Auburn coaches and players reconvene Monday to start preparations for the Birmingham Bowl.
The first of 15 bowl practices will be the first opportunity for coaches to evaluate the progress of injured players since the end of the regular season.
It’s why Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was reluctant to talk about his expectations for injured quarterback Sean White, center Austin Golson and tackle Avery Young during his press conference previewing the bowl game at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Thursday.
While Malzahn is optimistic the extended time of will benefit the group, he’s waiting for the training staff to take a look at the players before discussing the offense’s plan for Memphis.
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White injured his left knee in the overtime loss to Arkansas back in week seven. He started against Ole Miss wearing a brace around his knee and played four series against Georgia.
Malzahn didn’t comment on if White would get a chance to compete for the starting job in the bowl game with Jeremy Johnson.
“He was getting healthier towards the end (of the season),” Malzahn said. “We have had some time off now. We are going to practice Monday and we’ll see how all of our guys are doing. We had some other guys banged up to.”
Golson suffered a leg injury in the second half of the Georgia game and missed the final two weeks of the season while Young was injured against Alabama.
Devonte Danzey started both games in place of Golson and Robert Leff is Auburn’s backup tackle.