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Tigers still confident in quarterback position

AUBURN, AL - The Auburn Tigers know that the 2011 team will not be the same as the National Championship team.

"Last year is so far, so far in the rear view mirror," said Auburn Defensive Coordinator Ted Roof.

The biggest change, no Cam Newton at Quarterback. Instead it'll be Junior Barrett Trotter or Sophomore Clint Moseley taking over Gus Malzahn's offense.

"It's my sixth year coaching college and I have six different starting quarterbacks," said Offensive Coordinator Gus Malzahn. "The good thing now with Clint and Barrett, they've been in the system two years, both of them they have a good understanding of the offense, even though they haven't been on the field in game type situations much." 

Both are fully aware they're not going to be the next Cam Newton. But, they know what it takes to be successful under coach Malzahn's system.

"I bring a different aspect of quarterbacking to the table for sure," Moseley said.  "Am I saying I'm better than him? No I'm not saying that. He was a different athlete. That's something both me and Barrett both know about ourselves, we're going to throw it more than he did."

The rest of the team understands the realities of starting over too, but they're not going to lower their expectations.

"Not necessarily pressure I would say but you know, it's our goal every year, we've done it once we can do it again," said Offensive Lineman A.J. Greene. "We're going to do what we do, whether we have Cam or Barrett Trotter or Clint Moseley out there or not."

The goal: Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, in 255 days.

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