Arkansas’ John L. Smith needs to start taking lessons from Steve Spurrier. Just stop answering questions from the media.
Ahead of the Razorbacks’ game at Auburn on Saturday, Arkansas’ interim coach was asked about Tiger quarterback Kiehl Frazier and his many struggles this season. He responded as follows:
“He’s like all younger guys in the league. If you play too darn early, it may not be a good thing. But as you continue to play, the great thing about being young and playing early is you’re going to get better all the time.”
As I see it, there’s nothing wrong with that statement. It wasn’t an indictment of Frazier or of the Auburn coaching staff. But some are taking it that way. We’ve heard from more than one AU fan this morning who’s sent this story too us, upset that either a) Smith would question Gene Chizik or b) Chizik would play Frazier before he was ready.
In reality, whether AU officials say it’s the case or not, most believe Clint Moseley would have probably been the Tigers’ starter had it not been for a sore shoulder. He’s yet to see action this year despite Frazier’s woes which gives further credence to the injury theory.
And if a bum shoulder on Moseley is what forced Frazier into action a little bit ahead of schedule, then there’s not a thing wrong with Smith’s assessment of the situation on the Plains.