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AU’s Malzahn Happy With QB Frazier’s Improvement This Spring

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This spring, junior Kiehl Frazier was locked in a quarterback battle with sophomore Jonathan Wallace.  Neither QB locked down the job and neither was particularly consistent during the Tigers’ A-Day Game.

Three more newcomers — two true freshman and a juco transfer — will be thrown into the signal-caller race this fall.

But Frazier has the most experience.  When he signed with Auburn he was viewed as the dual-threat weapon of the future in then-offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s system.  But in his two seasons of playing quarterback on the Plains — as a backup, a change of pace, and starter — Frazier simply hasn’t been able to throw the football with very much accuracy.  His career numbers:

 

  Comp.   Att.   Yards   Comp.%   YPA   TD   Int.
  67   128   787   52.3   6.14   2   10

 

But Malzahn — now the head coach — says he was pleased with the growth Frazier showed throughout the course of the Tigers’ spring practice:

 

“Kiehl was in this offense as a true freshman, but we weren’t able to put the whole package in with him because he wasn’t here in the spring.  He learned a new offense last year, and it was a little bit of a learning curve for him this spring in those first couple of practices.  About halfway through, it started to click, and you could see that a lot of the stuff was coming back to him.

I feel like he ended spring on a strong note, and what I mean by that was he had a good understanding of our base offense and the communication that goes along with the no-huddle aspect of it and the base reads in our passing game.”

 

Knowing the reads is obviously Step One for Frazier.  Finding the open receivers and then accurately delivering the ball are the next big steps he’ll need to master if he’s to win and keep the AU starting quarterback job in 2013.

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Hey, Maybe The SEC Can Invite These Guys…

They consistently compete for national championships.  They went into Ann Arbor and beat Michigan.  They would allow the SEC to dip a toe into the state of North Carolina.

Maybe the SEC should make Appalachian State the league’s 14th school.  An Appy State committee voted yesterday to recommend a move from the FCS to the FBS.  That’s just Step One in the process, however.

And, yes, we’re kidding about the SEC inviting the Mountaineers to enter the league.  (Though we do wish them the best in trying to move up the ladder.)

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MSU Starts Raising Funds For New Facilities

Mississippi State kicked off a fundraising drive for new athletic facilities with an online video last night.  Those facilities might include a stadium expansion project at Scott Field.

AD Scott Stricklin wrote a column to launch the school’s “Today.  Tomorrow.  Forever.” initiative.  You can find said column right here.

And you can watch the video right here, courtesy of The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.

The Bulldogs are “well ahead” of last year’s record-setting pace for season-ticket sales.  Consider that — and the new fundraising plan — to be Step One on the road to an enlarged football stadium in Starkville.

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