Trotter "Dealing" With Rotating QB Situation

Auburn starting quarterback Barrett Trotter comments on his team's offense and sharing time with freshman Kiehl Frazier.

Fayetteville, Ark.--After a strong start offensively that featured 14 points and 168 yards, the Auburn Tigers didn't score again the rest of the night as they dropped an SEC road game 38-14 at Arkansas on Saturday night.

Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter, asked what he saw as the issue for the offense after the strong start, responded by saying, "We didn't convert on third downs and that just killed us."

The Tigers converted 2-4 third downs in the first quarter and converted just four of 13 tries after that.

Head coach Gene Chizik said dropped passes were a big issue for his Auburn team.

"Sure that is frustrating as a quarterback, but at the same time I am missing and throwing the ball where it shouldn't be throw," Trotter said. "I can help those guys out by throwing the ball right where it needs to be more times. It is a combination of things."

Trotter said the Tigers "did great" running the ball vs. Arkansas, but noted that they have to do a better job of "dropping back and throwing the football."

For the game Trotter hit 6-19 passes for 81 yards. He had one interception when DeAngelo Benton mishandled a pass over the middle that was right on target.

"We had dropped passes, missed passes--a lot of things didn't go the way we planned them," Trotter said.

The junior quarterback rotated in and out of the game regularly with freshman Kiehl Frazier, who was effective running the football, but threw two interceptions.

Asked if that is difficult for him to do and gain his rhythm, Trotter said, "I am sure it could sometimes, but at the same time we are trying to get the best guys on the field every play, play-specific. Receivers do it. I am going to have to get used to it. It is not one of those things that is that big of a deal.

"He (Frazier) is coming in and doing some things that are going to help us," Trotter added. "I have got to be able to deal with that and come back in and be ready to throw and not let it effect me at all. I don't think it has."

Trotter and the Tigers will now try to regroup and prepare for a home game next Saturday vs. the Florida Gators.

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