Frazier's Role Increasing For Auburn Offense

Auburn freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier discusses his role on offense and his two interceptions in the loss to Arkansas.

Auburn, Ala.—For Kiehl Frazier the first six games of his freshman season have been a mixed bag. While his role has increased steadily since the season opener he hasn't quite been turned loose fully by Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. Instead the talented Arkansas native has been more of a wildcat quarterback for the Tigers with a handful of plays in each game at specific times.

That changed somewhat Saturday night as Frazier got 28 snaps at quarterback for the Tigers and had four opportunities to throw the ball. Unfortunate for both he and the Auburn offense two of them were intercepted when he tried to get the ball down the field. For him it wasn't what he had hoped for returning back to his home state.

"As a team, we knew we didn't play as well as we could," Frazier said. "And me, on those two interceptions that I threw … we should have done that. That was really my fault and a big reason we lost the game.

"I didn't expect to go out there and my first two passes downfield to be interceptions," he added. "That was definitely a step back for me, but it's also something that I can grow from."

Growth has been the key for Frazier as he has become a big part of Auburn's offensive attack despite being third on the depth chart for the Tigers. His addition in the running game has been big for the offense and he said right now that's his job for the team, a job that grew some against the Razorbacks.

"If Coach Malzahn wanted me to, I could run more of the base offense," Frazier said. "But right now he really wants me just in the Wildcat and kind of what I'm doing so far.

"I knew I was going to get a few more than I did last week," Frazier added. "I didn't know exactly how much it would be. I played a little bit more than I expected to, really. But I was glad I got to go in there and contribute."

The more Frazier becomes involved in the Auburn offense the more possibilities it creates for a quarterback controversy with starter Barrett Trotter. While he no doubt would step up to the challenge if it was presented to him, Frazier said at the moment he's concentrating on learning the game at this level and trying to help the Tigers win in his own way.

"Oh, yeah, I definitely hear it," Frazier said. "But that's all Coach Chizik and Coach Malzahn's decision. I mean, going out there, you could see that I haven't really competed too much in collegiate ball yet, just the way that I kind of handled myself with those two passes. I've still got a lot of learning to do, I think, before I can be in that position."


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