Backcourt mate Joe Martin is no slouch, either. The 6-4, 210-pounder ranks fourth nationally with 12.6 rebounds per game – an amazing number for a guard. He also averages 13.2 points per game.
Trotter and Martin are the latest in an impressive line of quality guards the Vols have faced this season. Here's a brief recap:
Game 1 saw East Tennessee State's Tim Smith visit Thompson-Boling Arena. Though only 5-feet-8, he very nearly opted for the NBA Draft following his junior season. He showed NBA-type skills against Tennessee, scoring 22 second-half points en route to a 26-point effort vs. the Vols.
Game 2 saw the Vols face a different style of guard in Louisiana-Lafayette's Dwayne Mitchell. Whereas Smith is a little guy with speed, Mitchell is a big guy with power. He produced 19 points and 20 (no misprint) rebounds against UT.
Game 4 saw Tennessee take on Murray State's Trey Pearson, the preseason pick for Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year. The Vols did a great job on Pearson, limiting him to 8 points, far below his 19.5 average.
Game 6 saw the Big Orange try to corral Texas' Daniel Gibson, who was tabbed National Freshman of the Year in 2004-05 and is on the 50-man watch list for the prestigious Wooden Award, given annually to college basketball's premier player. Gibson was injured early, played just nine minutes and scored just 2 points. Talented freshman backup A.J. Abrams came off the bench to score 19, however.
Game 7 saw Tennessee face Oklahoma State's JamesOn Curry, who is on the watch list for the Wooden Award AND the Naismith Award. Curry burned the Vols for 16 points and 7 assists. Backcourt mate Byron Eaton, a gifted freshman, also scored 16 for the Cowboys.
Obie Trotter may lack the national reputation of guys like Gibson and Curry but he'll provide a stern test for Tennessee's backcourt. Of course, the Vols probably are used to that by now.