Auburn football coach Gene Chizik announced Thursday afternoon that Kiehl Frazier will takes the reins of the offense in 2012 as the starting quarterback. This marks the third straight season the Tigers will enter the season with a No. 1 quarterback who has never started a game at Auburn.
“After a complete and thorough evaluation during spring practice and through the first three-plus weeks of camp, Kiehl Frazier has earned the starting job at quarterback,” Chizik said. “We expect Kiehl to be a leader for this team and to continue to work hard every day. I am confident in his ability and leadership skills and look forward to watching him progress in both areas.”
After playing in all 13 games his freshman year, Frazier recorded 76 rushes for 327 yards in his role as a primary rusher and finished third on the team. Only attempting 12 passes, the sophomore completed five throws for 34 yards and had two interceptions.
After improving his throwing significantly while working with a new offensive coordinator, Scot Loeffler, Frazier has been seen as more of a leader throughout fall camp. His mobility will be a nice addition to Loeffler’s power running game and play-action passing attack.
The news did not come as to much of a surprise to those who follow the team closely. While Frazier was making strides during the summer and into fall, counterpart Clint Moseley missed time and reps due to a sore shoulder. As Frazier continued to get more playing time in practice while Moseley healed, the writing slowly appeared on the wall that the sophomore was going to be the winner of the battle.