Trotter looking forward to 1st road game

Trotter is ready for a trip away from home.

Going on the road is no big deal for junior quarterback Barrett Trotter.

Sure, he’s never had to start a game away from home in his Auburn career, but he likes the “us against the world” feeling that comes with playing in a hostile stadium.

“There’s no better feeling knowing that your team went in there with however many guys — 60-70 guys — and pretty much defeated however many thousands of people in there,” Trotter said. “That’s a good feeling.”

Trotter and the No. 21 Tigers get to test that mentality out for the first time this season Saturday, when they travel to take on Clemson.

It will be the first road trip for the Tigers’ bumper crop of true freshmen, who have cut their teeth at Jordan-Hare Stadium over the past two weeks.

Junior wide receiver Emory Blake has a bit of advice for his younger teammates.

“Just to stay calm, because it’s going to be a hostile environment,” Blake said. “We’re both undefeated teams coming in and they’re a big, physical team. A real physical team.

“I’ve heard they have a great stadium and a great fan base, so we’re going to have to come with it this week.”

Transition complete
Redshirt freshman LaDarius Owens saw his first game action at defensive end Saturday, his first live snaps at the position since the Under Armour All-American game at the end of his senior year of high school.

It lasted all of six plays. But he was grateful for them.

“It was crazy, man,” Owens said. “I ain’t even gonna lie.”

Owens, who moved from linebacker over the summer, said Saturday marked a big step toward getting acclimated to the speed of the college game, and he expects to start making a larger contribution on the Tigers’ line soon.

The 6-foot-2, 237-pounder said he’s been working at “quick” end since the switch, but defensive line coach Mike Pelton is gradually working him at the “power” end spot as well.

“I’m trying to get out there,” Owens said. “Whatever it takes, if it means I can get more plays, I’m going to do it.”

Speed to burn
Junior Dee Ford learned one thing from watching Clemson running back Andre Ellington run against the Tigers last year.

If he gets a step on you, he’s not coming back.

“He’s very shifty, and he’s good in open space,” Ford said. “He sees holes and he’s going to hit the holes. Once he’s in open space, it’s hard to catch him.”

Ellington, a 5-10, 190-pound junior, torched Auburn for 140 yards and a score on 22 carries in the teams’ meeting last season.

The speedster has 254 yards and a touchdown on 40 carries this season and — while Ford and the Tigers have already faced an elite back in Mississippi State’s Vick Ballard — Auburn’s defensive end said Ellington brings a whole different skill set to the table.

“That back in particular is just fast,” Ford said. “I can’t stress that enough, he is fast. Our angles are going to have to be crucial. We can’t give him any lanes.”

Sympathy for the equipment manager
Ford is all for Oregon’s phalanx of different uniforms.

He just doesn’t see why they have to change them so often.

“That’s too much to worry about, though,” Ford said. “I feel bad for their equipment staff. When you think of the number of guys they have to worry about — they come in, warm up and come out in the game in something different.

“That’s too much.”

Ford said another team’s outfits have caught his eye this season as well: the Maryland Terrapins and their Technicolor dream uniforms.

“I can understand they were trying to be a little different, but Maryland stood out to me,” Ford said. “I wouldn’t say in a bad way, it just threw me off a little bit.”

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