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QB Trotter Walks Away From AU Football Team

Barrett Trotter began the season as Auburn’s starting quarterback.  By mid-October he’d been replaced by Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier.  After sitting for five games, Trotter came off the bench to help lead the Tigers past Virginia in the Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Now he’s walking away from the see-saw and will forgo his senior year of football.  Trotter graduated last August and is currently enrolled in graduate school on the Plains.

“My four years at Auburn has been a great experience and I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had.  I’m truly blessed to have been a part of winning seasons and championships during my time at Auburn.

I’m also very appreciative of Coach (Gene) Chizik and the coaching staff, as well as my teammates and the entire Auburn family.”

Trotter said the he will not transfer to another program.  He can take part in Auburn’s pro day if he wants to pursue an NFL career, though it’s unlikely he’ll get a look in the pros.  For his career, Trotter passed for 1,248 yard and 11 touchdowns.

Chizik and the person he hires as offensive coordinator will have Moseley, Frazier and highly-touted incoming freshman Zeke Pike to choose from when it comes to Auburn’s quarterback position in 2012.

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SEC Headlines – 11/9/11 Part One

1.  Alabama will face another pair of rotating quarterbacks when they visit Mississippi State on Saturday.

2.  This writer says the chances for a Bama-LSU rematch are slim.

3.  Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley is refreshed and ready for a return to action.

4.  Defensive tackle Gabe Wright is stepping up just in time to face his former high school teammate, Isaiah Crowell of Georgia.

5.  Bobby Petrino wants his team to improve in short-yardage situations.

6.  Marshawn Powell poured in 26 in a Razorback basketball exhibition win last night.

7.  LSU’s quarterbacks are off limits to the media as Les Miles decides who to start on Saturday.  (Both will continue to play.)

8.  Eric Reid’s key interception against Alabama has thrust him into the national spotlight.

9.  Dan Mullen scoffed at Nick Saban’s comment that MSU’s two-quarterbacks system will be tough to prepare for.

10.  State’s offensive line will face a stiff challenge trying to open run lanes against Bama’s D-line.

11.  Ole Miss players and coaches are trying to get back to work with Louisiana Tech coming for a visit on Saturday (in what could be an audition for Tech coach Sonny Dykes.)

12.  The Rebel players are backing Houston Nutt.

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SEC Headlines – 10/20/11 Part Two

1.  Tennessee AD (and former Alabama assistant AD) Dave Hart says the Alabama-Tennessee game must be preserved because “the history that rivalry has produced is unparalleled in my mind.”

2.  Speaking of Alabama and Tennessee, the loss of offensive lineman Aaron Douglas is still being felt by people with ties to both programs.

3.  It sounds like Bama players will be enjoying victory cigars if they roll the Volunteers on Saturday.

4.  The Tide’s Trent Richardson remains grounded despite the hype surrounding him.

5.  How will Clint Moseley stack up against previous first-time starting quarterbacks at Auburn?

6.  Auburn’s homecoming game against Samford will be televised on pay-per-view.

7.  The guys on Arkansas’ offense believe they’ve still got a lot of room to improve.

8.  Quarterback Tyler Wilson is one of 10 finalists for the Unitas Award.

9.  This season, LSU has been wearing teams down in the second half.

10.  Ole Miss’ freshman class says “Be patient, we’re coming.”  (Soon enough to save Houston Nutt?)

11.  With the Rebels preparing to face Arkansas’ high-flying offense, Nutt says of his secondary, “We’re out of bodies.”

12.  Film work is paying off for Mississippi State’s D-linemen.

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Moseley Named AU Starting QB

With a road trip to #1 LSU coming up on Saturday, Auburn has a new starting quarterback.  Clint Moseley has gotten the nod after giving the Tigers a lift off the bench when he replaced Barrett Trotter against Florida this past weekend.

“We’ve been struggling offensively the last couple of weeks,” Gene Chizik said today.  “I don’t feel like that’s a secret.  We need a spark there.  I feel like in the second half of the Florida game, Clint came in and gave us somewhat of a spark when we needed it.  I think he’s earned the right for the opportunity to start.”

Chizik didn’t enjoy breaking the bad news to Trotter.  “This is the part of the business I don’t like.  You have to tell one guy one thing and another guy the other.”

In Auburn’s 17-6 win over Florida, Moseley was 4 of 7 for 90 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions.

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SEC Headlines – 10/17/11 Part One

1.  The SEC has named its Players of the Week.

2.  Nick Saban was “real happy” with a 52-7 win over Ole Miss, but he still found things to complain about.

3.  Alabama’s game with Tennessee on Saturday figures to be “the final knife sharpening session” before the Tide’s showdown with LSU.

4.  The smart money is on Clint Moseley taking over the starting quarterback job at Auburn…

5.  But the Tigers aren’t ready to name their starter against LSU just yet.

6.  Arkansas’ #9 ranking is the highest debut for the Hogs since the BCS rankings began back in 1998.

7.  The Razorbacks are still fighting to reach their goals.

8.  LSU’s two-quarterback system is working just fine, thank you.

9.  The Tigers have been so dominant that at times it’s been a little boring.

10.  At 0-4 in the SEC, Dan Mullen and Mississippi State will be doing some soul-searching during their bye week.

11.  Tyler Russell’s performance was better than his numbers in his first start at quarterback.

12.  Ole Miss’ run defense allowed 9.3 yards per carry against Alabama.  That’s nearly a first down per rush.

13.  This week, they’ll face a Top 10 passing attack from Arkansas.

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Chizik Says Trotter Will Be AU’s Starter Versus UF

Barrett Trotter will once again be given the starting nod when Auburn hosts Florida on Saturday.  The quarterback has started every game for the Tigers this year, but his passing numbers have dropped in recent weeks.

