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Frazier impresses coaches, teammates with move

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AUBURN, Ala. -

Kiehl Frazier was already a guy highly respected by his teammates and coaches.

His decision to voluntarily move from quarterback to safety only enhanced that.

"I'm very proud of Kiehl Frazier," said head coach Gus Malzahn. "I just want to say this, that he is a winner, he's a class act, he's a team-first guy."

Frazier said he first began thinking of the move in July, but a strong beginning of camp at quarterback convinced him to stick with it. However, after a performance he wasn't happy with last week, he suggested the move to Malzahn and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee.

"I'll say this about Kiehl Frazier," Lashlee said. "I mean, you talk about a young man who loves Auburn. I don't know if I've ever been more proud of a young person I've coached than I am of Kiehl right now."

When Frazier first suggested the move, as Lashlee and Malzahn met with him, Jeremy Johnson, Nick Marshall and Jonathan Wallace on the status of the quarterbacks, Malzahn initially told him to wait for a bit, and they'd revisit it.

They did, and the move took place.

"At the end of the day, he just came to us and said, ‘Hey, I want to help this team win,'" Lashlee said. "He said it was important to him that Auburn gets back to [it was] when he came here. I thought that was a pretty selfless act."

Malzahn said Frazier could play a role at some point on offense, and Lashlee went a step further, saying he could see the junior see time at receiver.

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