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Sallee: Time For The Frazier Era At Auburn
Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier
Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier
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Posted Oct 10, 2011


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By Barrett Sallee
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Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn received a raise this offseason that pays him $1.3 million annually. For that kind of cash, you’d think that he’d come up with a better game plan than the one that Auburn employed Saturday vs. Arkansas.

He didn’t though.

The Tigers travelled to Fayetteville without wide receivers Emory Blake and Trovon Reed - two of their top wide receivers. That, coupled with the fact that Auburn was able to control the tempo of the game last week in a road win at South Carolina, indicated that Auburn was going to play ground and pound football vs. the Hogs.

With that game plan apparent from the opening kickoff, Auburn still played musical quarterbacks with Barrett Trotter, who is more of a passer, and true freshman Kiehl Frazier, who is more of a duel-threat. Prior to running the two-minute offense late in the first half, Frazier and Trotter combined to throw nine passes. Seven of those were by Trotter, and the majority of those were screens or other safe passes.

If running the ball and protecting the quarterback by calling easy passes is the game plan going in, why not use Frazier more from the jump? That doesn’t mean you have to have a quarterback controversy or that Trotter has to remain benched permanently. All that means is that you’re doing what’s best for the team to win one game, and Auburn’s offensive staff didn’t do that on Saturday night.

I get that the coaches feel that Frazier isn’t ready, but he doesn’t have to have a firm grasp of the playbook to be able to run what Auburn called in the first half. Sure, critics will point to Frazier’s two interceptions in the second half as proof that he can’t handle it; but at that point, it didn’t matter.

Auburn lost to Arkansas due to its first half play calling, and the absence of Kiehl Frazier as the primary quarterback.

Trovon Reed is likely out for much longer, and Blake’s status for next week’s matchup against Florida is certainly in doubt. If those two wide receivers are again out, Kiehl Frazier needs to be Auburn’s No. 1 quarterback - even if it’s only temporary.

- Mitchell: Georgia. All Schedule, No Substance
- Harrison: The Sleeping Big Ten In Realignment 
- Sallee: Time For The Frazier Era At Auburn
- Johnson: Is Stanford Out Of The Title Hunt?
- Zemek: The Brad Wing LSU Celebration Nonsense
- Cirminiello: The Rebounding Old Coaches