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Marshall quarterback Frohnapfel to transfer

MU football
Jan. 17, 2014 @ 11:50 PM

HUNTINGTON — One of the better-known personalities on Marshall University's football team decided to leave for other opportunities.

Quarterback Blake Frohnapfel, whose personality made him a fan favorite, said he met Monday with Thundering Herd head coach Doc Holliday and requested a transfer for the pursuit of different playing opportunities.

He officially announced his transfer Friday with a posting on Twitter thanking Marshall fans for a wonderful three years with the team.

Frohnapfel said he has no ill feelings toward Marshall at all and he'll always bleed green, but as a competitor he wants to lead a team on the field and pursue his dreams of an NFL career.

"Obviously, it was the playing time," Frohnapfel said. "(Marshall starter Rakeem) Cato has a year left and obviously, he's played fantastic for the last two years having been Conference USA Offensive Player of the Year and MVP.

"I want to go somewhere where I can have a chance to play, a chance to compete."

Frohnapfel will graduate in May with an emphasis in finance and economics and he said he is looking for opportunities that will not only facilitate his playing time on the field, but also help him build networks for business down the road.

The 6-foot-6, 225-pound quarterback from Colonial Forge, Va., will finish his degree in three years.

Despite seeing limited time Frohnapfel was successful when called on.

In his career, he finished 35-of-45 passing for 386 yards and five touchdowns with two interceptions. He also rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns while averaging nearly seven yards per rush.

His most notable game was in the 2012 season-finale against East Carolina when Cato was injured in the third quarter.

Frohnapfel ripped off a 51-yard touchdown run to bring the Herd back from a 42-38 deficit and led a late touchdown drive that pushed the lead to 52-45. After East Carolina put the game in overtime, Frohnapfel hit Antavious Wilson for a game-tying touchdown to force the second overtime before the Pirates earned a 65-59 victory.

"Definitely, the ECU game will be at the forefront because it was my only significant, meaningful playing time," Frohnapfel said. "The feedback following that game was a special feeling that I'll remember."

The performance against ECU prompted Holliday to say in the 2013 preseason that Frohnapfel would see increased playing time and the coaches would install packages to utilize him.

However, such packages did not present themselves during the year as Cato stayed healthy throughout and the Herd offense saw continued success, finishing in the Top 20 nationally in several categories.

Frohnapfel also cited many memories that occurred away from the field. He was an active part of any community event Marshall scheduled for its players.

"We did so many community events -- going to the hospitals with kids, doing the Toy Drive -- and it was great to see what it's like for kids when they see the Marshall football players and how important the Marshall football team is to them," Frohnapfel said. "That's definitely a special part of being involved with this program."

Frohnapfel, who was red-shirted as a freshman, has two years of eligibility remaining.

His brother, Marshall tight end Eric Frohnapfel, will remain with the Herd for his senior year, Blake Frohnapfel said. Eric Frohnapfel played as a freshman and will be a true senior in 2014.

It will be the first time the twins attended different schools.

"I'm excited for what Eric can do here and he wants the best for me so he'll support me no matter what I do," Frohnapfel said.

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