Freshman Frazier Getting Up To Speed

Kiehl Frazier discusses how he's coming along in preseason practice.

Auburn, Ala.—The USA Today National Offensive Player of the Year, Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier has been getting a crash course in Gus Malzahn's offense since practice started two weeks ago for the Tigers. Working alongside junior Barrett Trotter and sophomore Clint Moseley, Frazier said so far so good.

"It's going well," Frazier said. "I'm definitely picking up the offense well and now I'm making a few more plays than I did in the beginning. I'm progressing."

"I definitely feel more comfortable and it definitely slowed down a lot just because instead of going out there and having to think about the checks and reads and stuff, I kind of already know it, already programmed. So I just go out there and play, so that helps."

One of the toughest things Frazier and his fellow freshmen have tried to get used to is the pace at which the offense moves for Malzahn. Wanting to pace the defense and gain an advantage, Frazier said it takes some getting used to when you're coming from the high school ranks.

"The tempo, it's more than I expected," Frazier said. "We ran the spread the same, obviously, in high school and I expected it to be kind of that speed. But when we got here, they really push the tempo. That's going got to be a big factor for us this year. We go pretty fast."

With two full scrimmages and a half scrimmage already under his belt and more to come, Frazier has been given every opportunity to get used to not only the speed of the offense, but also the speed of the game. He said the work they've done in full-speed drills and 11-on-11 work has been huge for him.

"It helps you a lot just to get adjusted to the speed," Frazier said. "The third scrimmage was more young guys, so the speed wasn't really as high as it has been. But the first two scrimmages really helped you get acclimated to the college game."

Starting off behind the eight ball with Trotter and Moseley having two years in Malzahn's offensive scheme, Frazier has been on the fast track to try to catch up as the Tigers get closer to the season opener against Utah State. Even though he's still got plenty of work ahead of him, the talented freshman said he's getting better and better every day on the field.

"I think that comes with the territory of coming in and not really knowing and having a clean slate and being here as long as I've been here," Frazier said. "I think I'm definitely a lot closer to those guys than I was."


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