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Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:02 pm
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The deadline for underclassmen leaving college early for the NFL may have passed Saturday but with some players (and programs) electing to not announce the news publicly, the number of prospects heading into the 2012 draft is sure to grow.

Auburn junior quarterback Barrett Trotter appears to be the first such example.

Trotter, 6-2, 207 pounds, was put in the unenviable position of trying to replace Cam Newton. With Trotter at the helm Auburn was nearly beat in their season opener against Utah State. He threw 10 touchdowns and six interceptions in starting the first seven games of the season for the Tigers. He was benched at halftime against Florida after completing just two of eight passes for 33 yards over the first two quarters. Trotter didn't see action the rest of the year until an injury to starter Clint Moseley during the Chick-fil-A Bowl put him back on the field. To Trotter's credit, he responded with arguably the best game of his career, completing 11 of 18 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown in Auburn's 43-24 victory over Virginia.

Despite his heroics, Trotter is not a highly regarded pro prospect. He was rated the No. 26 quarterback of the 2013 draft class by NFLDraftScout.com. Prior to his playing time in 2011 Trotter had only attempted nine passes in his collegiate career. He completed six of them for 64 yards and had also run for 68 yards and a touchdown. For his career Trotter completed 98 of 176 for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns against six interceptions.

Unlike some prospects with an inflated opinion of their standing with NFL scouts, this appears to be an example of a student-athlete taking the academic side of his life seriously while exploring his dream of playing at the professional level.

A redshirt junior, Trotter already has his undergraduate degree and according to Charles Goldberg of al.com is staying in grad school and planning to participate in Auburn's Pro Day tryouts in March.

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Since: Apr 13, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 3:32 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

AuTigers has it right, Barrett is not really expecting a pro career. If a pro team decides to take a chance on him, great; if not, Barrett is finishing up his masters and will have no problem getting a good job outside the world of professional sports. He has sacrificed huge amounts of time over the last four years to be a part of the Auburn football program, and he realizes that it's now time to move on with his life. I'm sure the decision was a very hard one to make. Barrett was a total class act. He never whined about sitting, whether it was behind stars like Cam Newton or mediocre players like Clint Moseley. He played his heart out whenever he got the opportunity to get on the field, and is a selfless guy who embodies what it means to be an Auburn man! Good luck Barrett!



Since: Sep 27, 2009
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:49 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

You beat me to the punch, AuTigers.  I was just about to inquire as to why Kiehl hadn't been mentioned in the discussion so far.




Since: Aug 10, 2007
Posted on: January 17, 2012 12:28 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

People learn to lookup facts before you post. Trotter already has his undergraduate degree in communications and is enrolled at Auburn for grad school. He sees the writing on the wall with Kiehl Frazier coming back and incoming freshman Zeke Pike. Trotter had a career filled with having to deal with being a second string QB. First he had to deal with Cam Newton coming in and capturing the starting role and this year he had to deal with being pulled midway through the season and being replaced by a mediocre Clint Moseley. He knows he's not the best athlete in the world but he has heart and he's pretty smart.

He knows he isn't going to make it in the NFL but whats the harm in applying for the draft? And if he goes undrafted whats the harm in trying out for a scout team? Clearly the odds are stacked against him but this is a guy that's used to that. If it doesn't work out he will have his Master's degree to back him up. More power to you Barrett and I hope you make an NFL team. 



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 11:14 am
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

He is a redshirt Junior and I am pretty sure he has his degree or will very shortly.  Trotter is a good kid that comes from a great family and has earned the right to move on to the next phase of his life.

Let's cut the "he is not ready for the NFL" and "he should at least graduate" stuff because this kid has no delusions of the NFL and he has given 4 years and sacrificed much for a university he loves and deserves the right to move on with dignity.  If you do not know his situation please be respectful and not post things that are irrelevant.



Since: Jan 17, 2012
Posted on: January 17, 2012 10:47 am
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

He should at least graduate



Since: Aug 4, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 9:31 am
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

It's his business but one would think that a better decision would be to stay and earn his degree. I admire Trotter for being a tough competitor but he is not exactly NFL material.



Since: Sep 13, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

Auburn has a 5 star QB coming in and Trotter lost the starting job during the season. He is just ready to get on with his life and we wish him well and thank him for all the hard work he put in during his years at Auburn.



Since: Jan 8, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:46 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

First Dyer leaving...now Trotter thinks he's NFL material? What is going on at Auburn? Someone please enlighten me to the positive side of this that I'm not seeing. Does this stink of infractions? I'm sure Trotter is a great person, but even with another year...I'm still not convinced he's NFL material.



Since: Oct 29, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:31 pm
 

Report: Auburn QB Trotter leaving early

Trotter who???????????????????


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