[Full disclosure: I know Auburn quarterback Barrett Trotter’s parents and I am a fan of his.]
So, it was nice to see Trotter get a second chance and go out a winner, despite Auburn winning.
Trotter was unceremoniously dumped as Auburn’s quarterback during the Florida game, despite playing a major role in wins over Utah State, Mississippi State and South Carolina. Trotter isn’t the most talented player ever to play quarterback for SEC (duh), but he’s a smart kid, fairly athletic and knew the offense very well. Once he began platooning with freshman quarterback Kiehl Frazier, though, he became much less effective and was eventually benched – a sign that Auburn was turning their eyes to the future (even though Trotter has one more year of eligibility).
In hindsight, that looks like a questionable call by the Auburn coaching staff.
From Trotter’s perspective, though, it looks like a win-win. He save himself a beating against LSU, Alabama and Georgia and still managed to go out a winner.