AUBURN, Ala. -- He started five games at quarterback in 2012. He worked at both safety and wide receiver last season.
Kiehl Frazier did everything his coaches asked of him and was part of one of the biggest turnarounds in college football history. Now, heading into his senior season, Frazier wants to take one more shot at playing quarterback.
Malzahn said Frazier hasn’t determined which school he’s transferring to yet. The pair have had a close relationship since Malzahn started recruiting Frazier in the ninth grade.
“I’m extremely close to him,” Malzahn said. “He’s always been nothing but a winner with his attitude. We’ve 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. He’ll do well.”
While Frazier is ready to move on, Ricky Parks has returned. Parks was dismissed from the team last summer for what was termed a violation of team rules.
“He’s walking on and we’re going to give him an opportunity to prove himself,” Malzahn said.
One of the biggest holes to fill on offense next year will be replacing Jay Prosch at the fullback/H-back position. It’s a position that Parks could provide immediate help.
“That’s going to be a big question in the spring,” Malzahn said. “We’ll mix and match guys. We’ll try a lot of different guys and see where we’re at.”
Left tackle Greg Robinson and running back Tre Mason announced earlier this week that they were leaving early for the 2014 NFL Draft, and the Tigers will have to replace some key players on defense such as defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Chris Davis.
But Malzahn remains confident next year’s team can compete for championships.
“If you're talking big picture as far as moving forward, we've got a lot of our main players coming back. We feel very good about our overall program and where we're going and really feel like our best days are ahead of us,” he said.