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Trotter is the man

AUBURN – For Barrett Trotter, the long wait finally paid off Thursday. Trotter, a fourth-year junior from Briarwood Christian High School in Birmingham, was named Auburn’s starting quarterback.

Trotter, Heisman Trophy winner Cam Newton’s backup last season, got the nod over third-year sophomore Clint Moseley and true freshman Kiehl Frazier. Trotter and Moseley were locked in a tight race from spring practice until Thursday, when offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn informed the quarterbacks of his decision.

No decision was announced on who will be the backup and who will be No. 3.

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik said Trotter earned the job through hard work and dedication.

“Barrett has worked extremely hard to earn the starting quarterback job at Auburn University,” Chizik said. “I’m very proud of him for the leadership and hard work he has shown not only during camp, but also during his three years at Auburn. Barrett has a great opportunity to represent and lead this football team moving forward. Barrett understands the huge responsibility that comes with being the starting quarterback at Auburn and we are confident in his ability to lead this team."

The decision, Chizik said, was not an easy one.

“These decisions are extremely tough when dealing with such competitive young men who have a strong desire to excel,” Chizik said. “Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier worked very hard and it’s been a great competition that will make our young team better. Clint and Kiehl both have a lot of ability and will continue to improve. We look forward to watching their progress as the years go on.”

Trotter, listed at 6-foot-2 and 207 pounds, played in six games last season. He completed 6-of-9 passes for 64 yards and no touchdowns. He rushed five times for 68 yards and a touchdown.

Trotter signed with Auburn in February 2008. He suffered a torn ACL in the spring of 2009.

At Briarwood, Trotter passed for 7,968 yards and 88 touchdowns. Both numbers were school records and third all-time in Alabama high school football history.

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