Barrett Trotter named starting QB

After months of competition and speculation, Auburn has found its starting quarterback -- at least for the season opener.

Auburn coach Gene Chizik announced Thursday that redshirt junior Barrett Trotter will start for the Tigers against Utah State on Sept. 3.

"Barrett has worked extremely hard to earn the starting quarterback job at Auburn University," Chizik said. "I'm very proud of him for the leadership and hard work he has shown not only during camp but also during his three years at Auburn. Barrett has a great opportunity to represent and lead this football team moving forward. Barrett understands the huge responsibility that comes with being the starting quarterback at Auburn and we are confident in his ability to lead this team."

Trotter spent the spring battling redshirt sophomore Clint Moseley for the starting spot left by Heisman Trophy winner and eventual No. 1 NFL draft pick Cam Newton.

Both quarterbacks ended the spring even and welcomed a third member to the competition this summer with the arrival of true freshman Kiehl Frazier, a dual-threat quarterback rated as the nation's No. 2 quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class.

"These decisions are extremely tough when dealing with such competitive young men who have a strong desire to excel," Chizik said. "Clint Moseley and Kiehl Frazier worked very hard and it's been a great competition that will make our young team better. Clint and Kiehl both have a lot of ability and will continue to improve. We look forward to watching their progress as the years go on."

Trotter is the only one of the three with game experience, appearing in six games in 2010 and completing 6-of-9 passes for 64 yards.

Edward Aschoff covers the SEC for ESPN.com.