Frazier Focused On Fixing Mistakes

Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier talks about the good and bad through four games, his development at the position and what he needs to improve on.

Auburn, Ala.—With four games down and a week off to look back and grade himself and the offense, sophomore quarterback Kiehl Frazier said that the Tigers have made some strides since the season opening loss to Clemson.

It has been two steps forward and one step back for Auburn on that side of the ball, however, as mistakes have kept Offensive Coordinator Scot Loeffler's group from flourishing so far.

"I feel like we definitely got better," Frazier said. "We've just left a lot of plays out there. If it wasn't for five or six plays, we might be 3-1, 4-0 instead of 1-3. Winning, that's the expectation, that's what we need to do, so we've just got to fix that these two weeks."

Anytime an offense struggles the first person who gets the blame is the quarterback and while Auburn's problems haven't all been on Frazier, there is little doubt that better play at that position is a must for the Tigers to succeed the rest of 2012. Completing just 52.8 percent of his passes this season for 546 yards and two touchdowns with seven interceptions, Frazier is off to a forgettable start in his first season as the man for the Tigers.

"I definitely didn't expect to have seven interceptions through four games, but that's just something I've got to work on, decision-making," Frazier said. "Those are the first four games of my career and I definitely won't have seven picks the next four games."

With those problems come complaints and criticism about the QB's performance. While it's not the ideal situation for a young quarterback to deal with, Frazier said it's just something you put out of your mind and concentrate on getting better.

"People will say this and that, but I don't really take it personally," he pointed. "Winning, that's the expectation at Auburn, and if you don't do that then people will be talking about it. Right now we're 1-3 so there are a lot of people off the bandwagon, but if we do what we need to do these next couple of games, then a lot of people will get back on.

"We're not really worried about the bandwagon, we've just got to get better as a team. We're young, and we feel like we're moving in the right direction. The defense, they played one of their best games ever Saturday, so as the offense, we've just got to catch up to them and I think we'll have a good game plan going into Arkansas, and I think we'll play better."

Something that could help Frazier's development is having Loeffler on the sidelines with him. Admitting that he's had problems dealing with mistakes during a game, Frazier said having his coach on the field with him should be helpful in every situation he'll have to deal with this season.

Trying to add something to the offense and take some of the pressure off Frazier, Auburn used true freshman Jonathan Wallace last week in a limited role at quarterback. Coach Gene Chizik said it's something they'll continue to do, but he doesn't think it will have any impact on Frazier's development at the position.

"Kiehl has had a significant number of reps," Chizik said. "Kiehl's just got to improve on the things we're doing. When you're trying to get another quarterback in a very limited role, you can do things in practice where it really doesn't take a whole lot of reps away from your quarterback. I think Jonathan will continue to improve, but I don't think it limits what the other quarterbacks, rep-wise, are doing."

Many of those problems have come in the second half of games as Frazier's numbers have gone down dramatically in the final 30 minutes. That was the case Saturday night as he completed just 5-11 passes on the second half with two interceptions. The theme all week for Auburn has been finishing practice, plays and games. That's something that Frazier said is the goal for the Tigers moving forward as an offense and a team.

"I definitely feel like I've been better in the first half than the second half, but that just goes back to finishing," Frazier said. "It's something that I've got to work on in practice and during the second half of practice, just doing as well as we did in the first half. We're going to work on that this week and hopefully that'll show up on Saturdays."


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