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Auburn names Barrett Trotter starting quarterback

Posted on: August 18, 2011 5:18 pm
Edited on: August 23, 2011 3:45 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

has announced which quarterback has won the battle to try and fill Cam Newton's oversized shoes this season. And that winner is ... Barrett Trotter.

While far from a household name outside the SEC, Trotter is in his fourth year as a redshirt junior and in his third year of offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn's system. Even with only nine career passes to his name, that was enough experience to fend off challenges from redshirt sophomore Clint Moseley and true freshman Kiehl Frazier.

"Barrett has worked extremely hard to earn the starting quarterback job at Auburn University," Gene Chizik said in a statement. "Barrett understands the huge responsibility that comes with being the starting quarterback at Auburn and we are confident in his ability to lead this team."

But if Trotter has to deal with the pressure that comes with that "huge responsibility" (not to mention the shadow still cast by Newton), he's also been handed one of the most gilt-edged opportunities an FBS quarterback could ask for. Going back to his days at Tulsa, Malzahn's quarterbacks have never failed to deliver the statistical goods; even Chris Todd (whose arm strength might be described as "pedestrian" only if you're feeling charitable) somehow wound up setting a school record for touchdown passes and finishing third in the SEC in passing efficiency in 2009 ... and he'd only practiced under Malzahn for the length of one fall camp.

So as long as Trotter remains upright and avoids making enough killer mistakes to get benched -- and given enough time to learn the offense, the more athletic Frazier will look awfully appealing -- he's likely been handed the keys to a statistical fortune. If Auburn can avoid the kind of sub-.500 collapse that afflicted Texas last season, it's a safe bet that many, many more college football fans will know his name by the end of the season.


Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:43 am

Auburn names Barrett Trotter starting quarterback

I see Auburn going 6-6 this year.  Anything better would be a surprise.  They have four tough games against SEC WEST opponents along with a tough road in the East as they play UF, UGA, and SC.  And then, there is Clemson OOC, along with the three cupcakes.  I would think that 5-7 was more likely than 7-5, but we will see. 

Since: Nov 22, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 3:04 am

Auburn names Barrett Trotter starting quarterback

I am predicting a loss in the frist game of the season to Utah State.  Gary Anderson will have the ready to play.

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 11:21 pm

Auburn names Barrett Trotter starting quarterback

Bchill - I can't argue w/ you comment (100% agreed).  It's also the job of the head coach to hire strong assistant coaches, which obviously is what Coach Chizak has done.

Trotter is pretty salty.  This year's squad might not have the success that last year's team had, but you can count on Trotter & AU lighting up the scoreboards & doing better than most predict AU to do.


Since: Aug 29, 2010
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:51 pm

Auburn names Barrett Trotter starting quarterback

Malzahn is the man for Auburn. Gene....he is just lucky to have Gus.

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