“I expect him to play well,” said Gene Chizik today.  “And I expect everybody else around him to play well with him.  We looked hard at everything.  It’s hard for any quarterback to be as productive as you want him to be if everybody else isn’t productive as well.”

Chizik put plenty of the blame on Trotter’s pass-catchers before saying, “I don’t want to turn this into a wide receiver bashing party.”

Kiehl Frazier will continue to run Auburn’s Wildcat package and Clint Moseley will continue in his third-team role.

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Possible Starting QB Frazier Arrives At Auburn

Eleven true freshmen football players began summer school at Auburn yesterday, but the man in the brightest spotlight is quarterback prospect Kiehl Frazier.  With Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley unable to lock down the starting spot in spring practice, Frazier is expected to get a good, long look at the position once fall practice begins.

Auburn’s coaches have said that ability will outrank experience when it comes to naming starters on this year’s rebuilt team.  With Gus Malzahn’s track record for simplifying his offense — see: last year with Cam Newton — it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone if Frazier is the eventual signal-caller on The Plains as a true freshman.

In fact, we at, believe that’s exactly what will happen.

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AU Still Looking For Newton’s Replacement

Steve Eubanks of says it won’t be easy to follow Superman, meaning Cam Newton.

First, I thought Tim Tebow was “Superman.”  Second, I wonder why FoxSports didn’t send Thayer Evans down to Auburn.  (Kidding.)

While talking to Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley about trying to replace a legend, Eubanks got a nice quote from Trotter… the man who entered spring as the favorite for the job.

“He didn’t leave shoes (to fill), he left skis,” Trotter said of Newton.  “There are just different things that I do better than he did, and obviously there are things he can do better than me.  You’ve just got to go out and do your best and do what you know how to do.”

No offense to Trotter, but I’d love to know what it is he can do better than Newton.

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SEC Headlines 4/10/11

1. Source: no violation in Brent Calloway’s recruitment at Alabama.

2. Christian Robinson will be the face of the Georgia defense. Bulldogs secondary is banged up.

3. Kentucky’s defense dominates Saturday’s scrimmage.

4. Is QB Morgan Newton the next Andre Woodson at Kentucky?

5. Florida QB John Brantley 4 of 14 for 45 yards in Saturday’s Orange and Blue spring game. The offense will look different this fall with wide receiver Quinton Dunbar playing a key role.

6. While Brantley struggles, Tim Tebow steals the show.

7. No QB controversy at LSU – Jordan Jefferson is the starter – for now.

8. But what about Zach Mettenberger? Dennis Dodd: “Boy can he can light up a stadium.”

9. Auburn quarterback Clint Moseley on Saturday’s scrimmage:  ”One of the most discouraging days this spring, for sure.”

10. Tigers defensive coordinator Ted Roof not ready to name starters.

11. Nick Saban liked the play of both of his quarterbacks on Saturday.

12. Suspended but not forgotten QB Stephen Garcia is still the buzz of South Carolina while wide receiver DeAngelo Smith was the star of the show on Saturday.

13. The buzz out of Arkansas continues to be the Razorbacks defense.

14. Less than a week now from Saturday’s Grove Bowl and Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt is not happy.

15. Banged up in Baton Rouge. 15 players sit out LSU’s spring game – including six potential starters on defense.

16. 36,000 fans in the stands for Mississippi State’s Maroon-White spring game.

17. Bulldogs defensive tackles dominate.

18. Derek Dooley on the Tennessee defense: “We don’t have 11 first-teamers.” But he likes the progress on the offense.

19. Does Vandy’s offense have some big-play potential?


20. College athletes and endorsements.  The sponsors would benefit.  The school would benefit.  Athletes would remain unpaid.

21. St. Louis Post-Dispatch: “Had (Cuonzo) Martin found a way to fend off scandal-ridden Tennessee for 48 hours or so instead of taking the job, he might well have been named Mizzou’s coach last week.”


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Chizik: Trotter And Moseley Still Neck-And-Neck At QB

Spring practice is half over, but Auburn coach Gene Chizik isn’t ready to give one man an advantage in his quarterback race.  Chizik said yesterday after reviewing film of a weekend scrimmage that there’s been no movement in the battle between Barrett Trotter and Clint Moseley.

“It could end up being the last day of fall camp,” Moseley said yesterday.  “I just have to be prepared for anything.  That’s the biggest thing.  If I have my mindset right and do all the small things right I just feel like everything will take care of itself.  If it takes to the end of fall camp or whenever it is or if I don’t win it, I just have to be prepared for anything.”

Moseley and Trotter are splitting reps with the first-team in practice.

“Either way it’s going to be tough for the other person whoever doesn’t win it, for sure.  He’s a really good person and I know he’ll handle it the right way, and he thinks the same of me.”

Moseley knows that if he does win the starting job, no one will mistake him for Cam Newton.

“I think I can manage the offense.  Cam was such a different quarterback, literally like no one we’ve ever seen before.  I think I bring a more conventional (style), like what Gus has always had.  Just somebody who knows the offense as well as he does.  That’s what I’m trying to do right now.  I’m getting close.”

For now, close is he operative word.  As in: Moseley and Trotter are still close in the eyes of AU’s coaches.

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