QB Clint Moseley in the second half against Arkansas. Photo via Todd Van Emst/Auburn Athletics
In a sign of desperation, second-string QB Clint Moseley began the second half under center in lieu of QB Kiehl Frazier, who had started the first five games of the 2012 season.
Throughout the spring, summer and the start of fall camp, Auburn coaches heaped praise on Kiehl Frazier's adaptation to the new style of offense and used the phrase "the future" to describe the sophomore.
Then the Auburn coaches pull him while he is having his best passing performance of the season. Through these eyes, it looked like more of a desperate attempt to save the offensive coordinator's job than trying to get the offense going.
In the first half, Frazier was 9-for-14 with 118 yards and one interception. When given protection, Frazier was accurate and distributing the ball to different receivers than he had in the previous four games.
Don't misunderstand, Frazier was nowhere near perfect. He was sacked four times and was slow in making decisions. The same habits he has had all year were still evident when he was watching the rush and not progressing through his reads.
He single-handedly took Auburn out of field-goal position when he took a sack late in the second half. Instead of a 39-yard field-goal attempt for the near perfect Cody Parkey, it turned into a 55-yard field goal attempt.
Maintaining a young QB's confidence is a tricky thing to do. The offense does not perform well whether the man taking snaps is named Frazier, Moseley or Wallace.
The worst thing that could have happened to Kiehl Frazier's maturation is being benched to start the second half after a strong first-half throwing the ball.