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Chizik to evaluate quarterback situation after loss to Arkansas

Barrett Trotter

Following Auburn’s 38-14 loss to Arkansas on Saturday, coach Gene Chizik addressed the quarterback situation during his Sunday conference. Starter Barrett Trotter (pictured) has played well enough through six games, but his Achilles’ heel has been turnovers — he has six interceptions this season.

Today, Barrett Trotter is our starting quarterback,” Chizik said. “Obviously, we’ll spend all day today, we’ll spend all day tomorrow evaluating all of our positions on our team just like we do every Sunday and every Monday. And we’ll go from there. But today, Barrett Trotter is our starting quarterback.”

Trotter was 6-of-19 for 81 yards in a pick during Saturday’s loss. In both losses for the Tigers this year (the other being against Clemson), Trotter has completed less than 50 percent of his passes and thrown two total interceptions to one touchdown. But, there doesn’t look to be a solid replacement behind Trotter that can come in right away and produce. Freshman Kiehl Frazier has seen the field  in Wildcat formations, but his knowledge of Guz Malzahn’s playbook appears limited at best; backup Clint Moseley has rarely been used this season.

“We’re going to continue to closely evaluate whatever gives us the best chance to win every week. That’s not just the quarterback spot, that’s every spot,” Chizik said.

Auburn is very talented, to be sure, but they’re also incredibly young on both sides of the ball. You’d have to think barring a complete meltdown that Chizik would stick with Trotter for the rest of the season.

(Quotes courtesy of Birmingham News) 

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4 Responses to “Chizik to evaluate quarterback situation after loss to Arkansas”
  1. harveyballwanger says: Oct 10, 2011 4:10 PM

    How much does a good quarterback cost these days anyway? I heard the last one cost somewhere between $180k and $200K. Did Auburn spend all of their slush fund on their tainted National Championship last year?

  2. gatiger says: Oct 10, 2011 4:35 PM

    If Trotter would just do no harm, that would be enough. Instead of throwing the ball away, he starts scrambling. Instead of 2nd and 10, its 2nd and 15 or so.

    Also, on the times he makes a good pass, our receivers have been AWFUL. Benton, McCaleb, and even Lutz….(not going to trying and spell it) dropped passes.

    Auburn is not good enough to give plays away.

    ps @haveryballwanger…LOVE to see any documentation you have on your lame claims.

  3. skinsfanintx says: Oct 10, 2011 9:06 PM

    Arkansas, on defense, has been terrible. Auburn needs to figure out why Iowa State, wait, Auburn’s coach came from there, why Auburn is now so much a SEC mediocre team, without Cam Newton.

    Cam Newton was and is special, paid or unpaid.

    Auburn is only the 4th best team in the SEC West because I would take Gene Chizik over both coaches from Oxford and Starkville.

    Houston Nutt sucks … I will take Dan Mullen, over Nutt and Chizik.

    Is Tommy West still head coach at Memphis ? I would TAKE HIM over … let me stop.

  4. tappstry says: Oct 10, 2011 11:41 PM

    To skinsfanitx:
    If Arkansas’s defense is so terrible then why did they only allow 3 pts total in the second half the past two weeks?

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