AUBURN – For Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter, August of 2011 is a month he will long remember.
Barrett Trotter will get his degree in communications Saturday.
Wednesday, Trotter will begin the stretch run in his drive to become Auburn’s starting quarterback. Saturday, he will walk across the stage at the Auburn Arena and receive his degree in communications.
A fourth-year junior in football, Trotter earned his degree in just three years. He graduated from Briarwood Christian School in 2008.
“That’s kind of a goal I set for myself,” Trotter said Tuesday. “I’ve been taking a lot of advice in trying to do it. It’s something I wanted to do and I’m real excited. I think the hardest part of college is not classes; it’s definitely the football side.
“Without football, the few times we’ve had off for a few days, the school part seems like a breeze. When you combine them, it’s definitely a struggle. You can do it as long as you keep your head straight.”
With two seasons of football eligibility remaining, Trotter will begin pursuit of a master’s degree in public administration. First, he’ll compete with sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier for the starting quarterback job.
Last season, Trotter was Heisman Trophy-winner Cam Newton’s backup, getting occasional mopup duty as the Tigers went 14-0 and won the national championship. He readily admits the pressure is on.
“It’s a position I haven’t always had the best shot for,” Trotter said. “I’m the oldest guy we have and have been around the longest. Those aren’t the deciding factors, but they do help. I know that is something I have an advantage in. I’m definitely excited for this camp.
“… Anytime you are in this position, you are going to feel pressure, much less following Cam and the season we had last year. Those things are always going to be there. It’s something you can’t focus too hard on.”
Trotter and Moseley left spring practice locked in a tight race. They’ll crank it up again Wednesday. Frazier also will have his say, though, in modern history, no true freshman has opened a season as Auburn’s starting quarterback.
Trotter says he’s ready.
“Definitely,” he said. “In the past, I haven’t really had that much opportunity in games to play to the level I think I’m really capable of. I haven’t really reached my potential. I’ve gone through all the motions of playing in a game, but I haven’t really been in the spot when I really have to get out there and do what it takes to win. Hopefully, that will change this year.”
Trotter finished his undergraduate career earlier in the week when he turned in a 20-page paper. Saturday, he and his family will celebrate a major accomplishment in his life. And then it will be back to work.
“I don’t make predictions.”
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