Auburn Football: Trotter Is the QB of Now, but Is Frazier the QB of Tomorrow?
That's the primary concern for Auburn's quarterback situation entering 2011.... if you ask anybody that isn't an Auburn fan.
I'll bet you that 85 percent of college football fans couldn't name any quarterback on this Auburn roster.
Of course, this isn't the first time an Auburn quarterback has gone unnoticed in the preseason. Last season, Cameron Newton went from just another QB to winning the Heisman, appearing on the Jay Leno Show and even being mentioned in a Lil Wayne song ("You know I ball, I go ham, Cam Newton").
I'll help these people out. As of right now, this is Auburn's QB roster:
Barrett Trotter (No. 14): Redshirt junior
Clint Moseley (No. 15): Redshirt sophomore
Kiehl Frazier (Number undetermined): True freshman
Considering Trotter was second on the depth chart in 2010 behind Cam Newton, it's safe to assume he will be Auburn's starting quarterback in 2011.
There could be a QB competition, sure, but even if Frazier is more talented than Trotter, throwing in a true freshman in the nation's toughest conference isn't a good idea.
Most Auburn fans simply picture the situation like this: Trotter is the QB of now and Frazier is the QB of tomorrow.
It makes perfect sense, but it begs the question... where does this put Clint Moseley?
Will Moseley never start a game at Auburn? Will he transfer if he doesn't get to play? Will the script be flipped and Moseley becomes the Tigers' top guy, leaving both Frazier and Trotter in awkward situations?
Kiehl Frazier, without a doubt, will be the team's most talented QB. He's a three-time state champion in high school in Arkansas, and his strong arm and great mobility make him the perfect fit for the Malzahn offense.
Too bad he's a freshman. A true one, at that.
He has all the ability in the Malzahn system to be Cam Newton 2.0. He can lead Auburn to crystal footballs and Heisman Trophies in the future. But as of now, he is just a freshman.
Therefore, Barrett Trotter makes perfect sense at QB for the Tigers. But if he starts, what should become of Frazier in 2011?
Should Chizik redshirt him if he doesn't start, seeing as having him second-string without a redshirt would throw away a year of eligibility for such a talented player?
Well, we don't know the answer to these questions. Only Auburn head coach Gene Chizik knows.
If his 2010 BCS National Championship is any indication, we trust whichever decisions he makes in this QB situation.
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