Auburn Football: Why You Shouldn't Panic over the Absence of a Starting QB...Yet

Barrett Sallee@BarrettSalleeSEC Football Lead WriterAugust 13, 2012

Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier
Auburn QB Kiehl FrazierStreeter Lecka/Getty Images

Kiehl Frazier did all he can to win the Auburn starting quarterback job this spring. 

The rising sophomore took to Scot Loeffler's new offense like glue, capping off his stellar spring with a 7-of-9 performance in Auburn's A-Day, which also included 21 rushing yards (and would have had more had the game not been two-hand touch).

It would only be a matter of time during fall camp before the former USA Today high school All-USA offensive player of the year would be named Auburn's starting quarterback, right?

Well, not so much.

Frazier received praise from his teammates following Auburn's second scrimmage of fall camp—which was closed to the media—but head coach Gene Chizik stopped short on naming Frazier his starting quarterback for the Tigers' showdown in the Georgia Dome vs. Clemson on Sept. 1.

"He could tell us in the locker room before the game," Frazier told AL.com.

Clint Moseley, Frazier's primary competitor for the starting gig, has been nursing a sore shoulder during camp.

With only three weeks to go before toe meets leather, should Tiger fans be worrying about the quarterback job?

Not yet.

Chizik keeps things close to the vest; and while it's still Frazier's job to lose, giving Moseley—who started six games for the Tigers last season—a chance to win it when he's healthy is smart.

But the season is creeping up in a hurry, and those first-team reps at quarterback that the eventual winner missed during the battle can't be made up once he's named the starter. 

If Chizik and Co. don't name a starting quarterback by the end of this week or the weekend, at the very latest, then...maybe...it's time to panic.


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