Oct. 27, 2013
Kiehl Frazier stretches for an extra yard Saturday night (Todd Van Emst photo)
By Charles Goldberg
AUBURN, Ala. - Kiehl Frazier is officially a defensive back and... Oh, wait. That's so five weeks ago. He's a receiver these days and... Wait, wasn't he the guy taking snaps in the second half of Auburn's 45-10 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night?
You know, just like he did when he was a quarterback?
Kiehl Frazier has turned into a super utility player for the 7-1 Auburn Tigers, showing up here and there since he dropped out of the quarterback race in August. He still has enough skills to play the position in a pinch. He did Saturday after Nick Marshall got hurt, Jeremy Johnson played and left and the Tigers went about their business of running out the clock.
"Today I got my first bruise of the whole season," he happily said after the game.
Frazier rushed six times for 26 yards, including a 13-yarder, his longest run in two years.
"My mom texted me that. She must have been keeping up," Frazier said.
Frazier will be returning to his home state when Auburn plays at Arkansas at 5 p.m. Saturday. He says his return is no longer a big deal.
"I don't think it will be like my freshman year," he said. "I feel like I'm more an Alabama guy now than an Arkansas guy. I feel like it will it be just like every other game."
Auburn hasn't revealed the severity of Marshall's shoulder injury, but Frazier's role as a fill-in quarterback may be limited. Johnson and Jonathan Wallace are next in the pecking order. The Tigers even had running back Cameron Artis-Payne take direct snaps Saturday.
"We have a lot of capable people on our team. We have a lot of good athletes," Frazier said. "They try to distribute the ball the best they can. I thought we did a good job."
Frazier was asked to switch positions in August. He tried safety first. That didn't last long. The offense recruited him back as a receiver.
Now, he can watch Marshall and Johnson share time at the position he once played.
"I think they're both great players," Frazier said. "Jeremy, he showed it. His first throw was a touchdown. They're similar. They can both run. They're both good quarterbacks."
Johnson saw his first action when he started the sixth game of the season against Western Carolina. He was in for only three plays against Texas A&M. Then was forced into service Saturday and responded with two long touchdown passes.
"Jeremy is a team guy," Frazier said. "He'll do whatever Coach Malzahn says."
Charles Goldberg is a Senior Writer at AuburnTigers.com. Follow him on Twitter: Follow @AUGoldMine