ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Kiehl Frazier #10 of the Auburn Tigers rushes upfield against Nick Jenkins #96 and Henry Coley #44 of 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)
Auburn's quarterback competition is a three-man race, but is Kiehl Frazier standing out?
The Auburn Tigers continue their quest to replace Cam Newton as new offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler takes over for Gus Malzahn. Returning passers Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier are being challenged by Zeke Pike, a three-star freshman from Kentucky.
With Barrett Trotter moving along, the competition at least clears up somewhat, but a Mosely shoulder injury meant a head-to-head between Frazier and Pike at Auburn's Saturday scrimmage. From the sounds of it, Frazier thinks he's picking things up:
"I feel a lot more comfortable just knowing this offense," Frazier said. "I think I know this offense, even though we've only been it just two weeks, probably better than I knew Coach Malzahn's, even at the end. I feel a lot more comfortable."
That's an interesting note, as Frazier is a nimble, 6'3" dual threat not unlike a poor man's Newton, who thrived in Malzahn's system. Perhaps it was too easy for many of us to pigeonhole Frazier, who did generate about 10 times as many yards on the ground last year as he did through the air.