Auburn Football: Why the Tigers Must Stay with Kiehl Frazier

Jeremy FuchsCorrespondent IIISeptember 15, 2012

STARKVILLE, MS - SEPTEMBER 08:  Quarterback Kiehl Frazier #10 of the Auburn Tigers looks for a receiver in the first quarter of a NCAA college football game against Mississippi State Bulldogs on September 8, 2012 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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My, how quickly things change. In 2010, it was the Auburn Tigers on top of the college football world raising the national championship trophy. 

Now, in 2012, the Auburn Tigers are 0-2 and are facing a hot UL-Monroe team who just upset Arkansas.

What happened? For one, they've lost 40 percent of their roster since that 2010 title. No matter how well you recruit, that's tough to replace.

But perhaps the biggest reason is the stark decline in quarterback play. After enjoying historic QB play from Cam Newton, that position has been a mixed bag since Newton left for the NFL.

The current starter, Kiehl Frazier, is having a rough go of it. So far, Frazier is 24-of-49 with one touchdown and four interceptions. He was pretty awful last week against Mississippi State, going 13-of-22 for 125 yards and three interceptions.

So, should the Tigers bench Frazier and start over?

The answer is no.

Why? It's simple. 

Cam Newton is not walking through that door. Heck, Jason Campbell is not walking through that door.

Frazier, though, is a better option than Clint Moseley, the backup. He is clearly more talented. He just needs to work through these struggles. Coach Gene Chizik agrees (via the Opelika-Auburn News):

Part of a young quarterback's journey, he's got to play through tough times, Chizik said. That's part of a young guy's journey. That doesn't mean down the road … If we think that that's something that we need to consider, we will. (Saturday), he had to get through a tough time.

He's our quarterback.

Of course, Chizik does not rule out the possibility of a quarterback change. But he does reiterate that these struggles are part of the trajectory young quarterbacks must take.

Frazier's young, and it's only been two games. He showed his skill and potential in the spring.

Nonetheless, a change won't accomplish anything. The Tigers are not going to put in true freshman Jonathan Wallace. And Mosely is still recovering from a shoulder injury. 

The Tigers won't make a rash decision. Frazier is the best option, and they would be wise to let him work through these struggles. It will make him a better quarterback in the long term.