QB Feels Good About His Scrimmage Performance

Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter talks about his comeback from knee surgery and competing for a starting assignment.

Auburn, Ala.--After a spring training knee injury sidelined him last year, Barrett Trotter points out that he really enjoyed being back in the action for Auburn's first scrimmage of the spring on Saturday.

The 6-2, 210-pounder from Birmingham will be a redshirt sophomore this fall.

"I thought I did pretty well," he says of his performance in Saturday's scrimmage. "I had a bunch of completions and I thought we did well on offense when I was in there."

It has been a long time since Trotter was in a major scrimmage, but he notes that he felt comfortable running the offense. "We have been scrimmaging some at different points of practice, but it was good to get back in the stadium and get a full scrimmage in," he says.

Offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gus Malzahn says that Trotter is improving. The quarterback agrees.

"I am definitely getting better," Trotter says. "Last year I was there for everything--all of the meetings and everything, but couldn't really participate as much. Now it is putting the things together and seeing what I can do on the field with what I have already learned. It is a growing process, but I think I am doing well."

Trotter was recruited to Auburn by the previous coaching staff, but says he believes Malzahn's offense is a good fit for him. "Last year, being around it so long, I got to where I am comfortable in it," he says.

Commenting on the scrimmage, Trotter says "Philip Pierre-Louis was really great. Emory Blake had some big plays. I thought the offensive line had a great scrimmage. They moved the guys when they had to and really gave us some pretty good protection most of the time."

After having knee surgery last spring, Trotter notes that he is 100 percent physically. "My knee doesn't bother me," he says. "It feels great."

With Trotter, Cameron Newton, Neil Caudle and Clint Mosley competing for first string status at quarterback, Malzahn is expected to eliminate one or two players from the competition for the starting spot as early as this week.

Trotter says it doesn't make sense for him to worry about that. "We are just battling it out right now. If you start trying to focus on that stuff too much you are going to get caught up in it. You just have to keep your mind on what you are doing."


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