According to espn Frazier is moving to safety. No probs with that but it sounds like they are looking at a fresh face at the QB position. Seems to me that we would do ourselves a world of good by redshirting Double J, giving him that extra time to grow and acclimate to the college game and also preserving a potent, potential option at play caller down the line. Wallace has earned the right to be the man unless he is clearly outgunned by Marshall, but we all know new coaches sometimes prefer to start fresh, putting their stamp on player personnel.
Big Swoll, from what I’m reading Marshall and Johnson have separated themselves as being the two best options. Apparently Johnson has a canon of an arm and is very accurate passing the football. I think it’ll come down to which QB can just manage the offense best, though. Our WRs leave a lot to be desired, which can negate Johnson’s advantage in throwing the football. We’re likely going to be a run-heavy team this year, as long as the O-line can hold it’s own. Regardless, I don’t think Gustav plans on redshirting JJ. It’s going to be an interesting year, that’s for sure.
This one’s for you Spencer – when was the last time a player who started a season at QB moved to a defensive position the next season?
Kodi Burns to WR made sense. Frazier to Safety is downright “Whuh?” moment.
Come on 31 August ! I think we are going to enjoy this year a WHOLE lot better ! Just having discipline this year by our all star list of coaches will be worth a couple more wins….just get to a bowl, any bowl ! Even the California nut bowl would be exciting !
MCT I will crank up the trivia machine that lives between my ears (and as a matter of honor will eschew Google). :)
Let’s see…to my recollection, not in the modern era. Of course players used to play both ways (offense and defense) with the epically great Tucker Frederickson being the last one that truly excelled…BUT that was as a RB and DB. (And just for fun contemplate this…he finished 2nd in the Heisman vote his SR year, won the Jacobs trophy for the best blocker in the SEC, was the first draft pick of the draft by the NY Giants, selected to the Pro Bowl as a rookie – and primarily came to AU because we had a Vet School).
So bottom line, from the 50′s on back to 1892 I am sure there were guys that flipped from QB to defense from one season to the next b/c some were flipping from QB to defense on change of possessions. :)
I will be back in time for the football season kickoff. Finally going to an Auburn game anywhere, but on The Plains especially, would be a dream come true. Do yall have suggestions of what would be the best ideas for making that happen? I guess if I wait until next season, there is the possibility that I can bring a championship belt with me, but I don’t know if I can hold out that long!
Good point MCT….in that respect Frazier may very well be the first player in AU history to go from starting QB to defense the following year. The part I wonder about is his physicality. He’s got good size for a safety (6’2″ / 224) but safety is both pass coverage AND run support. And I openly wonder if how much lumber he can bring (so to speak). The REALLY funny part of this discussion is the fact Frazier is slightly BIGGER than Bo Jackson when he was @ AU (6’1″ / 222). Think how silly it would have been to openly question if Bo was up to the task physically. :)
I heard people talk about Frazier being afraid of getting hit last year and questioning his ability to play safety due to that. I think there’s a big difference in getting hit and being the one doing the hitting. He has great size for the Star position or playing safety. I think he has a lot of potential there. I’m just curious about whether or not he might take a redshirt to learn the position for a year.
I read that he was recruited as a safety by lot of schools. He played the position in high school too. So he is not completely new to the position.
He being a QB should help him read the opposing offence better and may be a valuable asset.
I think he will redshirt this year unless he completely wows the coaches in the next 2 weeks.
I concur with the notions that his previous experience at the position, aggressive play (he did at least try to run hard even if passing wasn’t his forte) and ideal size and athleticism should suit him well for the position switch. His D1 level college QB action could also be a real boost to his D-secondary game. Maybe it’s just wishful thinking but I see him making some real contributions on that side of the ball. Then again i am the fan whos seriously predicting we will chase 10 wins and challenge for the West Division crown. Just the way he handled the situation and the maturity he has conducted himself with in the media since are big positives imo.