UMass quarterback Blake Frohnapfel was awarded the Bulger Lowe Award, which recognizes the best Division I player in the New England region by the Gridiron Club of Greater Boston. Hear what Blake, his father, and Coach Whipple had to say about the honor.
As A Second-Year Graduate Student In 2015:Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC First Team Quarterback ... AthlonSports Preseason All-MAC First Team Quarterback
As A First-Year Graduate Student In 2014: Game-By-Game Statistics ... Distinguished MAC Scholar-Athlete ... MAC All-Academic Team ... All-MAC First Team Quarterback ... Phil Steele First Team All-MAC Quarterback ... ECAC All-Star Quarterback ... George H. "Bulger" Lowe Award recipient as the best offensive player in New England ... Phil Steele Midseason Second Team All-MAC Quarterback ... MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week (10/27) ... MAC East Division Offensive Player of the Week (9/29) ... ECAC Offensive Player of the Week (10/1) ... Started at quarterback in 10 games and amassed 23 passing touchdowns along with 3,345 yards while he went 241-of-437 through the air (55.1 completion percentage) ... Averaged 334.5 yards passing per game ... Ranked fourth in NCAA Division I FBS for passing yards per game, ninth with 24.10 completions per game and 326.1 yards of total offense per game, 18th in passing yards per completion (13.88), 21st for passing yards and 30th in passing touchdowns ... Was 21st in NCAA Division I FBS for passing yards and 30th in passing touchdowns despite missing the final two games of the season due to injury ... Led the Mid-American Conference in passing yards per game, total offense and completions per game and ranked second in passing yards and passing yards per completion ... Threw for at least 300 yards in five games during 2014 with a pair of 500+ passing yard performances ... Threw three or more touchdown passes in five contests and had two contests with 5 TDs thrown ... His 2014 season ranks among the most successful by a quarterback in UMass history as Frohnapfel finished first in passing yards per game (334.5), second in passing yards (3,345), second in passes attempted (437), third in completions (241) and tied-sixth in passing touchdowns (23) ... Started against Boston College (8/30) and finished 9-for-22 for 147 yards with a touchdown and interception ... Set then-career highs in completions (20), passing yards (267) and touchdowns (three) against Colorado (9/6) ... Finished the game at Vanderbilt 17-of-34 for 205 yards and a touchdown without tossing an interception on Sept. 13 ... Went 17-of-33 passing for 263 yards and one touchdown at Penn State (9/20) ... Set a Mid-American Conference and UMass record with 589 yards passing against Bowling Green (9/27) as he finished 36-of-61 with five touchdowns ... His TD total against the Falcons tied the school mark for most thrown in a game ... Threw for 389 yards and four touchdowns when he finished 35-for-60 at Miami (Ohio) on Oct. 4 ... Finished 23-for-38 with 286 yards and three touchdowns at Kent State (10/11) in UMass' 40-17 victory ... Added another 300-yard performance when he finished 28-of-51 for 337 yards in the victory over Eastern Michigan (10/18) ... Aired it out at Toledo for 438 passing yards and five touchdowns, tying the UMass mark for most TDs thrown in a single game in program history for the second time this season ... Was 28-for-44 covering 424 yards with two interceptions before leaving the game against Ball State (11/12) with an injury ... Missed the games against Akron (11/18) and Buffalo (11/28) due to injury.
Before UMass: Frohnapfel (FROH nap-ul) earned his undergraduate degree from Marshall University in May 2014 ... Has two years of eligibility remaining at UMass ... Will be able to play immediately in Fall 2014 ... Was a two-year backup to 2012 Conference USA MVP Rakeem Cato ... Played in all 14 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2013 and was 17-of-22 through the air for 206 yards with three touchdowns and one interception ... Completed 18 of 23 passing for 180 yards and two touchdowns, including one to his twin brother, Eric, against Western Carolina as a redshirt freshman at Marshall in 2012 ... Totaled a 78.3 completion percentage in 2012 ... Used 13 rushes to net 81 yards, including a 51-yard TD rush, in the 2012 season finale vs. East Carolina ... Had 101 yards passing against ECU as well ... Redshirted his freshman year in 2011 ... Played for Bill Brown at Colonial Forge High School ... Completed 95-of-159 passes for 1,733 yards and also rushed for 257 yards as a senior ... Passed for more than 4,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his scholastic career ... A two-time First-Team Commonwealth Player of the Year, second-team all-region pick and first-team all-area selection ... Was joined by his brother, Eric, in the 2011 Marshall signing class ... Also held offers from Wake Forest, West Virginia and Vanderbilt.
Career Highs Passing Attempts: 61, vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) Passing Completions: 36, vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) Passing Yards: 589, vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) Longest Pass: 80, vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) (to WR Alex Kenney) Passing Touchdowns: 5, twice, last at Toledo (10/25/14) Rushing Attempts: 9, twice, last vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) Rushing Yards: 78, at Florida International (11/23/13)* Longest Rush: 51, at East Carolina (11/23/12)*
Miscellaneous Career Statistics Games With 300+ Passing Yards: 5, last at Toledo (10/25/14) Games With 400+ Passing Yards: 2, last vs. Ball State (11/12/14) Games With 500+ Passing Yards: 1, vs. Bowling Green (9/27/14) Games With 3+ Passing Touchdowns: 5, last at Toledo (10/25/14) Games With 4+ Passing Touchdowns: 3, last at Toledo (10/25/14) Games With 5+ Passing Touchdowns: 2, last at Toledo (10/25/14) *Member of Marshall University football team