Auburn's QB Competition Continues

Comments from Kiehl Frazier and Jonathan Wallace are featured following Auburn's annual A-Day football game.

Auburn, Ala.--The two quarterbacks competing for the starting job came away from Auburn's annual spring football game saying they saw progress from the offense as a whole.

"I feel like from day one we have progressed immensely," junior Kiehl Frazier said after completing 10-16 passes for 125 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions on Saturday before an A-Day record crowd of 83,401 at Jordan-Hare Stadium.

"I feel like I did pretty well," said Frazier, who is relearning the offense he played in as a freshman in 2011 when new head coach Gus Malzahn was Auburn's offensive coordinator.

"There were a lot of decisions that were kind of questionable that we will see on tape I need to correct, but the offense, as a whole, I thought we did better than we did last week, and we are going to continue progressing," he predicted.

Running the offense at a fast tempo has been a goal for the Tigers this spring. The plan was to play as fast as possible in the first half and then slow the attack in the second half in which a lot of backups were on the field.

"We were pretty fast two or three times there in the first half," Frazier noted. "Coach (Rhett) Lashlee and Coach Malzahn, they always want it faster, but I thought we went pretty fast."

Jonathan Wallace completed 18-26 passes for 191 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. "I thought I did alright," he said. "I felt like you could tell we got a little more acclimated as it went on.

"I threw probably one or two balls that I shouldn't have thrown," he said, noting that he plans to continue to work on making better decisions.

Overall, the sophomore quarterback said he thought it was a productive day. "Guys really made a lot of plays on both sides of the ball. I am really proud of our offensive line for keeping that pace high because without those guys we can't get anything done."

Wallace noted it was fun to play a spring game in front of such a large crowd. "It was amazing," he said. "We didn't expect that many people to be out there, especially after the season we had last year. For them to show that much support, it was amazing.

"We were all definitely excited," he added. "Any time people come to watch you, it is fun. For the stadium to be pretty much full was a big deal."

Kiehl Frazier is shown in action as a sophomore.

The next time fans visit Jordan-Hare Stadium will be for the August 31st season opener. Gus Malzahn wasn't giving any clues on Saturday on who the starting quarterback will for that game. In fact, he said the competition could continue deep into August and include the trio of newcomers--junior transfer Nick Marshall and high school seniors Jeremy Johnson and Jason Smith, who are all scheduled to enroll for classes at Auburn this summer.

Frazier said he and Wallace are working hard to try to establish themselves as the No. 1 guy. "Me and John are both pushing," said Frazier, who began the 2012 season as the starter while Wallace finished the year No. 1 on the depth chart.

"There are a few guys coming in," Frazier pointed out. "That is what it is all about. We are all competitors, we all want to be the starter and we will see in the fall."

Frazier noted the competition between the two quarterbacks has been healthy. "We are good friends off the field, and it's competitive on the field," he said. "I'm rooting for him to do well, but at the same time everybody wants to be the starter. But, that's not really something we focus on, we're just focusing on getting better this spring."


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