Auburn coach Gus Malzahn wants to stick with Sean White at quarterback Saturday against Alabama A&M, but the sophomore’s reinjured throwing shoulder could keep him sidelined.
“It'll be a kind of day-to-day, week-to-week deal,” Malzahn said Tuesday during his weekly press conference. “Not ready to make a call one way or the other with him. We'll play him when he's healthy. We'll see how that goes this week, and I'll give an update later in the week on that.”
White struggled in a 13-7 loss against Georgia going 6 of 20 for 27 yards with an interception.
On Sunday night, the quarterback admitted he should have been more vocal about the injury bothering him as the game went on.
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“I think I could have done a little bit better job just letting them know how bad it was really hurting me,” White said Sunday night.
Auburn’s coaching staff has been criticized for leaving White in the game, but Malzahn continued to defend the decision Tuesday.
“Obviously we knew he wasn't 100 percent but it was a close game and he wanted to be in there,” Malzahn said. “I know his teammates wanted him to be in there. Obviusly we couldn't find a way to score in that second half, but he's a tough guy. He's one of our leaders.”
Malzahn added an extra layer of uncertainty to Auburn’s quarterback situation when he wouldn’t commit to John Franklin III as the starter if White sits out.
“John Franklin's taken all the No. 2 reps. Jeremy's taken reps the last couple of weeks,” Malzahn said. “Not ready to make a call exactly on that. Later in the week, I'll definitely let everybody know.”
Franklin has played in all 10 of Auburn’s games this season. The junior college transfer played the entire fourth quarter against Texas A&M in week three and started for the first time in his collegiate career against Vanderbilt.
While Auburn’s coaching staff has give Franklin few opportunities to throw the ball — he is 9 of 15 for 94 yards with a touchdown — Malzahn insists they have confience in the quarterback’s ability to run the entire offense.
“We have confidence in whoever we put out there that’s 100 percent the truth,” Malzahn said.
One quarterback it won’t be is true freshman Woody Barrett. Barrett posted a since deleted tweet Sunday saying he’s “been Patient (SIC) enough,” but Lashlee said the coaching staff has no plans to burn the quarterback’s redshirt.
“Woody is redshirting,” Lashlee said. “Woody is a great kid. His tweet was in regards to next year. Sometimes people don’t understand how things are portrayed. There was nothing to that.”