March 19, 2013

Spring competing: QB

AUBURN | Finding reasons for the Tigers' abrupt fall from grace last season isn't a difficult endeavor.

At times, nothing seemed to operate efficiently.

Yet the most obvious shortcoming of Gene Chizik's final Auburn team was a lack of excellence -- or even competence, at times -- at quarterback. Kiehl Frazier won the job out of fall practice, but a five-turnover game against Mississippi State killed his confidence. Relief efforts from Clint Moseley and Jonathan Wallace also were sub-par in general.

Now new offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee enters spring practice with only Frazier and Wallace in his huddle. Moseley left the team in January.

"I really want to give them a fresh start," said Lashlee, in his first season back at Auburn since working as a graduate assistant in 2009 and 2010. " I don't really care what happened. It doesn't matter. In their minds, there may be some things that matter psychologically and all that. Hey, I've got 15 days to coach them on the field. We've got 15 days to get them better, to learn the system, to get them executing at our level. I look at it as a fresh, new start and maybe we can find out our ceiling."

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