Auburn coach Gus Malzahn announced Friday that Frazier will transfer out of the Tigers’ program. According to Josh Floyd, Frazier's coach during his days at Shiloh Christian School, he will "most likely" head to Ouachita Baptist, a Division II school in Arkadelphia, Ark. Frazier's brother, Ned Beach, plays on the offensive line at OBU.
“We appreciate everything that he’s done,” Malzahn said. “He’s been a class individual. He’s a winner. We’re going to root for him in the future.”
A former starting quarterback at Auburn, Frazier fell out of the mix for the No. 1 job this past season in August and shifted to safety. He then moved to receiver. He didn’t record a tackle, interception or pass reception this season. In limited time as a Wildcat quarterback, he rushed 10 times for 34 yards.
“I’m extremely close to him. He’s always been nothing but a winner with his attitude,” Malzahn said. “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.”
PARKS RETURNS: Five months later after being dismissed from the team, tight end Ricky Parks is rejoining the Tigers.
“He’s walking on and we’re going to give him an opportunity to prove himself,” Malzahn said Friday.
After leaving Auburn, Parks transferred to Northeast Mississippi Community College in Booneville, Miss. In six games with the Tigers, Parks caught six passes for 59 yards, including two touchdowns. Malzahn said he has had only limited interaction with Parks since August.
”Really nothing other than we‘re going to give him the opportunity,” he said.
Before his dismissal, Parks was listed as Jay Prosch’s backup at the H-back position. Once Parks left, walk-on Gage Batten moved to No. 2 on the depth chart.
“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.”
REED POSITION TALK: Trovon Reed isn't shifting from receiver to cornerback. Not yet, anyway.
Malzahn tapped the brakes on any suggestion of the senior-to-be moving to defense when asked about it Friday.
"That was premature," he said. "We have not talked about any of that. Once we get to our pre-spring meetings we’ll talk through things like that.”
Reed himself brought up the potential move Thursday: "Will Be The Best CornerBack In The Nation 2014 Season!!” he said in a post on his personal Instagram account. The post has since been deleted.
Reed, who hails from Thibodaux, La., caught nine passes for 98 years this season. He also returned one punt, losing four yards.
MALZAHN CONTRACT: Malzahn has not signed his new contract, which was announced by Auburn on Dec. 6. But said he will do so "in the near future."
The coach also said he's already discussed raises for his assistants with athletics director Jay Jacobs.
"We've got one of the best staffs in college football and we'll do everything in our power to keep them together," he said.