Auburn, Ala. — In a battle that has been ongoing since the start of spring practice, junior Barrett Trotter has earned the starting job for the season opener against Utah State on Sept. 3 over sophomore Clint Moseley.
Announcing the decision on Thursday afternoon, Auburn Head Coach Gene Chizik said that a lot went into the choice of Trotter.
“Barrett has worked extremely hard to earn the starting quarterback job at Auburn University,” Chizik said. “I’m very proud of him for the leadership and hard work he has shown not only during camp, but also during his three years at Auburn.
"Barrett has a great opportunity to represent and lead this football team moving forward. 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.”
Trotter at Auburn's Fan Day last Sunday.
It obviously wasn’t an easy choice for Chizik and offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn as the competition lasted well into preseason practice. Malzahn said following Auburn's third preseason scrimmage that the quarterbacks were making his decision difficult because they were all doing good things.
Chizik agreed that all of the quarterbacks have done well and he’s looking forward to seeing how each progresses down the road.
Trotter in this season's A-Day spring football scrimmage.
“These decisions are extremely tough when dealing with such competitive young men who have a strong desire to excel,” Chizik said. “Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier worked very hard and it’s been a great competition that will make our young team better.
"Clint and Kiehl both have a lot of ability and will continue to improve. We look forward to watching their progress as the years go on.”
A native of Birmingham, Ala. and standout at Briarwood Christian High, Trotter appeared in six games as a sophomore in 2010, throwing for 64 yards on 6-of-9 passing. A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Trotter graduated in August 2011 with a degree in communications.
Trotter finished his high school football career with nearly 8,000 yards passing and 88 touchdowns through the air under the direction of head coach Fred Yancey. After nearly playing as a true freshman in 2008 while being redshirted, he injured his knee in the spring of 2009 and missed the entire season.
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