Auburn QB Kiehl Frazier switching to defensive backfield

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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn tightened the Tigers' quarterback race by one on Monday, announcing that quarterback Kiehl Frazier will switch to defense and play safety.

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The move gives the Tigers another proven SEC athlete in the secondary, albeit one who has no college experience on the defensive side of the ball. Malzahn said quarterbacks Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson had separated themselves in the quarterback battle, prompting Frazier to suggest helping the team at another position.

"(It's) something I'm fully going to embrace," Frazier said.

Frazier (6-2, 224 pounds) practiced at safety Monday. He was AU's starting quarterback over the first half of last season, but was ineffective and eventually benched. Any potential Frazier might have at the NFL level would definitely not be at quarterback, so with two years of eligibility remaining, the move can only prove to be a wise one from a career standpoint.

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