Auburn Football Stock Report: Riser No. 1

This series of reports features a dozen Auburn football players whose stock is on the rise based on their spring training performances.

Auburn, Ala.--Coming in at No. 1 on our list of Auburn football players whose stock is on the rise based on their spring training performance is sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier.

Known much more for his running ability than his ability to throw the football as a true freshman last fall, Frazier had plenty of work to do in the spring to overcome that stigma for new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler.

Only having last season's video to watch on Frazier, he saw a quarterback who ran for 327 yards and three touchdowns, but only completed 5-12 passes for 34 yards while throwing two interceptions in the process.

Working hard on Frazier's fundamentals with a heavy emphasis on footwork, Loeffler helped Frazier quickly improve into a more proficient passer early in the spring and he showed continued development throughout the 15-day practice period.

Loeffler said the biggest thing in helping the young quarterback develop was having the opportunity to experience a large number of reps each day in spring practice.

"They didn't throw him very much last year in the previous system so you 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. Kiehl had a tremendous amount of throws this spring so you got to assess where he's at, what he needs to improve on."

Kiehl Frazier looks for a receiver during the A-Day Game.

With junior Clint Moseley suffering from a sore arm early in the spring, it meant additional reps for Frazier with the first offense and that paid off for him.

Feeling more confident with the work he put in on the field and in the weight room to improve his strength, Frazier adapted quickly to Loeffler's pro-style offense, and working more from under center. The quarterback's improved all-around play is something that Coach Gene Chizik said was apparent throughout the spring.

"I don't think there is any question about it, he certainly improved in a lot of aspects this spring," Chizik said. "He had a lot of opportunities. He's maturing as a quarterback, but he's learning a lot.

"He's still a young 19-year-old kid who has a lot in front of him, but we're asking a lot of him," Chizik added. "I thought he handled it very well. His best days are certainly ahead of him, but I feel like he made a lot of strides this spring."

Kiehl Frazier throws a pass in a spring practice.

Performing well in every scrimmage situation in the spring, Frazier saved one of his best performances of the spring for when the Tigers took the field for the annual A-Day Game at Jordan-Hare Stadium. Completing 7-9 passes for 92 yards in the first half, Frazier's poised and confident play showed a different player from the one Auburn fans last saw in Atlanta for the Chick-Fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.

His improved play and improved confidence is also something that was apparent to his teammates in the spring. Classmate and wide receiver Quan Bray said that Frazier is quickly becoming a leader on the team and he's excited to see the future with number 10.

"I told him that he brought the swag into things and he's got his swag back," Bray said of Frazier, who was a high school All-American as a record-setting performer at Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Ark. "He's really doing it. It's just the way he's carrying himself and taking control of the whole offense. That's how we're going to win, with a quarterback like that."

Riser No. 2, Dee Ford

Riser No. 3, Jeffrey Whitaker

Riser No. 4, Reese Dismukes

Riser No. 5, Jermaine Whitehead

Riser No. 6, Daren Bates

Riser No.7, Justin Garrett

Riser No. 8, LaDarius Owens

Riser No. 9, Robenson Therezie

Riser No. 10, Eric Mack

Riser No. 11, Trent Fisher

Riser No. 12, C.J. Uzomah


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