"It seems like it has been forever," Trotter said. "I have been looking forward to this Utah State game all summer. Since camp started feels like it has been three months instead of one. I'm definitely real excited and ready to play."
Taking the reins from Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton, Trotter isn't likely to come anywhere close to the record-setting rushing numbers that Newton put up in 2010. While he admits he is a much different quarterback, Trotter said it won't change what the Tigers do on offense in a big way because he feels comfortable moving the football on the ground as well.
"I think certain things will change," Trotter said. "There may not be as many designed runs as we had for Cam, but at the same time we're going to stick with the same type stuff.
"I definitely feel comfortable running the ball when I have to," he added. "The SEC Championship Game is a testament to that. I can run if there's a spot, but at the same time I'm not 6-6, 250. I'm not going to run the power play all the time. I definitely feel comfortable running the ball and doing different things."
The comfort level of the entire offense is something that Trotter said has really helped as they try to incorporate several newcomers into the mix such as running back Tre Mason and wide receivers Quan Bray and C.J. Uzomah. That will be big as Auburn faces a Utah State team on Saturday that is moving from a four-man front on defense to a 3-4 scheme. Trotter said because of that getting an early start on what the Aggies do should give the Tigers a leg up.
"We've definitely progressed a lot the last week or so really," Trotter said. "We started doing some Utah State prep about the middle of last week so we're familiar with them. It's officially game week, but we did some last week. I definitely feel comfortable with what we're doing and the rate we're doing it."
Saturday will be the first opportunity for Trotter and the Tigers to try to silence a group of critics from around the country forecasting doom and gloom in 2011. That's an unusual position for the defending national champions to be in, but Trotter said nothing that has been said will change the way Auburn prepares to tackle a new season.
"The bar is set as high as it can be every year for Auburn," Trotter said. "We don't come in any less prepared or more prepared, any less pressure or more pressure because of last year. Every time we step in that stadium we expect to win."