Springdale Native Suits Up For National Championship Game

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SPRINGDALE (KFSM) -- The two best college football teams in the nation faced off Monday (1/11) night in the National Championship Game.

One of the players on the field, Joshua Frazier, is a native of Northwest Arkansas.

As the co-defensive coordinator at Har-Ber High School, Travis Moreland said one of the finest products to come from the school was Alabama`s Frazier.

“You can tell if a kid has the ‘it factor’ kind of deal,” Moreland said.

Frazier, a 6-feet-4-inch 315-pound defensive tackle, was a star athlete in high school. He was honored as an All-American.

“To see Josh playing in the college championship game, it is a proud moment,” Frazier.

Frazier is now part of the Crimson Tide team, that took on the Clemson Tigers for the championship.

Moreland said Frazier stood out among the crowd and became more than just a player to him.

“I spent three years with Josh. He meant a lot to this school, a lot to the program, and a lot to the community,” Moreland said. “So, you just kind of sit back as a proud parent.”

Frazier is a reserve for Alabama, but he has seen playing time.

Moreland said he, and many others from the Har-Ber community, will be looking for the Springdale native on TV.

“I will look for 69. I will look for his number. Like I said, I am very proud of him, and very honored to have coached him,” Moreland said. “Regardless, I am very proud of him. [I am] proud of the opportunity that he has given himself. He is doing extremely well in school. To me, that is a little more important than everything else.”