Johnson, Marshall named QB front-runners; Frazier to safety - WRBL

Johnson, Marshall named QB front-runners; Frazier to safety

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Former starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier has changed positions to safety. Former starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier has changed positions to safety.
AUBURN, Ala. -

Two leaders have finally emerged in the race for Auburn starting quarterback.

Head coach Gus Malzahn announced Monday the "two newcomers"—meaning junior college transfer Nick Marshall and true freshman Jeremy Johnson—will get the "majority" of reps with the first team offense this week.

The head coach made it a point to say that sophomore and former Phenix City-Central Red Devil Jonathan Wallace was not completely out of the running, but he had just been impressed by Marshall and Johnson.

The future is less certain for last year's starter, sophomore Kiehl Frazier.

It appears Frazier has taken his last snap as a quarterback for the Tigers. After meeting with Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee on Sunday, Frazier approached the coaches about changing positions to safety.

"It was something I've really been thinking about for awhile," Frazier said. "Whenever Coach Malzahn met with all the quarterbacks, we kind of came to a mutual decision that it'd be best for me and best for the team for me to move to safety, and that's something I'm really going to embrace and going to try to have fun with and try to help the team at."

Frazier played some safety in high school at Shiloh Christian (Ark.), even coming up with a key interception in the state championship game in 2010. He also said some colleges recruited him as a safety.

Malzahn said the decision was Kiehl's.

"I go way back with Kiehl," said Malzahn, who recruited him to Auburn in the first place. "I have a lot of respect for him. He wants to do whatever is best for our team, and we need help back there.

"He'll be a good one."

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