Trotter Not Returning For Senior Season

Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter has decided not to return for his senior year for the Tigers leaving just Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier as the experienced players on the roster.

Auburn, Ala.--Auburn Coach Gene Chizik and junior quarterback Barrett Trotter put an end to speculation on Monday about the quarterback's future as they announced that Trotter will not return for his senior season on the Plains.

Auburn's starter to begin the year before being replaced by Clint Moseley against Florida in week seven, Trotter completed 92-of-167 passes for 1,184 yards with 11 touchdown passes.

"My four years at Auburn has been a great experience and I'm thankful for the opportunities that I've had, however, I have decided to forgo my senior season," Trotter said.

"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 Chizik and the coaching staff, as well as my teammates and the entire Auburn family."

Trotter's finest moments came in the season opening win over Utah State in 2011 as he led the Tigers in a comeback win, and his relief effort in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl win over Virginia.

Coming off the bench in the bowl game, Trotter threw for 175 yards on 11-of-18 passing with one touchdown and 32 yards rushing against the Cavaliers in the Auburn victory.

Trotter celebrates the victory in his last game for the Tigers on New Year's Eve in Atlanta.

"Barrett is a great young man who ended his career in a fitting way by helping lead our team to victory in the Chick-fil-A Bowl," Chizik said. "We are very appreciative to Barrett for his contributions to Auburn both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best as he takes the next step in his life."

Trotter played in 14 career games, throwing for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns. A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Trotter graduated in August of 2011 with a degree in communications and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Auburn.

With Trotter gone the Tigers will have Moseley (junior), Frazier (sophomore) and true freshman Zeke Pike available for spring practice. Pike enrolled for spring semester after graduating high school early from Dixie Heights, Ky., High School.

Playing for Coach Fred Yancey at Briarwood Christian in Birmingham, Trotter passed for 7,968 career yards with 88 touchdowns and just 23 interceptions while completing 63 percent of his passes.

As a senior he led his team to the state Class 5A semi-finals as he passed for 3,469 yards and 47 touchdowns with just eight interceptions. He rushed for 610 yards and six scores on 104 carries as he was named to the Alabama Sports Writers Association Super 12 all-star team. He was also named Class 5A Back of the Year.

He redshirted in 2008, but Auburn's coaching staff almost decided to change that prior to a road game at West Virginia with the offense struggling. However, then head coach Tommy Tuberville decided to keep the redshirt on the true freshman.

Unfortunately for Trotter he suffered a major knee injury the following year that kept him sidelined in 2009.

He played in six games as a backup in 2010 to Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton. He completed 6-9 passes for 64 yards and ran the ball five times for 68 yards and one touchdown.

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