It's a given that quarterback Kiehl Frazier is a player that will have a big role for the Auburn Tigers over the next four seasons.
The freshman quarterback was a highly-touted recruit out of high school and played in a similar system as the one run by Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn. His eye-popping athleticism and ability as both a passer and runner seems like a natural fit for the Auburn offense. There’s little doubt that Frazier possesses the most upside of any of the current Tigers quarterbacks.
Frazier was expected to challenge for the starting quarterback spot in training camp, but lost out to junior Barrett Trotter. Although many expected him to redshirt in 2011, he saw action in the very first game of the season and saw his role expand against Clemson as a wildcat quarterback with his first rushing attempt.
Now that it is settled that Frazier will be playing this season, the question is what will be his role as the season continues?
The answer is unknown at this point, but it seems that Frazier’s role will continue to grow as the season progresses. Barrett Trotter has done a good job as the starter, but it seems that he has his limitations and will never be a star on par with former Tigers like Cameron Newton or Jason Campbell.
Frazier does have that type of potential, although he hasn’t really had much of a chance to show it yet as he adjusts to the college game. But, since he’s already burned a year of eligibility, it has to be expected that the coaching staff will want his role to increase this season. It wouldn’t be a shock to see him get more and more time under center as the season goes on, especially if Auburn struggles.
This Saturday’s game against Florida Atlantic would be an ideal spot for Frazier to get a bigger opportunity for playing time. Auburn, despite their issues, should be able to easily handle an Owls team that has been outscored 85-3 this season. Taking on a struggling team at home would be a good chance for Frazier to show what he can do on the college level.
Whatever happens this season, it seems likely that the Auburn offense will eventually be Kiehl Frazier’s to run. How soon that begins to happen will be one of the most interesting subplots to follow over the rest of the 2011 season.