Position Previews: Quarterbacks
It’s that time of year folks! This time around I’ll be writing some short position previews – detailing what’s currently there, and what we could expect out of them as the season progresses.
This position has been iffy since Cam left for the NFL. Fans have been desperate for someone new to lock down the position, and last year we saw both Trotter and Mosely get opportunities to do so, sadly neither could step up and grab it.
Fast forward to 2012 – a young, clearly talented, but raw Kiel Frazier, a more mature Mosely, a somewhat troublesome freshman Zeke Pike – all have the opportunity to step up and grab the ball by the laces come fall. There is still no word on Pike’s status after he was sent home because of his recent behaviour, so his Auburn career is up in the air, for now. Trotter departed after encoring in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl – a performance impressive enough to have made this years quarterback race even more interesting, had he stayed.
Frazier left the Spring as the clear leader in the Quarterback race, and I don’t expect him to lose that spot when September 1st rolls around. Mosely spent most of the Spring injured, so it is in Loeffler’s best interest to wait it out and see what he can do when healthy in the fall. But I feel like Frazier has made huge steps forward since last season, and the coaches will try to build on that as time wears on.
He was clearly recruited to lead Malzahn’s system, but now that he’s gone, Frazier will have to step up and become a consistent and accurate passer. Something which is not out of reach.
What to expect
I’ve said before that I think Frazier will be the starter from day one, and I don’t expect Loeffler to rush him into anything too complicated in his first season. Loeffler’s offence will be a little more time-consuming, so he’ll make Kiehl comfortable from the get-go by giving him some easy passes, and then build on it.
Frazier has a strong arm – as evidenced by Emory Blake’s quotes – so I hope we get to see him throw some deep balls as the season goes on. The team still needs a second option at wide receiver preferably a deep threat, but I’ll get into that another time.
Kiehl could be our first multi-year starter since Brandon Cox, and I hope he doesn’t burn out too quickly like Cox did. Auburn needs a non-mercenary quarterback under Chizik if they are going to compete for more championships, and time will tell whether Kiehl can be that guy.