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No one ready to touch Auburn’s QB situation for next week’s game against Georgia

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signals a touchdown as he looks at an official during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Officials reviewed the play and changed the ruling on the field to a touchdown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Auburn coach Gus Malzahn signals a touchdown as he looks at an official during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Texas A&M Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in College Station, Texas. Officials reviewed the play and changed the ruling on the field to a touchdown. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) AP

Auburn quarterback Sean White’s health is up in the air.

Backup Jeremy Johnson played his best game since his first appearance all the way back in the 2014’s season-opener against Arkansas.

Ten weeks into the season Auburn might find itself in the midst of another quarterback controversy.

Maybe.

Auburn coach Gus Malzahn was quick to praise Johnson’s “phenomenal” performance Saturday night in a 26-10 win over Texas A&M, but wouldn’t touch the question about which quarterback will start against Georgia at Jordan-Hare Stadium next week if White is healthy.

“We’ll cross that bridge when we get there, we are just going to enjoy the victory tonight,” Malzahn said.

Johnson also declined to speculate about what Auburn’s game plan will be next week at the quarterback spot.

“I’m just going to leave that in the coach’s hands, what happens, happens,” Johnson said.

Despite competing for the quarterback spot, Johnson and White have remained close friends and roommates throughout the process. Johnson said he played Saturday night for White, who he called a “great player and great teammate.”

Johnson wasn’t publicly announced as the starter until 40 minutes before kickoff, but Malzahn told the quarterback Thursday he was going to start.

White’s left knee injury didn’t respond to treatment throughout the week, and he wasn’t able to do anything in practice this week. It was the second straight week White missed practice.

In five starts, White was 2-3 with 1,063 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions on 74 of 125 passing.

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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