebraska in 1994 and ’95 is coming to the Wild Rivers Coast on Aug. 1 to spend some time with a small group of local quarterbacks in Brookings before heading to Del Norte High School for a more general question and answer session open to anyone.
Tommie Frazier Jr. was the runner up for the Heisman trophy in 1995 (behind Eddie George) and is considered to be one of the best college quarterbacks in the history of the NCAA, despite battling injury issues for his entire career. Those injuries eventually kept him from being drafted by the NFL.
Currently Frazier is the owner of the Tommie Frazier Presentation, which helps work with teams through training and motivational speaking. He also started the Frazier Foundation to help underprivileged kids be able to afford the cost of playing youth sports.
Although Frazier has been working with young athletes for a few years, this will be the first such camp in the area.
The camp is being organized by 2004 Del Norte High School graduate Ashley Goodman, who is a friend of Frazier after working for about 10 years as a strength and conditioning coach for college and professional athletes, most recently at Georgia Tech University.
Goodman has come back to the area each year since the summer of 2016 to work with high school football teams in Del Norte, Curry and Humboldt counties on speed and agility drills.
“As much as I possibly can over the past few years I have been trying to do more to come back and help young athletes — because around here it is very isolated,” Goodman said. “They don’t necessarily get all the opportunities that kids in bigger areas and cities get to experience.”
Goodman said she wanted to do something a little bit different for local athletes this year, and saw her chance when she realized that she would be seeing Frazier in Seattle for the Kenny Easley Celebrity Golf Classic in late July.
“I really wanted to bring something different and inspiring to the youth here, so I basically asked Tommie to due me a favor,” Goodman said. “It was a pretty spur of the moment thing. I just told (Del Norte football head coach Luis) Nova about it on Sunday, and since then we have gotten pretty much everything handled with flights, hotels and getting all the information out to coaches.”
Goodman said the Tommie Frazier Jr. Quarterback Camp is for signal callers from eighth to 12th grade, and she has opened it up to athletes in Del Norte and Humboldt counties, as well as all of Oregon. The camp will be held at Brookings-Harbor High School from 10 a.m. until noon.
With just one day to work with the athletes and only two hours to do so, the number of participants will be limited.
“It is going to be a pretty elite camp, just because we are going to limit the numbers to 12,” Goodman said. “That way Tommie can really see each and every quarterback, and give them the proper coaching cues and everything of that nature. If there are too many than it gets to where it is not beneficial.”
The quarterbacks will spend a couple hours going through drills focusing on three and five step drops, sprint outs, pocket awareness, escaping the pocket and footwork, before wrapping up the camp with a short talk and question and answer session ending at noon.
At 2:30 p.m., Frazier will be at Del Norte High School for a more general question and answer session that will be open to everyone. Goodman said athletes of all ages and genders are welcome to attend, as well as their parents and coaches.
“There is going to be a Q&A that is pretty much going to be him giving insights into how to be successful on the field, but off the field as well,” Goodman said. “It’s for anyone who is really wanting to hear from someone who has had success on the field and off the field — and just how to go about that.”
Goodman said she will also be available to answer any questions athletes or coaches have for her.
“We will do a bit of a dual Q&A for those who are interested in my route as a strength and conditioning coach working with college and pro athletes,” she said.
The Q&A will be held in either the weightroom, or the small gym.
Speed and agility training
Prior to the start of the Tommy Fraizer Jr. Quarterbacks Camp, Goodman is planning on coming back to the California-Oregon coast to help local high school football teams in Del Norte, Curry and Humboldt counties with speed and agility drills. Goodman has been coming back to the area to work with high school teams since 2016.
Goodman said she plans to be working with Del Norte on Monday and Wednesday for the next two weeks from 9 a.m. until noon.
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