AUBURN, Ala. — Sean White has established himself as the next-in-line behind Nick Marshall and Jeremy Johnson on Auburn's quarterback depth chart.
White, a true freshman from Boca Raton, Fla., has moved ahead of junior Jonathan Wallace. Coach Gus Malzahn noted White got plenty of work in Saturday's practice at Jordan-Hare Stadium.
"We gave Sean White quite a bit of reps today," Malzahn said. "I thought he has really responded well. He's going to go into the season as our third quarterback, so we really wanted make sure he had a good feel for everything. He was very impressive."
His best attribute is one the Tigers already knew about: pinpoint accuracy. It's the other abilities he's flashed that has impressed Malzahn the most, though.
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"You never know how they handle everything else that goes with the position," Malzahn said, "but I believe the couple scrimmages he's been live, he runs better than everybody thinks, and you know, you can really evaluate a quarterback when they're live. And I really feel like he's gotten better."
"Sean is a great quarterback," the sophomore said. "He makes throws that any quarterback can make. He’s great. He’s the real deal and he’s got a lot coming in the future."
How far off is that future?
Malzahn wouldn't rule out White getting playing time this fall. Not that he necessarily wants that to happen. Malzahn just knows how unpredictable football can be, especially over the course of a long season.
So it's quite possible No. 13 will see the field sooner rather than later.
"In a perfect world, you redshirt a guy, but you never know," Malzahn said. "We run our quarterbacks, so you never can have enough quarterbacks. I know (offensive coordinator) Coach (Rhett) Lashlee's working hard to get him ready."