Coming out of spring practice, the vibe around the Auburn football program was that sophomore Kiehl Frazier was the guy to beat at quarterback.
It took all of preseason camp, and for a while, there wasn't much separation. But on Thursday, Auburn coach Gene Chizik announced that Frazier would be the Tigers' starter.
Frazier played some as a true freshman last season, but his role was more of a runner in the Tigers' Wildcat formation. He only threw 12 passes, but will certainly be asked to throw the ball a lot more in first-year offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler's pro-style system.
Clint Moseley's shoulder issues this preseason pretty much took him out of the equation. Moseley started the final six games last season. Freshman Jonathan Wallace has also been competing for the job.
Frazier's ability to extend the plays should help the Auburn offense. But there's no question that opposing defenses, including Clemson in the opener, will test him early and dare him to throw the football. The Tigers' downfield passing game was nonexistent last season, but it's also a part of the game they've spent considerable time on under Loeffler.