Finding a new quarterback in the SEC is never an easy task. Moreover, when that team is the Auburn University and you are replacing a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback, who was also the No.1 overall pick in the NFL draft, that task can seem daunting.
Coming into the spring, there seems to be two favorites to win this positional battle—Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley. But neither separated themselves and neither were generally impressive during the spring. As a result, this has opened the door for highly touted, incoming freshman Kiehl Frazier to compete for the job as well.
Auburn is in a unique situation. They have two quarterbacks, in Trotter and Mosley, who have the potential to be adequate quarterbacks but they are unlikely to ever be great. Neither one of the players were highly regarded coming out of high school and haven't showed anything that would make you believe they will be any better than their original rankings.
Frazier, on the other hand, is one of the prize recruits of the 2011 signing class. He can make any throw you ask of him and has elite athleticism as well. He also has tremendous leadership skills. Watch the video on this page as his Shiloh Christian team was down 35-0 to undefeated Nashville team. Frazier takes over the game on way to his third straight state championship and his third straight championship game MVP.
Few question if he is the quarterback of the future. The question is not if, but when will this become his team.
News broke today that former North Carolina State quarterback Russell Wilson was on the Auburn campus and was discussing a possible transfer. This would change things considerably but I will not add him into my prediction since he is not yet enrolled. I believe that the Auburn staff will start the season with Trotter. However, they will use Frazier in a Chris Leak-Tim Tebow type of playing time scenario. The difference is that this will not last the whole season.
Look for Frazier to get a great deal of playing time against Utah State and Florida Atlantic and meaningful snaps in the other games as well. Circle the date October 29th on your calendar because this will be the start of the Kiehl Frazier era. By that time, Auburn will be out of the SEC race after a brutal month of games in October. This will give Frazier four regular season starts and a bowl game to serve as preparation for the 2012 season.