Auburn wide receiver Marcus Davis sounded like a guy ready to run routes for Sean White again.
Davis caught one pass from the redshirt freshman for 22 yards in the quarterback’s first start against Mississippi State. It was the longest play in the passing game for Auburn in the 17-9 loss.
Davis acknowledged the disappointment over the offense not making it into the red zone, but gave White’s debut glowing reviews.
“He showed a lot of courage and had the want-to to win,” Davis said. “That really just motivated the guys around him.”
Davis echoed the comments White’s former coaches made about the 6-foot-0, 200-pounder's level of focus, and determination.
“I think that guy played with a lot of courage. He did his best to make plays for us yesterday,” Davis said. “It meant a lot because as a group we told him we would be behind him. Just to see that I think it was something in return for us and motivated us to keep playing hard.”
The lack of points on the board didn’t reflect the success the offense had moving the ball.
White was 20 of 28 for 188 yards with an interception, and ran the ball 11 times for 29 yards. The offense had 25 first downs, and easily won the time of possession battle.
The quarterback made two plays with his legs in the third quarter -- a called rush up the middle for 31 yards and scrambled for a gain of 13 yards -- that impressed Davis.
“I was kind of surprised because I played that guy like three years in high school and he always beat us throwing,” Davis said. “I had never really seen him run, but that guy can really move around and make plays.”
What Davis saw in those games was White’s strong leadership qualities, and “swagger.” Qualities Davis said will be important if the offense hopes to quickly improve.
“Our slogan is count on me and I think we really have to put that in play now,” Davis said. “For the most part we’ve got a good group of leaders that will do their best to keep the attitude right around here. I think we’ll be in a good position to move forward.”