Charlie Frye
Frye with the Raiders in December 2009
Current position
TitleOffensive coordinator
TeamFlorida Atlantic Owls
ConferenceThe American
Biographical details
Born (1981-08-28) August 28, 1981 (age 42)
Willard, Ohio, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of Akron
Playing career
2005–2007Cleveland Browns
2007–2008Seattle Seahawks
2009–2010Oakland Raiders
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2012–2013Jones (FL) (OC)
2014–2015Wekiva (OC)
2016–2017Florida (Director of player development)
2018Ashland (WR)
2019–2020Central Michigan (OC/QB)
2021Miami Dolphins (QB)
2022Penn State (Offensive analyst/Analytics coordinator)
2023–presentFlorida Atlantic (OC)
Accomplishments and honors
As a player

Charles Thomas Frye (born August 28, 1981) is an American football coach and former player who is the offensive coordinator for the Florida Atlantic Owls. He played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL).

Frye played college football for the Akron Zips and was selected by the Cleveland Browns in the third round of the 2005 NFL draft.

Early years

Frye graduated from Willard High School in Willard, Ohio, and was a football standout at quarterback under coach Chris Hawkins. He broke 17 of the school's all-time football records. In his senior season, Frye led the Crimson Flashes to a 10-2 record, earning the Northwest District Player of the Year award and First-team All-Ohio Division III team honors. Frye excelled in basketball; during his senior season he earned First-team All-Northwest District and Honorable Mention All-Ohio Honors and helped lead the Crimson Flashes to a 22-3 record, a Northern Ohio League Championship and a Sweet 16 berth.

College career

Frye broke 54 football records during his college career at the University of Akron.[1] After red-shirting in freshman year, Frye was named starting quarterback in just the second game of his freshman season.[2] Frye won the MVP award at the 2005 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.[3]



Passing Rushing Receiving
Season Team GS GP Rating Att Comp Pct Yds TD INT Att Yds TD Rec Yds TD
2001 Akron 10 11 124.6 289 170 58.8 2,053 9 6 62 22 3 0 0 0
2002 Akron 12 12 136.5 380 250 65.8 2,824 15 9 102 125 7 1 -4 0
2003 Akron 11 12 148.6 421 273 64.8 3,549 22 9 111 288 7 1 14 0
2004 Akron 11 11 139.8 349 220 63.6 2,623 18 8 100 -6 2 0 0 0
Totals 44 46 138.5 1,436 913 63.6 11,049 64 32 375 429 19 2 10 0

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Wonderlic
6 ft 3+78 in
(1.93 m)
225 lb
(102 kg)
31+18 in
(0.79 m)
8+78 in
(0.23 m)
4.88 s 1.69 s 2.82 s 4.08 s 6.94 s 33 in
(0.84 m)
9 ft 5 in
(2.87 m)
All values from NFL Combine[6][7]

Cleveland Browns

Frye was selected in the third round (67th overall) of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Browns.[8][9] His first NFL start came against the Jacksonville Jaguars in week 13. He passed for 226 yards with two touchdowns, both to fellow rookie Braylon Edwards, and set a Browns rookie record for a single game with a 136.7 passer rating. Frye started the final five games of the 2005 season for the Browns, compiling a record of 2–3.

Frye was named starting quarterback for the 2006 NFL season.[10]

After a battle in the preseason with Derek Anderson and rookie Brady Quinn, Frye won the starting quarterback job for the 2007 season. In the first game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Frye struggled during the first few minutes.[11] Anderson replaced him for the remainder of the game. Anderson remained the starter for the rest of the year and made the Pro Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks

On September 11, Frye was traded to the Seattle Seahawks for a sixth-round draft pick. He was the Seahawks' third-string quarterback behind Matt Hasselbeck and Seneca Wallace. Frye made his first start of the 2008 season against the Green Bay Packers.

Oakland Raiders

An unrestricted free agent following the 2008 season, Frye signed with the Oakland Raiders on June 8, 2009.

