Nebraska endured quite a thumping in the Orange Bowl following the 1991 season, suffering a 22-0 loss to top-ranked Miami.

Yeah, another loss to one of those dadgum Florida schools.

A coach doesn't feel like doing much of anything after a game like that, Tom Osborne told me Tuesday.

But there was this quarterback at Manatee High in Bradenton, Fla. He ran the option like he was put on Earth to do it.

So, the day after that rough Orange Bowl loss, Osborne and assistant Kevin Steele drove 3 1/2 hours northwest to Bradenton.

Tommie wasn't ready to commit.

"I know he was looking at Notre Dame, Colorado and maybe South Carolina," Osborne recalled. "The Florida schools wanted him to be a defensive back, or play a position other than quarterback. He wasn't terribly interested in that.

"We really didn't know what would happen with him."

Well, it all worked out fairly well for Nebraska and Frazier. Well enough that Frazier will be inducted Tuesday into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Osborne remembers well watching Frazier's high school film.

"It just jumped out at me that he could really run the option, his timing on pitches and everything," Osborne said. "He was a guy who was perfectly suited for what we were trying to do."

I know a few defensive coaches who would back that claim, including the 1995 Florida staff.

"The way he played against Florida in that national championship game (in January of 1996), it was probably one of the finest games a quarterback's ever had," Osborne said.