Staring at an immediate future that likely included either Clint Moseley or Kiehl Frazier as Auburn’s starting quarterback in 2012, Barrett Trotter has decided to leave the football program.
In a release, Auburn announced that the fourth-year junior will not return to the football team in 2012. It’s uncertain whether he will transfer to another school — he’s already graduated, so he could play immediately at a Div. 1-A school — or make himself available for the NFL draft.
The deadline for that was Sunday, although the official list won’t be released by the NFL until Thursday. It’s also possible Trotter could give up football altogether.
“My four years at Auburn has been a great experience and I’m thankful for the opportunities that I’ve had, however, I have decided to forgo my senior season,” Trotter said in a statement “I’m truly blessed to have been a part of winning seasons and championships during my time at Auburn.”
Trotter started the first seven games of the season after being named as Cam Newton‘s replacement midway through summer camp, but did not play in the final five games of the regular season after being benched in favor of Moseley. He came off the bench to replace an injured Moseley and led the Tigers to a Chick-fil-A bowl win over Virginia.
“Barrett is a great young man who ended his career in a fitting way by helping lead our team to victory in the Chick-fil-A Bowl,” Chizik said. “We are very appreciative to Barrett for his contributions to Auburn, both on and off the field, and wish him nothing but the best.”
UPDATED 6:46 p.m. ET: The Birmingham News writes that Trotter “is planning to participate in Auburn’s Pro Day tryouts in March”, intimating that he was one of the underclassmen who filed their draft paperwork with the NFL prior to the deadline.