Bluffton quarterback C.J. Frazier has spent been the better part of four years now attempting to prove each of his doubters wrong.
That's never been easy for the senior, though, who despite throwing for more than 7,000 yards and 100-plus touchdowns -- to go along with three final four playoff appearances -- has always had to answer questions about his size and late-season heroics.
"I always feel like I get a little bit slighted because people always want to say something or make excuses why I can't play," Frazier said. "I just want to show them that I can and having the receivers and offensive line I have, I want to make the team as good as possible."
The 5-foot-11 signal-caller will get one more chance at the prep level to prove those doubters wrong, as he appears poised to receive valuable playing time under center in Saturday's North-South All-Star Game in Myrtle Beach.
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"It's always going to be hard with my size," Frazier said, "but I'm just hoping to show them that when offensive line isn't a problem that I can run the ball when I need to. Just do whatever I can to make the offense run as smoothly as possible."
Frazier will do so with a pair of familiar faces in Bobcats wide receiver Marquis Webber and Whale Branch wideout Dee Delaney. With only five wideouts on the roster and with the South offense running largely out of three-receiver sets, both players figure to get extensive playing time.
Webber is "not going to ever leave me out to dry," Frazier said. "He's going to have my back. Any timing routes we have I'm probably going to go to him because I'm comfortable with him. He understands that."
Saturday's game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium will be an audition of sorts for the Bobcats tandem. While Delaney already holds offers from Newberry and Georgia State, Webber and Frazier are still hoping to make a second impression on college scouts.
Frazier has an offer from Newberry and plans on visiting Averett (Va.) University in the winter, but Webber is still holding out for his first offer, he said.
"I take it basically as an audition, or a job interview, because I have no scholarship yet," Webber said. "That's all I'm working for. I'm going to have the opportunity to show that I can play at the next level."
The senior, who reeled in 15 touchdowns and more than 1,000 yards this season, plans on walking on if that scholarship never comes.
"All I need is a chance to get there," he said. "And once I get there I can take the rest."
Frazier, meanwhile, does not yet know whether he has beaten out Hanahan quarterback Anthony Smalls for Saturday's starting role. He hopes to learn that soon.
"Right now we're splitting all the reps," he said. "They'll probably have us every drive or every quarter."
What: The 64th annual S.C. Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Football Game
Where: Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach
When: 12:30 p.m. Saturday
Tickets: $15 at the gate. Up to two children under the age of seven will be admitted for free with one adult ticket holder.
Local players: Bluffton QB C.J. Frazier, Bluffton WR Marquis Webber and Whale Branch WR Dee Delaney are on the South roster.