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Carnes' mother and Tommie Frazier's mother are first cousins, making the new Nebraska QB a second cousin of the Husker legend, an All-American during his 1992-95 career. His name is pronounced Bree-on.
“Tommie's my cousin, and I love him dearly. But I'm looking forward to making a name for myself. After I get done, I want people to be able to say, ‘Tommie did this and Brion did this. It must run in the family.'”
“Brion's a tremendous athlete. He's a hard worker, but he'll need to work on his decision-making in that new system and his accuracy.” — Manatee High quarterback coach Chris Conboy
He finished 39-12 as a starter, earning the job as a freshman in the highest classification of football in Florida. Carnes won more games than his cousin Frazier or Frazier's replacement, Willie Taggart, who had sought to recruit Carnes for Western Kentucky. Carnes threw for 2,245 yards and 24 touchdowns and took Manatee to the state championship game last fall. Was once committed to South Florida.
Good for Carnes to say he wants to win a Heisman Trophy. That's a lofty goal, but he faces a battle just to wrangle the starting QB job from Cody Green, Taylor Martinez or Kody Spano in 2012 — not to mention Jamal Turner, the Huskers' 2011 pledge. Carnes flourished at the highest levels as a Florida prep star, a definite good sign, but even his resolve and patience will be tested by the competition at NU.