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NC State running back Frasier out for the year

N.C. State redshirt freshman running back Johnny Frasier will miss the rest of the year after shoulder surgery.
N.C. State redshirt freshman running back Johnny Frasier will miss the rest of the year after shoulder surgery. ehyman@newsobserver.com

N.C. State redshirt freshman running back Johnny Frasier had season-ending shoulder surgery this week.

Frasier, one of the top recruits to join the Wolfpack program in coach Dave Doeren’s four-year tenure, had 18 carries for 65 yards with a touchdown in five games this season.

A prep star at Princeton High School, and a four-star recruit in 2015, Frasier has dealt with multiple injuries in his two seasons at N.C. State. His redshirt year was slowed by ankle and foot injuries and he was set back again in the spring with a concussion.

Frasier entered this season with hopes of playing a significant role but couldn’t make a dent in the depth chart. The 5-10, 224-pound running back had seven carries for 26 yards and a touchdown in the season-opening win over William & Mary.

He didn’t play in three of the next five games and had five combined carries in wins over Old Dominion and Wake Forest. He had six carries for 15 yards in a 54-13 loss to Louisville on Oct. 22, after starter Matt Dayes left the game with a head injury. Frasier suffered the injury in the Louisville game and hasn’t dressed since then. He will sit out the final three games of the season.

Frasier ran for more than 7,000 yards and had 109 touchdowns in his prep career at nearby Princeton. ESPN and Scout both ranked Frasier as one of the top 100 players in the country coming out of high school.

He made news before Signing Day when he switched his commitment from Florida State and chose the Wolfpack.

Joe Giglio: 919-829-8938, @jwgiglio

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