AUBURN, Ala. Kiehl Frazier has one season remaining in his college career.
Gus Malzahn announced Friday that Frazier had made the decision to transfer out of the Tigers program. According to Josh Floyd, Frazier's coach during his days at Shiloh Christian School, the junior will "most likely" head to Ouachita Baptist, a Division II school in Arkadelphia, Ark. Frazier's brother, Jed Beach, plays on the offensive line at OBU.
Even though he's no longer at Auburn, Malzahn said Fraziers efforts the past three years havent gone unnoticed.
We appreciate everything that hes done, Malzahn said. Hes been a class individual. Hes a winner. Were going to root for him in the future.
Frazier began his career at Auburn as a quarterback. Considered one of the top five signal-callers in the Class of 2011 by every major recruiting service, Frazier authored an illustrious career at Shiloh Christian School in Springdale, Ark. He led the Saints to the Class 4A state championship each of his last three years capturing MVP honors in each and was named the USA Todays National Offensive Player of the Year after passing for 2,975 yards and 42 touchdowns and adding another 1,164 yards and 22 scores on the ground.
Upon joining the Tigers in the fall of 2011, he saw action immediately, playing in all 13 games of the season in a backup role to Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley.
Entering the 2012 campaign, Frazier was Auburns starter. It didnt go well, as both Frazier (and the team) struggled, with the Tigers getting out to a 1-4 start. He was then replaced by Moseley in Game No. 6 and didnt start another game, with Auburn bottoming out to finish 3-9.
Last spring, he battled Jonathan Wallace in a bid to once again establish himself as the teams starting signal-caller. Neither Frazier nor Wallace was able to able to create any separation, however, as the team headed into fall camp.
In mid-August and two weeks into a four-way competition with Wallace, Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson for the starting job Frazier decided to move to safety.
From there, Frazier continued to serve the Tigers in a variety of roles, from serving as a wildcat quarterback to running routes with the receiving corps.
In his final season with the Tigers, Fraziers name made few appearances in the stat sheet. He didnt record a tackle or interception at safety. He didnt make a reception as a receiver, either.
His only contribution came during his limited time at quarterback, where he tallied 34 rushing yards on 10 carries. He never attempted a pass.
Still, the once highly-touted recruit wants to prove he can play quarterback at the collegiate level.
Malzahn said hes been in close contact with both Frazier and Floyd one of his former players throughout the decision-making process.
Were all communicating, he said.
Wherever he eventually ends up, Frazier has Malzahns support.
Im extremely close to him. Hes always been nothing but a winner with his attitude, Malzahn said. Weve talked through the year. He just felt like at this time that he wanted to go somewhere and play quarterback. We wish him nothing but the best. Hell do well.