Loeffler In No Hurry to Name Starting QB

New Auburn offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler talks about the competition to be the No. 1 quarterback.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn's new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach, Scot Loeffler, said he doesn't see it being a problem that the competition for the starting QB spot will continue into preseason practice in August.

The Tigers wrapped up their 15 days of spring practices on Monday without the coaches naming who their number one guy is even though junior Clint Moseley is the returning starter.

Kiehl Frazier

The three-player competition includes sophomore Kiehl Frazier, who opened the A-Day Game on Saturday running the first offense, and early high school graduate Zeke Pike, who was the second quarterback to see action in the spring game.

Asked if it is going to cause issues for the offense not having a No. 1 guy named, Loeffler said, "I don't think so at all. There are particular situations that I have been a part of, numerous situations, where the competition lasted all the way through the last week of training camp.

"Obviously with Chad Henney, who started for two straight years, we knew that he was going to be the guy," Loeffler said of the former University of Michigan star he coached. "I don't know if there's any significance whatsoever in terms of if we wait until the last week of August. I don't see any relevance in that unless we have an established guy that has started for two to three years. Then there's some value to it, but that's not our situation right now."

With Moseley limited for part of spring drills with a sore shoulder, Frazier got plenty of chances to direct the first team offense. Playing as a true freshman last fall, he was a change of pace quarterback who normally was only allowed to run the football. That changed in the spring as a bigger, stronger and more confident Frazier made a push to move up the depth chart.

"They didn't throw him very much last year in the previous system so you've got to see exactly what he can and cannot do and what he needs to improve in," Loeffler said. "That was one where you got to see his running ability, but you never got to see him truly throw the ball numerous times."

Because of that Loeffler gave Frazier plenty of opportunities to show the passing arm that made him the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year as a high school senior. "Kiehl had a tremendous amount of throws this spring," the coach said. "You've got to assess where he's at, what he needs to improve on, and it's just like any quarterback--even the starters.

"If we had a guy here that started for three years, or two years, there's still going to be a host of items that he's going to have to work on during the volunteer portion of the summer along with training camp," Loeffler added.

"At the quarterback position you're never established, you're never where you want to be and that's what the great ones do--they find out the things that they need to improve on and they master them or try to make strides to improve their areas of weakness during the voluntary area and the training camp."

Clint Moseley

Head coach Gene Chizik challenged every player on the team to take advantage of the time between now and the start of preseason drills in August to get stronger and faster in the conditioning program and do voluntary on the football field workouts to prepare for two-a-days.

Some positions can benefit from the voluntary workouts more than others and quarterback is certainly near the top of the list.

Zeke Pike throws a pass in the A-Day Game.

Loeffler is looking to see each of his three scholarship quarterbacks from spring drills be improved players when the Tigers put on the pads again in August.

"There is so much improvement that can happen in the voluntary stuff," he said. "There is so much improvement that can happen during training camp. You can't give an accurate answer to who the guy (the starter) is until you make it through those phases."


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