Auburn Football: Kiehl Frazier's Inability to Win Tiger QB Job Is Concerning

Barrett SalleeFeatured Columnist IVMarch 27, 2017

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Kiehl Frazier #10 of the Auburn Tigers against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2011 Chick Fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Last Monday, I wrote this column saying that it's not yet time to panic about the lack of a true leader at quarterback for the Auburn Tigers in 2012.

Well, now's the time to panic.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik was openly disappointed with the play of his quarterbacks following Saturday's scrimmage. That scrimmage was one in which Frazier took the majority of the first-team snaps, and where returning starter Clint Moseley rested his ailing shoulder for the majority of the time.

"Today was a day where it wasn't a great opportunity for them. It was more situational. No one has separated himself," Chizik told

The fact that it was a situational scrimmage shouldn't distract you from the bigger picture. Considering Moseley has been banged up, Frazier should have separated himself from he and true freshman Jonathan Wallace by now.

He had a stellar spring culminating with a fantastic spring game, and was the recipient of a copious amount of praise for his work during player-run practices this summer.

Coming into fall camp, it was his job to lose. While he hasn't lost it, he also hasn't won it even though he has had every opportunity.

So is this a big deal for Auburn?

Yes, to a point.

It should be concerning because the Tigers are less than two weeks away from facing off against No. 14 Clemson in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta, and they don't have a quarterback yet.

However, since Moseley's shoulder and Wallace's inexperience suggest that Frazier is going to win the job anyway, why not just come out and name him the starter?

Perhaps it's coach speak, but it's more likely that the coaching staff isn't seeing what it thought it would see when camp started, and that should concern Auburn fans.

It's not as concerning as other quarterback battles around the conference, because while Frazier hasn't won the job, he still has been getting the majority of the first-team snaps. Nevertheless, it's clear that this isn't what Auburn's coaches had in mind, and that should concern Tiger fans.