April 6, 2013
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN -- Quarterback Kiehl Frazier is crossing the midway point of Auburn's spring practice feeling pretty good about the offense following a Saturday scrimmage in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"I think the whole team played better. We played faster. We got a long way to go, but we played a lot better today," Frazier said.
The Tigers were in full scrimmage mode after starting the day with punting drills. That gave Frazier and Jonathan Wallace a chance to lead the offense, minus running back Tre Mason who suffered a minor injury earlier in the week. That gave Corey Grant and Cameron Artis-Payne more carries. Frazier said the offense marched on.
"I think we definitely progressed from scrimmage one," Frazier said.
It was the seventh practice of the spring on the way to the A-Day Game on April 20.
(Here's Gus Malzahn's take on the scrimmage.)
Frazier talked of pace, which is always a smart move, considering head coach Gus Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee demand it.
"Of course the coaches said it's not where they want it to be, where it needs to be, but it's definitely a lot faster pace than the last scrimmage was," Frazier said.
Frazier knows what Malzahn wants. He played for him two years ago when Malzahn was the offensive coordinator.
"It hasn't been tough, it's been learning, getting in the playbook and knowing where we need to go on each play," Frazier said.
"It's a lot different knowing the confidence level that I have and knowing that I can go out there and play. The guys around me, they believe in me. They believe every time they run a route, they believe I'm going to get the ball to them."
The Tigers' offense got lost trying in a pro-style attack last year. Now, it's back to a faster tempo.
"You can tell everybody's kind of excited to be back in it. Everybody loves going fast pace," Frazier said.
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