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Trotter Still AU’s Starting QB, But That Position’s Under Review

Arkansas did things the right way on Saturday.  If you’re going to beat Auburn, you’d better blow ‘em the heck out.  The Razorbacks did.

And while the Hogs’ offense did their part in the 38-14 win, the Auburn offense struggled, failing to create the shootout most of us expected to see.  The performance dropped Auburn into eighth place in the SEC in total offense, eighth in scoring offense and ninth in passing offense.

For the year, the Tigers are averaging 27.8 points per game… two touchdowns off last year’s 41.2 points per game average.  Their 374.7 yards per game average is down from 499.2 last season.

In Gus Malzahn’s first season on The Plains, his offense started hot and then struggled through the meat of AU’s SEC schedule.  Auburn finished just 3-5 in league play in 2009.  Last season, Malzahn was hailed as a genius as his offense — behind best-SEC-player-I-ever-saw Cam Newton — turned football into pinball.

Barrett Trotter is no Cam Newton.  Against Arkansas he completed just 6 of 19 passes for 81 yards and an interception.  For the season he’s 79 of 141 (56%) for 976 yards, nine touchdowns and six interceptions.  Clint Moseley is just 2 of 2 passing.  True freshman Kiehl Frazier is just 2 of 5 for 18 yards and two picks.  (Yep, he’s completed as many passes to opponents’ players as he has to his own teammates.)

Frazier has been the Wildcat option so far, but he sounds like he’s ready to take on a larger role.  “If Coach Malzahn wanted me to, I could run more of the base offense, but he wants me in the Wildcat.”

Yesterday, Gene Chizik hinted that changes might be coming at the quarterback spot: “Today, Barrett Trotter is our starting quarterback.  Obviously, we’ll spend all day today, we’ll spend all day tomorrow evaluating all of our positions on our team just like we do every Sunday and every Monday.  And we’ll go from there.  But today, Barrett Trotter is our starting quarterback.”

Yes, but for how long?  And who’s ready to step in and take the reins of Malzahn’s offense?


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