Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Offseason spotlight: Auburn
By Chris Low
Our offseason spotlight stop today focuses on the Auburn Tigers:
Spotlight: Quarterback Kiehl Frazier, 6-2, 220, rising sophomore
2011 summary: Frazier played situationally this past season as a true freshman and was used more as a runner than a passer. He finished 5-0f-12 for 34 yards with no touchdowns and two interceptions. As a runner, Frazier was the Tigers' third leading rusher with 327 yards and three touchdowns.
The skinny: The challenges are many this offseason for Frazier, who was considered to be the Tigers' quarterback of the future in Gus Malzahn's offense. But with Malzahn gone and Scot Loeffler taking over as offensive coordinator, Frazier not only has to learn the new offense, but he has to prove that he's the best guy to lead the offense. Clint Moseley returns for his junior season, and signee Zeke Pike of Crestview Hills, Ky., is already enrolled and will also participate in spring practice. Frazier has to make the transformation from athlete to quarterback, at least in college. Of the 12 passes he threw this past season, two were intercepted. This offseason will be critical to his development, as he gains more trust in himself as a passer and his teammates gain more trust in him. With Loeffler coming in, the slate will be clean for all of the quarterbacks. The Tigers were never able to establish any consistency at the position in 2011. Frazier gets his chance over the next few months to prove that he's ready to take that next step and lead this football team, but beating out Moseley won't be easy.