Frey's collegiate career didn't start off as he'd hoped. He dislocated his shoulder during the first camp of his true freshman season and was forced to redshirt. A broken arm a year later in his first career start ended his 2008 season prematurely as well. Because the injury was sustained so early in the season the NCAA granted Frey a rare sixth year of eligibility.
He's put it to good use, emerging as a 36-game starter (entering the 2012 season) who rose to First Team all-conference a year ago with 73 tackles, eight passes broken up and two interceptions ? including one he returned for a touchdown in the regular season finale against Connecticut that made the Bearcats co-Big East champs (along with West Virginia).