Though the former quarterback has been at safety for only 10 days, there are signs he is making a push to break into Auburn's two-deep depth chart. Following the Tigers' practice Thursday, head coach Gus Malzahn said Frazier is "in the mix" for playing time.
"I think every day he feels more comfortable," Malzahn said. "It’s like anything else. The more that you do, the better you get at it. He’s a competitor, he’s a smart football player, he understands offensive concepts and there’s a good chance he’ll be out on the field."
Ellis Johnson, the defensive coordinator, said it was a seamless transition for the former quarterback, who picked up the scheme and immediately started "making some checks those young JUCO guys and freshmen guys weren’t making for two weeks."
That's why he's confident Frazier will be just fine.
"Fundamentals and technique and pulling the trigger, seeing and reacting to things right now, he’s sort of in slow motion but it’s coming along for him," Johnson said. "Once he gets comfortable back there, I think he’ll play quite a bit for us."
MCNEAL TRANSFER: Demetruce McNeal is now a West Alabama Tiger.
The former Auburn safety officially enrolled Thursday morning, according to an official release from the school. He began practicing with the football team Thursday afternoon.
"We are excited to be adding Demetruce to our football team," head coach Will Hall said in the statement. "Obviously, he has been a great player at Auburn, but the second thing is, in talking to a lot of people about him from his family, to his high school coaches and some of his coaches at Auburn, we believe he is going to be a good person here."
Hall said McNeal is looking forward to the opportunity to continue his playing career with West Alabama.
"He is excited about coming here and excited about becoming a UWA Tiger, becoming part of a program that has a chance to win a national championship," Hall said. "He understands that he will have to become us and we will not become him."
McNeal was Auburn's top returning tackler, making 90 stops last season. He was dismissed on Saturday afternoon following an arrest for second-degree marijuana possession earlier that morning.
RIGHT TACKLE: As has been the case since the beginning of preseason camp, the starting right tackle position is undecided, Malzahn said. The two-man competition between Avery Young and Patrick Miller continues.
"The good thing is we have more depth at tackle than we’ve ever had since I’ve been here," Malzahn said.