After almost working his way into the playing rotation as a true freshman in 2008, Trotter was poised to make a run at the starting job last fall until a knee injury put him on the shelf. Working his way back into practice shape late in the year, Trotter's spring has put him into a heated battle with senior Neil Caudle and redshirt freshman Clint Moseley for the number two spot at the moment.
"It been good," Trotter said of the start of fall practice. "It's good to get out of summer workouts and have the ball in your hands again. For me coming back off an injury the spring was good. Now it's getting completely back to normal. Just being back in the swing of things is fun."
That feeling started in spring practice as Trotter tried to make up for the ground he lost last fall. Showing his ability to run an offense, the Briarwood Christian standout had a strong spring and finished with a bang in the A-Day Game. He said that was important for him from a confidence standpoint.
"I think it was huge," Trotter said. "It gave me confidence I did not have coming off the injury. Just getting the ball back in my hands again really for the first time since my freshman year, since my first year and we all know how crazy that season was. Just getting back out there and being able to interact with the coaches was good."
That development continued over the summer as Trotter grew stronger and more confident on that leg. He said for him it was a matter of cutting loose and playing the game like he knows he can.
"I feel like the summer helped me get my knee back under me a lot," Trotter said. "It helped me get the agility back I had before. Before that I could do everything but I didn't feel as good as I do now."
Something else that has helped Trotter and the rest of the Auburn offense turn it loose is the fact they're in the second year of an offense for the first time since that same 2008 season when Al Borges returned but was let go before the bowl game. Trotter said you can't imagine how much impact that has on a player to be able to know exactly what's going on with every play.
"It makes a huge, huge difference for us," Trotter said. "For the most part lots of guys on the offense know what we're supposed to do. For us as quarterbacks, when we don't have to worry about getting everybody else in position and can focus more on what we're supposed to do, I think that's going to help us a lot going into this next season."
With Newton the odds-on favorite to be the starter on Sept. 4 when the Tigers face Arkansas State, Trotter said for him it's just a matter of continuing to battle because nothing is done until they take the field that day.
"You're going to work hard whether you're first, second, or third team," Trotter said. "For me it really doesn't change anything."