Auburn Football: Why Kiehl Frazier Is Right Choice at QB

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 12, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Kiehl Frazier #10 of the Auburn Tigers against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2011 Chick Fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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It was clear that after Barrett Trotter's departure, there would be a heated battle for the starting quarterback spot this spring in Auburn.

But it's becoming more and more likely that sophomore Kiehl Frazier will start the season under center for the Tigers, and he should.

The other man competing for the job, junior Clint Moseley, had his fair share of ups and downs last season. He completed 61 percent of his throws for 800 yards and five touchdowns to three interceptions, but he performed poorly against the ranked opponents he faced: LSU, Georgia and Alabama. Now, as Moseley's sore rotator cuff heals, Frazier is quickly making the most of his opportunity.

Frazier threw just 12 passes last season with five completions and two interceptions. But it's his progress since his freshman season that should make him the favorite for the job.

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Clint Moseley #15 and Kiehl Frazier #10 of the Auburn Tigers against the Virginia Cavaliers during the 2011 Chick Fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Auburn head coach Gene Chizik has stated that a decision on the quarterback gig isn't imminent, but it's clear that Frazier is making strides while Moseley tries to make the best of his situation.

Chizik told Charles Goldberg of the Auburn Bureau:

"The reality of it is you either take reps and you improve, or you watch and you're not getting the same opportunity to improve. I think it's a big factor."

Frazier has said he feels much more confident this spring than last season and he's steadily learning the game.

Chizik agreed, via the Auburn Bureau:

"I think he's feeling like he's getting a better grasp of the offense. I think he's, at times, productive. He's certainly got a long way to go in terms of the whole big picture, but I think he's making strides daily." 

Frazier is undoubtedly a work-in-progress, but he has a head start on Moseley this year and it's going to be hard for Moseley to get back into rhythm by the fall. Moseley still has a shot at winning the job, but Frazier should start the season, especially given the improvements he has made.

And let's not forget, Frazier was the No. 2 quarterback in the 2011 class and No. 47 overall, according to ESPNU. It's not like he's some no-name out there. His abilities have been well-documented. We knew he needed help on his mechanics out of high school, but his measurables are impressive and he has the ability to make all the necessary throws.

Frazier is developing in line with his hype out of high school, and he could surprise this season at Auburn.

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