"After a complete and thorough evaluation during spring practice and through the first three-plus weeks of camp, Kiehl Frazier has earned the starting job at quarterback," Chizik said. "We expect Kiehl to be a leader for this team and to continue to work hard every day. I am confident in his ability and leadership skills and look forward to watching him progress in both areas."
Frazier signs an autograph earlier this month at Fan Day.
Playing in all 13 games last season as a true freshman, Frazier was used mostly as a runner in Auburn's offense as he finished third on the team in rushing with 327 yards on 76 carries with three touchdowns. Through the air Frazier completed just 5-12 passes for a total of 34 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.
Frazier's emergence began in spring practice under first-year coordinator Scot Loeffler as he improved dramatically throwing the football and running the offense. With an offense designed around a power running game and play-action passing, Frazier's mobility should bring an added dimension to Auburn's offense in 2012.
He said that he feels like he's added plenty to his game since last season that should help him this year.
"I'm just getting better with every rep," Frazier said. "I'm trying to make it like a game rep. I'm just getting myself better."
Clint Moseley, a redshirt junior, finished the 2011 season as the starter. However, his chance to retain the number one spot has been hampered by a sore throwing arm. Because of the problem Frazier got most of the reps with the first offense in spring training.
Moseley rehabbed the problem over the summer, but the sore arm came back during two-a-days in August and has limited the former Leroy High star's ability to throw the football.
Forced to watch Frazier get the bulk of the first-team reps in preseason practice, Moseley said he's seen the young guy make some big strides forward in his game.
"I'm impressed by his ability to run and his velocity on the ball," Moseley said. "That's one thing he can do with just about anybody out there. Obviously there is a lot more to quarterbacking than just those two things and he's got good leadership. The guys listen to him. He's got all the tools to be really, really good."
With Moseley limited in practice the team's other scholarship quarterback, true freshman Jonathan Wallace from Central High School in Phenix City, has been sharing reps with Moseley on the second team. Wallace has won praise from Chizik and quarterback coach/offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler for his performance this preseason.