September 27th, 2011 12:28 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Auburn
Tags: AU, SEC, Unlike Trotter, Week Five
In 2009, Gus Malzahn’s Auburn offense averaged 33.3 points per game and 431.7 yards per game.
In 2010, the Tiger offense piled up 41.2 points and 499.2 yards per game with Cam Newton at the controls.
This season, AU is back down to 34.3 points and 373.7 yards per contest.
The takeaway? Newton was a pretty hefty part of Auburn’s offense last season. Shocking, right?
Gene Chizik has called for better execution from his current offensive players. Sounds simple enough. But some fans have a different take. On Saturday, some in the Tiger student section began chanting the name “Frazier,” as in third-string, true freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier.
Starting signal-caller Barrett Trotter hasn’t been bad in AU’s first four games. He’s completing 61% of his passes and he has an 8-3 touchdown-to-interception ratio. He is not, however, a threat with his feet in the way that Newton was. Auburn has gone from having the SEC’s leading rusher at quarterback to a guy who’s run 20 times for a total of 33 yards.
Unlike Trotter, Frazier is a dual-threat type quarterback. Tiger fans know it. We know it. In fact, we predicted prior to the season that Frazier would take the reins of Auburn’s offense in October because Malzahn would need his two-way skills entering SEC play.
But that hasn’t happened yet. In fact, Frazier has mainly seen time in Auburn’s Wildcat formation. For the season he has rushed four times for 33 yards and tossed one incomplete pass. That’s it.
Chizik once said that Frazier’s role would grow by Week Five. It’s now Week Five and some Tiger-backers are calling for him by name. Will Malzahn now begin to work him into the offense more?
For his part, Frazier isn’t campaigning for playing time. “Whatever Coach Malzahn thinks,” the freshman told Al.com. “He’s going to go in with the guy he has the most trust in, and that’s been Barrett so far. Barrett’s been doing a good job.”
Just not good enough to keep Frazier from becoming a topic of conversation on The Plains.
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