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Kiehl Frazier to Transfer from Auburn

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Brian LeighFeatured Columnist IVNovember 11, 2016

Speaking at his year-end press conference Friday afternoon, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn announced that former starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier will transfer from the school, according to Joel Erickson of AL.com:

 

Update: Jan. 14 – 9:00 a.m. ET

According to John Taylor of College Football Talk, Frazier has enrolled in Division II Ouachita Baptist, a small school in Arkadelphia, Ark.

Frazier's brother is an offensive lineman at the university. He'll be given a chance to compete for the starting quarterback job, though Frazier is also willing to play another position if need be.

--END OF UPDATE--

 

Frazier bounced all around the lineup during his time on the Plains. Recruited as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the Class of 2011, he began his career under center and started five games as a sophomore during the disastrous 3-9 season in 2012.

He began this year's fall camp as part of a four-way quarterback battle, but when it became clear that Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson were the two lead dogs, he selflessly made the transition to safety, which he played in high school.

"I'll be able to help the team at safety—that will be my focus 100 percent," Frazier said at the time, according to Erickson. "This will be best for me and the team for me to move to safety."

But that didn't last long. Frazier was soon moved to receiver during the early portion of 2013, helping the team in whichever fashion the coaches asked. He didn't catch any passes this season, but he did finish the year with 10 carries for 34 yards.

Sept 8, 2012; Starkville, MS, USA;   Auburn Tigers quarterback Kiehl Frazier (10) prepares to take a snap during the game against the Mississippi State Bulldogs at Davis Wade Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Spruce DerdenUSA TODAY Sports
Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

With Marshall set to return next season and Johnson in line to replace him, there is no future at quarterback for Frazier. He's a talented, hardworking kid who never complained about his crummy situation, so a fresh start is probably best for everyone. According to Brandon Marcello of AL.com, he plans to give quarterbacking another shot.

Though he woefully failed to meet expectations at Auburn, Frazier refrained from becoming a distraction during what turned out to be a magical season.

That deserves to be applauded.

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