Auburn's Success with Quarterback Transfers Could Continue with Gunner Kiel

By Patrick Schmidt
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Auburn has had a very successful run at bringing in quarterbacks that have transferred in recent memory including Chris Todd and Cam Newton, so could the Tigers be interested in former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel?

The 2012 season for Auburn was one of the worst ever for quarterbacks in the modern history of the forward pass, but with new head coach Gus Malzahn back in town, it is expected that the offense will take a giant leap forward with his offensive wizardry.

However, should they be so quick to give the former five-star signal-caller the cold shoulder after finishing with the 116th ranked passing offense and the 114th ranked scoring attack of a year ago?

Sure, the team brought in highly-regarded quarterback, Jeremy Johnson to be the future at the position, and Kiehl Frazier is likely to reclaim his starting position this spring, but placing a phone call to Kiel should happen.

Bringing Kiel to town would allow for Johnson to redshirt and mature as a passer, because he is a little raw right now. If history is any indication at Auburn, transfers have a lot of success in their second career as an Auburn Tiger.

Kiel may not win a Heisman or a BCS National Title as Newton did for Malzahn, and I wouldn’t bet the house that he comes to town, but it’s a pretty good gamble to bet on a five-star arm, and at least gauge his interest.

Patrick is a college football writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickASchmidt and add him to your network on Google.

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