Frazier Checking Out, But Minimal Attrition

Gus Malzahn said he expects most of the underclassmen back for the 2014 season.

Auburn, Ala.--Kiehl Frazier, who fell by the wayside at quarterback during the 2013 season, is planning to transfer out of the Auburn football program to relaunch his college career as a QB.

Gus Malzahn had praise for Frazier on Friday as the head coach noted that he is expecting very little attrition from his team, which finished the 2013 season with a 12-2 record and a No. 2 national ranking.

"Kiehl Frazier is moving on," the coach said. "We appreciate everything that he's done. He's been a class individual. He's a winner. We're going to root for him in the future."

Frazier was involved in a preseason battle for the starting quarterback that was won by junior college transfer Nick Marshall in August. Frazier moved to safety in the preseason, then to wide receiver and saw very limited action as a wildcat QB.

The experiment with Frazier at safety didn't work out.

He played in 10 games as a junior and rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries with most of his playing time coming vs. Florida Atlantic.

Frazier played in 13 games as true freshman in 2011. He rushed 76 times for 327 yards and three touchdowns while hitting 5-12 passes for 34 yards with two interceptions and no touchdowns.

In 2012 he started five games and played in four others as he shared playing time with Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace, who finished the season as the No. 1 quarterback.

Frazier hit 62-116 passes for 753 yards with two touchdowns and eight interceptions that season while running the ball 42 times for a total of minus 35 yards.

Malzahn didn't say where Frazier is going to transfer to for the 2014 season. The QB has not redshirted so he could go to another Division I program and redshirt and then play in 2015 or transfer down to the Division I-AA or Division II?level and be eligible this fall.

"I'm extremely close to him," Malzahn said "He has always been nothing but a winner with his attitude. We have talked through the year. He just felt like at this time that he wanted to go somewhere and play quarterback. We wish him nothing but the best. He'll do well."

A player who did not make the trip to California with the team, defensive end Justin Delaine, may or may not be back with the Tigers in 2014. "We're working through that," Malzahn said.

Earlier this week starting offensive left tackle Greg Robinson and SEC Offensive Player of the Year, running back Tre Mason, declared for the NFL Draft.

Asked if he expects any other of his underclassmen to declare for the draft, Malzahn said, "I don't think so. I think everything is pretty much done with that and I think we're pretty much intact moving forward."

One player who has rejoined the team is tight end/H-back Ricky Parks, who was dismissed from the squad last summer for violation of team rules.

Parks, who took juco classes in the fall, lobbied for a return to the team and Malzahn is giving him a second chance. "He's walking on and we're going to give him an opportunity to prove himself," the head coach said.

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