AU: Trotter not returning for sr. season

Auburn University is confirming that junior quarterback Barrett Trotter will not return for his senior season. Head coach Gene Chizik made the announcement Monday.

A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll recipient, Trotter graduated in August of 2011 with a degree in communications and is currently enrolled in graduate school at Auburn.

In eight games in 2011, including seven starts, Trotter completed 92-of-167 passes for 1,184 yards with 11 touchdown passes.

"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. "I'm truly blessed to have been a part of winning seasons and championships during my time at Auburn. I'm also very appreciative of Coach Chizik and the coaching staff, as well as my teammates and the entire Auburn family."

Trotter replaced an injured Clint Moseley in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and helped lead the Tigers to a 43-24 come-from-behind victory over Virginia. A native of Birmingham, Trotter threw for 175 yards on 11-of-18 passing with one touchdown and 32 yards rushing against the Cavaliers.

"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 as he takes the next step in his life."

Trotter played in 14 career games, throwing for 1,248 yards and 11 touchdowns.