AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn is standing by a struggling Kiehl Frazier as the starting quarterback.
Tigers coach Gene Chizik said Sunday that Frazier would remain the starter Saturday against Louisiana-Monroe after struggling throughout a 28-10 loss at Mississippi State.
Chizik stuck with Frazier in that game instead of turning to backup Clint Moseley. Frazer had minus-2 yards passing at halftime and three completions for 18 yards through three quarters. He was intercepted three times and lost two fumbles.
"He's got to play through tough times," Chizik said. "That's part of a young guy's journey. That doesn't mean down the road if we think that that's something that we need to consider, we will. (Saturday) night, he had to get through a tough time. He's our quarterback. There's going to be some growing pains that go along with that for him, and he certainly went through them yesterday.
"What a difference a whole week makes. Against Clemson, we saw some bright spots. We expect to get back to those bright spots. There'll be a lot of learning from this game film and the situations that happened in the game. He's got to grow up and improve from what we learned this week."
Frazier had some success later in the game and finished 13-of-22 passing for 125 yards. He was a harsh critic of his own performance.
"Me personally, I think I had a mistake on probably 75 percent of the plays, so we've just got to come back and fix that," he said. "I wouldn't say it was surprising, because it was our first SEC road game. We definitely expect to play a lot better. We didn't play as well as we wanted to but the sky's not falling on me."