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Lashlee: Optimistic about QB Sean White's status for Texas A&M game

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn quarterback Sean White (13) throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Auburn, Ala.
Auburn quarterback Sean White (13) throws during warmups before an NCAA college football game against Mississippi, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2015, in Auburn, Ala. AP Photo

Auburn quarterback Sean White didn’t do anything Saturday in a 27-19 loss to Ole Miss to further injure his left knee.

Dr. James Andrew evaluated White after the game, and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said the quarterback’s knee was any worse than it was last week.

Lashlee is “optimistic” about White’s status for next week’s game against Texas A&M, and the redshirt freshman’s practice availability. White will get two full days of rest before having to test the knee on the practice field.

"He's OK," Lashlee said. "He's not worse off than he was before, so we're optimistic that he'll even be better this week."

Auburn’s coaching staff didn’t reveal White’s injury until two hours before kickoff against Ole Miss.

White didn’t practice during the week after his knee swelled up Tuesday. The injury was bad enough that the coaching staff prepared Jeremy Johnson as if he was going to start.

On Saturday at Jordan-Hare Stadium, coach Gus Malzahn determined White was healthy enough during drills, and the pregame walkthrough that he could start.

Lashlee didn’t think White would have stayed on the bench had Malzahn tried to rule him out.

“He's tough as nails,” Lashlee said. “So far in five games, that's his number one strength in my opinion. He's just tough. He's a competitor. He's gritty. If I were to try to tell him in pregame warmups I didn't think he could go, I think we would have 12 men on the field the first play. He was going to play. He was determined."

With limited mobility, White finished 12 of 28 for 258 yards with a touchdown and interception.”

Lashlee praised the performance, and the toughness White showed to make it through the game at less than 100 percent while putting Auburn in position to win the game.

“I knew he was tough and he loved to compete, that was one of the things that drew us to him, his competitive nature and his ability to kinda almost always be in situations where he was counted out and he overcame those things,” Lashlee said. “But I know he was frustrated last week not being able to practice throughout the week. To go out there and not only play, but play good enough for us to win in a lot of aspects, shows a lot about him.”

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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