When Kiehl Frazier arrived on the Plains as a flashy dual-threat quarterback in 2011, we found it odd that then-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn only used one of Frazier’s weapons — his feet. In 13 games Frazier ran the ball 76 times but attempted just 12 passes.
In 2012, with Malzahn serving as Arkansas State’s head coach, Frazier continued to struggle with his passing back at Auburn. He completed just 53% of his passes last year with two touchdowns and eight interceptions.
So when Malzahn returned this offseason, we had a pretty good idea that Frazier was not going to be the guy who won the Tigers’ four-man quarterback battle. And he’s not. In fact, he’s moving to safety.
Malzahn announced the decision after Auburn’s practice last evening. Frazier tried to put a positive spin on the move — “I did well the first two days to put myself in a position to be the quarterback, but that’s not something that I felt like — that’s something you have to be all in, 100%” — but his high school coach suggested his former protege saw the writing on the wall.
With Frazier out of the mix, Malzahn has said that newcomers Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson are the leaders with sophomore Jonathan Wallace still in the mix.
As for Frazier, he’s already traded in his number 10 jersey for a number 25. That’s quite a drastic change for the player voted USA Today’s National Offensive Player of the Year coming out of high school.