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Auburn Quarterback Situation – Now Basically a Two Man Race

By on August 12th, 2013 in Football, News 16 Comments »

On Saturday after Auburn’s second scrimmage, Gus Malzahn said his goal was, “To narrow things down at all positions but specifically the quarterback position. Hopefully, after we watch film, we’ll have a chance to do that somewhat.”

Tonight, the announcement came when Malzahn told the press that Kiehl Frazier, the starter at the beginning of the 2012 football season had asked to be moved to Safety.  Malzahn said he was proud of Kiehl for his selfless act and called the junior ‘”a winner and a class act.”

While Malzahn said in tonight’s press conference that Sophomore Jonathan Wallace was still in the race, he indicated that the majority of the reps in practice this week will be shared by Jeremy Johnson and Nick Marshall. So basically it’s now a two man race.

Gus said that he and Offensive Coordinator Rhett Lashlee felt like the two had done enough in last week’s two scrimmages to deserve a chance to win the starting role.

With just 19 days till kick off, look for Malzahn to name his starter by the end of this week.

Video of Kiehl Frazier talking about his move to safety. Kiehl says he and the team will be behind who ever wins the starting QB position.



  1. restless6 says:

    Good news. The Fan Day pics of the QBs in pairs was a tell. Marshall starts, Johnson plays too.

    Frazier is a class act. Wallace is too. I’m excited!

  2. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    Wow. I like this news. I knew that with the number of QB’s we have… we couldn’t go through another season opener with someone who is lost in the position where the program promises something that never is delivered. Last season… we all thought Frazier would blossom. Instead, the exact opposite happened.

    I think Frazier has handled this with class. I hope he can produce at the safety position – Lord knows we need the help on the defensive side of the ball.

    This leaves four QB’s that I am aware of: Jonathan Wallace, Jeremy Johnson, Nick Marshall and Tucker Tuberville.


  3. War Eagle Girl War Eagle Girl says:

    Auburn Man. I thought in his video he looked relieved. He talked very confidently and was actually smiling. I have great faith that he will accomplish great things with his life. Gus instilled that in him. Great to have Kodi on staff,too!!

  4. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    I’m not so sure Jonathan Wallace is completely out of the race. I’m just putting the following out there as a consideration, not as a sure thing.

    Coach Malzahn seems to play many things close to the chest. He doesn’t give away anything until he means to. Could it not be that the competition is between #2 and #3 on the depth chart? I wouldn’t put it past him if he was suitably impressed enough in Marshall and Johnson to allow one to secure the starting position, but it also may be that he’s already decided who the #1 is, and this is the battle for the runner up.

    Leadership is more than just self confidence, it is how confident others are in your ability and steadiness. Wallace may not have won many games, but I never heard a single interview last year that failed to praise his poise and the confidence his teammates had in him. That alone is worth a fair shot at the position.

    Kudos to Keihl Frasier. It takes a big man to lay aside ego for the betterment of the team, even if it represents sacrificing a cherished personal goal. Kodi Burn’s cleats are big ones to fill, but they might prove to be a little snug when all is said and done.

    • Todd92 Todd92 says:

      You don’t give the majority of the reps to the 2nd and 3rd string guys this close to the first game… Wallace is all but out of the race for starter. If Marshall wins the race Johnson probably redshirts unless Marshall goes down or flops in which case Johnson’s redshirt gets burned.

    • Pine Mt Tiger Pine Mt Tiger says:

      I agree on Wallace being a leader but I think a more likely surprise for most fans would be if Johnson gets the pick over a more experienced Marshall.

      • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

        I think you are on the money. Wallace appears to be a cool customer but Marshall’s and Johnson’s skill sets far exceed what Wallace brings to the table.

  5. restless6 says:

    Ellis Johnson gave a clue a few weeks ago when he basically said JC transfers aren’t recruited to ride the bench.

    Marshall is the man.

  6. Todd92 Todd92 says:

    What a class act. War Eagle Khiel Frazier!

  7. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    Well, I’m happy for Khiel. I had high hopes for Wallace. I don’t know if any of us should be jumping up and down that a true frosh is being considered for the starting position. Yikes and a half, in other words, ZOINKS!

  8. DBAU81 says:

    Major kudos to Kiehl Frazier and the classy way he has handled this. Let’s hope that he takes out some of his frustration on opposing wide receivers whenever he gets on the field in his new position. Even more important than the position change, however, is his decision to stay at AU when it might have been tempting to look elsewhere. I have to think that Kodi Burns had a hand in guiding this decision.

    As for the QB position, while I understand TOTM’s concern about possibly playing a true freshman, at least the fact that Marshall and Johnson are the finalists for the job shows that the coaches believe we now have two QB’s on campus who are clearly better than those we had last year. That has to be considered good news.

    • Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

      In my opinion, a true freshman, guided by Malzahn and Lashlee, will be light years better than what we have experienced since Cam left, and before that going all the way back to Jason Campbell.

  9. restless6 says:

    Marshall’s former coach in Kansas said that he’s as good as they come, maybe as good as Manziel. He can throw the ball 80 yards and has a 4.4 40.

  10. sparkey sparkey says:

    Marshall is going to be the starter and JJ will play. They are not going to redshirt him.

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