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Lashlee: No touchdowns for Auburn QB Sean White in four games 'unusual'

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee conceded that seeing a zero next to touchdowns for Sean White on the Tigers’ stat sheet through four games is a bit “unusual.”

The offense is averaging 30 points a game under the freshman quarterback.

White has thrown for 805 yards while completing 63 percent of his passes, but in 97 attempts hasn’t been able to come up with a single touchdown.

Lashlee would be more concerned about the stat if the offense’s red zone production was suffering with White under center, but it’s not.

The offense has scored points in 15 of its last 16 trips inside the 25-yard line, and 13 touchdowns.

“We’re getting in the red zone and we’re running the football well,” Lashlee said. “If we were struggling to do both, that would be a concern but we’re doing a good job finishing as we run the ball for 250-plus yards the last few games. It’ll come.”

Peyton Barber has been the biggest beneficiary with 11 touchdowns in the Tigers’ last three games.

“It just has happened that way,” Lashlee said. “It’s been weird but the fact that we’re punching it in, I’m not concerned.”

Quick Hits

* Rhett Lashlee doesn’t know exactly how each offensive lineman has graded out in recent weeks, but identified Shon Coleman as a standout in the group. Coleman has started all seven of Auburn’s games this season at left tackle.

With Tigers staying healthy up front, Avery Young is only starter who has missed a game this season (week two against Jacksonville State), Lashlee sees the group developing a nice chemistry.

“Those guys know what to do,” he said.

* The coaching staff continues to share very little about Jovon Robinson’s lack of playing time. An ankle injury slowed him down early in the season, but both coach Gus Malzahn and Lashlee have said he is 100 percent healthy.

Robinson was one of Auburn’s four running backs to compete for the starting job during training camp, but hasn’t seen the field since the Tigers’ loss at LSU. He has four carries for 20 yards this season.

All Lashlee would say about Robinson’s role going forward was that all four running backs are “ready to roll.”

*  Auburn wide receiver Stanton Truitt might miss this week’s game. He injured his shoulder against Arkansas in the first half, and was replaced by Gray King. Lashlee called Truitt “day-to-day.”

“We’re just kind of taking it day to day and we’ll see,” Lashlee said. “He showed great toughness trying to hang in there, though.”

Truitt has one catch for 13 yards this season, and has six runs for 28 runs.

Michael Niziolek covers Auburn football for the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. Email him at mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com or follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Google+

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