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August 18, 2011Auburn junior Barrett Trotter has been named the starting quarterback for the Tigers' season opener on Sept. 3 against Utah State, head coach Gene Chizik announced Thursday.
"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."
A native of Birmingham, Trotter appeared in six games as a sophomore in 2010, throwing for 64 yards on 6-of-9 passing. A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Trotter graduated in August 2011 with a degree in communications.
"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."
Auburn returns to the practice fields Thursday at 5 p.m. CT.