Trotter Says He's Making Progress

Quarterback Barrett Trotter is hoping to earn playing time this season as a redshirt sophomore for the Auburn football team.

Auburn, Ala.--Gus Malzahn, Auburn's offensive coordinator and coach of the quarterbacks, said in the spring that Barrett Trotter was an improved quarterback.

As Auburn prepares for its third scrimmage of the spring on Tuesday, Malzahn says that Trotter has continued to improve and is playing well.

A redshirt sophomore out of Briarwood Christian in Birmingham who missed the 2009 season while rehabbing from a knee injury, Trotter saw a significant amount of scrimmage time on Saturday as the backup to Cameron Newton and came away pleased with what happened.

"I thought it went good," the quarterback tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I thought we moved the ball well and we made some big, explosive plays on offense."

For the first scrimmage on Wednesday night, Malzahn played the other quarterbacks while Trotter watched from the sidelines.

"The second scrimmage was a lot more fun than what I did last time, but it was good that some other guys got a chance to get in the other night and I was able to get in this one,"?Trotter says. "It all works out fine in the end. It is something you can't worry about. You just have to let it go."

Trotter agrees with Malzahn that he is continuing to improve while directing the offense. He was cleared to practice with the team last December when the Tigers were preparing for the Outback Bowl. He continued to make progress on recovering from knee surgery during winter workouts. He was significantly more mobile in spring drills than he was in December

"I feel good and I feel like I have come a long way since spring and we all have getting more comfortable with the offense," Trotter says.

"We have been getting new guys in there that you have to get comfortable throwing to and you have to get used to what they are doing while they have to get used to the offense."

Trotter is shown during a preseason practice.

The offense got off to a strong start in the first half of the scrimmage while the defense improved in the second half on Saturday.

"We had some explosive plays for long runs and long passes early in the scrimmage and kind of put the defense in a bind and that is what you have got to do," Trotter says.

One of those big plays was a touchdown pass that Trotter threw to sophomore wide receiver Emory Blake. "Emory had a nice catch on a long pass I threw him," the quarterback says. "It was about 30 to 40 yards."

Trotter and his teammates will return to the practice field for a Monday evening workout. The Tigers are scheduled to practice once on Monday and twice on Tuesday before taking the day off on Wednesday as fall semester classes begin.

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