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Auburn QB Barrett Trotter forgoing senior year

Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:56 pm
Edited on: January 16, 2012 11:51 pm
 

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Whoever takes charge of Auburn's offense in 2012 -- Gene Chizik has yet to announce a replacement for Gus Malzahn as the former assistant takes the reins at Arkansas State -- will have one fewer option at quarterback after Barrett Trotter's decision to leave the Tiger program one season early.

The redshirt junior announced Monday that he would be forgoing his senior year to further concentrate on his academics. Trotter has received his undergraduate degree from Auburn in communications and is currently working on a Master's.

"My four years at Auburn have been a great experience and I'm thankful for the opportunities that I've had. However, I have decided to forgo my senior season," Trotter said in a statement. "I'm truly blessed to have been a part of winning seasons and championships during my time at Auburn."

Trotter's decision leaves the Tigers with three scholarship quarterbacks on their projected roster for 2012: junior Clint Moseley, sophomore Kiehl Frazier and Maxpreps No. 30 overall recruit Zeke PikeMoseley appeared in 10 games and attempted 108 passes (completing 61 percent for 7.4 yards a try) after wresting the job away from Trotter at midseason, but Frazier's running ability (327 yards, 3 touchdowns) will have him in the mix.

Despite those options, Auburn likely would have still preferred Trotter to remain in the program for another year. Cam Newton's former backup began the year brightly, leading the Tiger offense to 42 and 41 points in wins over Utah State and Mississippi State, respectively, while throwing five touchdowns to one interception. A deep mid-year slump cost him the starting spot, only for him to come off the bench in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl and lead Auburn to the win with an 11-for-18, 9.7 yards-per-attempt, one TD performance. With Chizik rumored to be looking for more of a pro-style look in his next coordinator, Trotter's combination of experience and accuracy might have made him a contender for the starting job.

"Barrett is a great young man who ended his career in a fitting way by helping lead our team to victory in the Chick-fil-A Bowl," Chizik said. "We are very appreciative to Barrett for his contributions to Auburn both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best as he takes the next step in his life."

We don't doubt that. But we also don't doubt that Chizik also wishes he had that one extra card in hand at quarterback as his offense takes the next step in its life under Chizik's watch.

Though Trotter is not expected to be drafted and doesn't appear to be considering a career in pro football, expert Rob Rang broke down Trotter's draft chances at his CBSSports.com Draft Blog. 

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Comments

Since: Jul 23, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:18 pm
 

Auburn QB Barrett Trotter forgoing senior year

Good luck to you Trott..I still believe if Tubberville had stayed at AU with his style of offense Trotter would have had much more sucsess.He is a great Auburn man and will be missed.



Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:26 pm
 

Auburn QB Barrett Trotter forgoing senior year

Class act. Never whined about sitting, whether it was behind stars like Cam Newton or mediocre players like Clint Moseley. Played his heart out whenever he got the opportunity to get on the field, and is a selfless guy who knows what it means to be an Auburn Tiger. Good luck Barrett!



Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: January 17, 2012 2:43 pm
 

Auburn QB Barrett Trotter forgoing senior year

Got a kick out off the fact the "Top Headlines" said he was leaving for the NFL.  But the story says he was leaving football to concentrate on academics and the writer even says at the end that Barrett doesn't appear to be considering a career in pro football.  Slow news day and needed some shock value I guess.  Good luck, Barrett, in all you do.



Since: Oct 20, 2010
Posted on: January 17, 2012 8:49 am
 

Auburn QB Barrett Trotter forgoing senior year

Excellent AU man, never complained about the hand dealt him, and was ready to step up when AU needed him vs. UVA.
War Damn Barrett!!



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