Kiehl Frazier adapting well at safety

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Auburn’s Kiehl Frazier is adapting well since moving from quarterback to safety. (Todd J. Van Emst/Auburn University)

AUBURN — The move to safety is going well for former Auburn quarterback Kiehl Frazier. Just over a week at his new position, the former top quarterback prospect has put himself in a position to contribute far earlier than expected.

“I think every day he feels more comfortable,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said. “It’s like anything else, the more that you do, the better you get at it. He’s a competitor, he’s a smart football player, he understands offensive concepts, and there’s a good chance he’ll be out on the field.”

Frazier’s position change ended up coming at a fortunate time for Auburn as the dismissal of safety Demetruce McNeal created an even bigger void at an already thin position for the Tigers. Sophomore Josh Holsey will remain as the starting boundary safety, and Malzahn only mentioned Frazier, who started the first five games of last season at quarterback, as the backup.

“Mentally he’s one of the quickest guys we got, he’s picked up the scheme, talking, making some checks those young JUCO guys and freshmen guys weren’t making for two weeks,” defensive coordinator Ellis Johnson said. “He’s going to be OK in time. Fundamentals and technique and pulling the trigger, seeing and reacting to things right now, he’s sort of in slow motion, but it’s coming along for him. Once he gets comfortable back there, I think he’ll play quite a bit for us.”