As Gus Malzahn takes over as head coach of the Auburn Tigers, one of his first jobs will be deciding on a quarterback who can run his spread offense effectively in 2013. While many assumed that Kiehl Frazier would slide right in as the starter since Malzahn recruited him to Auburn to run this offense, the Tigers’ head coach is going to “keep an open mind” when it comes to naming his starter next fall. So who could unseat Frazier as the No. 1 quarterback?
Whoever does it will have to do it without the benefit of a great deal of experience. Frazier was the starter for most of last season, but struggled heavily, completing just 53.4 percent of his passes for 753 yards with two touchdowns and eight interceptions. That left many to assume that Jonathan Wallace could make a move for the starter’s job after completing 57.5 percent of his passes for 720 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions in limited action.
But after Frazier and Wallace battled it out in spring practice, Malzahn is still unsettled on his plans for quarterback next fall. He wants to see what incoming recruits Nick Marshall, Jeremy Johnson and Jason Smith have to offer during fall camp. Each of them will have the opportunity to stake a claim for the starting quarterback job and Malzahn will choose whichever quarterback he feels gives Auburn the best chance to win next season.
With a rebuilding job in the works and a wide open quarterback competition on the Plains, who will ultimately lead the Tigers under Malzahn?