Mobile, Ala.--It definitely wasn't how Barrett Trotter hoped to end his high school career. Playing in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, the Auburn commitment completed 11 of 15 passes for 117 yards and a touchdown, but threw three interceptions and also fumbled in a 26-7 loss.
While he admits he didn't play his best game, it was fairly obvious that Trotter wasn't all to blame for his final numbers and the results in the game. Miscommunication with his receiver on two interceptions and getting hit on a simple three-step drop on the other made for a long night, but Trotter says unfortunately that's the tough thing about running an offense on short notice like they did this week.
"It was a lot of fun to play with these guys," Trotter says. "It's hard to put an offense together in one week of time. Anyone will tell you that, especially at the quarterback position. Teams work all summer and all off season to get prepared. We had a lot of guys from different programs and they kind of all do their own thing. There are a hundred different routes and ways to run them.
"It's hard to get that timing down and it was definitely rough on us tonight. We showed that we could move the ball, but we had too many mistakes and too much pressure. We couldn't do a whole lot against them. We just had too many mistakes to get a good game going."
Mistakes were a killer all night for the Alabama squad as they turned it over six times compared to just one for Mississippi. That made the difference in the game as Mississippi outgained Alabama by just 12 total yards, but capitalized on turnovers to get the win. Trotter says his defense kept Alabama in the game, but they just couldn't make enough plays the make it pay off.
"They had a few big plays that hurt us," Trotter says. "Our defense really played a good game. We turned it over too many times and close to our goal line for touchdowns. That hurt us, but I thought our defense really played well."
Although the game didn't turn out like he hoped, Trotter says he can take a lot away from the experience as he now begins working and preparing to head to Auburn in the fall. With his high school career now behind him, Trotter says that he'll choose to take the positives out of the experience and build on the for the future.
"They kept us working hard all week long," Trotter says. "It's definitely not like I would have drawn it up. I think we showed a lot of things that were positive. I think me and Casey (Casey Weston) are pretty good quarterbacks. Coming out here tonight and both of us not playing so great, I don't think that's necessarily just on us. I think it's a whole team together. It's just so hard to get the offense working in that short amount of time. They (Mississippi) had it working pretty well."