Auburn Football: 5 Things to Know About New Starter Kiehl Frazier
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According to USA Today, Kiehl Frazier will be the starting quarterback for the Auburn Tigers when they open their season against Clemson in just eight days. As a freshman, Frazier was used mainly in a wildcat role, so fans are not sure what to expect from the Arkansas native.
In order to be prepared for Frazier at the helm of the Tiger offense, here are some things to help you get to know the 6'3" quarterback.
He Can Run, But He Can Also Throw
Auburn fans have seen relatively little of Frazier throughout his time with the Tigers, but they know he can run. Last season, Frazier ran the ball 76 times for a total of 327 yards and three touchdowns. He is fast, big and has good moves.
However, he's not just a running quarterback. His highlight reel from his days at Shiloh Christian School shows him airing out 55-yard bombs right into the hands of his receivers. He has a cannon, and he isn't afraid to use it.
He Was An Absolute Star in High School
In 2010, USA Today named Frazier the Offensive Player of the Year. He passed for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns while completing 63 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 24 touchdowns on 1,164 yards.
As if those numbers aren't already amazing, he also excelled as a safety for his team. Frazier is a superstar and he has experience playing in the spotlight. Auburn did a great job recruiting the 4-star athlete and will reap the benefits this season.
He's Incredibly Athletic
Playing quarterback and safety simultaneously is a clear demonstration of athleticism. Already being 6'3" and 225 lbs, Frazier adds to his impressive physical attributes with his speed and strength. In the 40, he ran an impressive 4.57 and has shown the capacity to bowl over defenders.
Kiehl is a prototypical quarterback who should use his athleticism to lead the Auburn offense both through the air and on the ground.
He Will Have Help
As any coach will tell you, a quarterback is completely powerless without help. Luckily for Coach Gene Chizik, he will be able to give his quarterback some aid this season.
Despite losing Michael Dyer, the running game is still solid with the return of the experienced Onterio McCalebb. The receiving corps also gets some experience back with top receiver Emory Blake and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen.
Perhaps most importantly for the potential success of Frazier, the offensive line looks to have a good year. They will be led by veterans Chad Slane, John Sullen and Reese Dismukes.
Frazier may be very talented, but he has played very little at the college level and will need the help of his teammates to make Auburn fans finally forget Cam Newton.
How to Pronounce his name
The absolute most embarrassing thing that can happen when watching a football game with your pals is to mispronounce the name of a player and get corrected. Don't worry, Bleacher Report has got you covered. Despite the difficult spelling, Frazier actually has a very simple name to pronounce. Kiehl is said the same as "Kyle." You now have a golden ticket to humiliating your friends.
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