In one year, Newton thrashed any defense that stood in his way, leading the Auburn Tigers to a 2010 National Championship and earning plenty of hardware (including the Heisman Trophy) in the process.
Now, Auburn must find Newton’s predecessor as they hope to continue their reign over the rest of the SEC. Apparently, junior quarterback Barrett Trotter is the answer to their problems. Trotter won the spot after a spring ball battle between him, sophomore Clint Moseley and freshman Kiehl Frazier. However, I certainly hope they aren’t expecting the same magic that Newton displayed in 2011.
Throughout his three years at Auburn, Trotter has amassed 64 passing yards and 68 rush yards, including one touchdown on the ground. All 132 of those yards came last year while mopping-up the shriveled remains of defenses that Newton had just torched. Despite the fact that he doesn’t have an overwhelming amount of experience, he still has more than the other two quarterback candidates for Auburn.
Even though Trotter rarely saw the field in 2010, he looked good with the ball in his hands and showed that he has play-making potential as a starting quarterback. He threw no interceptions and only missed on three of his nine passes. He even made plays with his feet, which could help make up for the loss of Newton’s tremendous ground game.
It’s going to be tough for Trotter to replace Newton. Then again, it might be tough for any quarterback in college football to replace a Heisman-capturing, National Championship-winning, SEC-conquering, defense-devouring playmaker who gets drafted first overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
Stay tuned as we wait to see whether or not Trotter can fill those Shaq-sized shoes.