On December 16, 2009, Raiders Head Coach Tom Cable named Frye the starting quarterback of the Oakland Raiders after Bruce Gradkowski was injured with two torn MCL's. Frye surpassed former starter and number one overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell after Russell was sacked six times in relief of Gradkowski the previous week in a game against the Washington Redskins.

On December 20, 2009, Frye made his first start against the Denver Broncos, but was injured early in the fourth quarter and JaMarcus Russell came in to win the game.

Frye came back from his injury to play the next two weeks against the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. Frye threw 3 interceptions but came back against the Ravens to throw a touchdown and no interceptions. Frye finished the season with 581 yards passing, 1 TD, and 4 INT with a 65.3 passer rating.

Frye signed a 1-year, $1.2 million contract with a third-round tender on March 15, 2010. During training camp later that year, Frye injured his wrist and had to undergo surgery. Oakland placed him on injured reserve on August 19, 2010.

Coaching career

After injuries and surgeries ended his career early, Frye turned to coaching.[12] Former teammate Kenard Lang, who was by then the head football coach at Jones High School in Orlando, hired Frye as offensive coordinator.[13]

Before the 2013 season, Lang and Frye were hired for the same positions at Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida.[14]

Frye spent the 2018 football season as the wide receivers coaching for Ashland University (Ashland, OH)

In January 2019 it was announced that Frye would be joining the staff of new Central Michigan head coach Jim McElwain as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. [15]

In January 2021, Frye was named as the QB Coach for the Miami Dolphins. [16]

In August 2022, Frye joined the Penn State football Staff as an Offensive Analyst. [17]

In December of the same year, Frye agreed to become the next offensive coordinator at Florida Atlantic. [18]

Personal life

In honor of his high school career, the Crimson Flashes retired his #3 jersey and is on display in the Commons and on the field.

In honor of his #5 jersey and last name, Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic declared Friday, November 5, 2004 "Frye-day".[19]

See also


  1. ^ Nathan Lindquist (September 29, 2005). "Akron left to deal with life after Charlie Frye". Northern Illinois University. Archived from the original on December 15, 2019. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  2. ^ "Akron faces Buckeyes with rookie QB". The Tribune. September 7, 2001. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  3. ^ John Zenor (January 30, 2005). "Frye MVP of North's Senior Bowl win". Peninsula Clarion. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "Charlie Frye Stats". USA TODAY Sports Digital Properties. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  5. ^ "Historical NFL Wonderlic Scores". Archived from the original on September 2, 2016. Retrieved September 10, 2016.((cite web)): CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  6. ^ "Charlie Frye, Akron, QB, 2005 NFL Draft Scout, NCAA College Football". Retrieved September 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Charlie Frye, Combine Results, QB - Akron". Retrieved August 7, 2021.
  8. ^ "2005 NFL Draft Listing". Retrieved May 7, 2023.
  9. ^ "Browns' Frye finds ally in Kosar". Toledo Blade. May 21, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Browns begin on a Frye day". Toledo Blade. July 27, 2006. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  11. ^ "Browns trade starting QB Frye to Seattle; Dorsey signed". Covers Media Group Ltd. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  12. ^ "Wekiva first year coach Kenard Lang bringing hope and promise to the program. - tribunedigital-orlandosentinel". Archived from the original on June 13, 2015.
  13. ^ "Central Florida football teams filled with well-known assistants - tribunedigital-orlandosentinel". Archived from the original on June 13, 2015.
  14. ^ "Kenard Lang resigns as Jones football coach, takes head coaching job at Wekiva".
  15. ^ @EvanPetzold (January 7, 2019). "BREAKING: Former NFL QB Charlie Frye..." (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  16. ^ "Penn State football coaching staff adds Charlie Frye, ex-NFL QB, as offensive analyst".
  17. ^ "The Blitz: Monday January 25".
  18. ^ "Charlie Frye agrees to become Florida Atlantic OC, sources say". December 26, 2022.
  19. ^ "Charlie Frye (2014) - Hall of Fame - University of Akron Athletics".