Kiehl Frazier was a part of the starting quarterback competition at Auburn just yesterday, but he becomes the first in a group of four competitors to take himself out and will transition to the safety position.
Greg Ostendorf of ESPN reports that Frazier asked the Tigers’ head coach if he could switch positions after he wouldn’t be receiving as many reps in practice.
Frazier asked coach Gus Malzahn if he could move to safety when he was told that junior college transfer Nick Marshall and true freshman Jeremy Johnson would get the majority of reps at quarterback going forward.
As a sophomore in 2012, Frazier started the first five games for the Tigers. He threw for 753 yards with two touchdowns and eight interceptions but lost the starting job midway through the season. He played in all 13 games as a freshman.
Reports indicated that Marshall and Johnson have been the favorites for a while to take the starting position. Malzahn shot down any rumors that the race has been officially been narrowed down in the report, indicating that Jonathan Wallace could still be the starter despite giving the other two more reps.
The Auburn Tigers went 3-9 overall last season, barely squeaking past Louisiana-Monroe and defeated New Mexico State and Alabama A&M, by far the two easiest games on the slate. They didn’t win an SEC game, a school worst in 60 years.