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Auburn coach Gus Malzahn not viewing uncertainty at QB for Iron Bowl as a negative

Michael Niziolek

mniziolek@ledger-enquirer.com

Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson gets ready for the snap against Idaho Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com)
Auburn quarterback Jeremy Johnson gets ready for the snap against Idaho Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at Jordan-Hare Stadium. (Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com) Michael Niziolek | Ledger-Enquirer.com

Auburn isn’t ready to announce its quarterback for the 80th Iron Bowl.

Thanks to an injury to redshirt freshman Sean White the Tigers have gone a month dealing with uncertainty at the position.

After Jeremy Johnson struggled in Auburn’s first three games, coach Gus Malzahn looked to White for a spark on offense.

White went 2-3 as the starter with a win on the road at Kentucky. He injured his left knee in the fourth quarter of a 54-46 overtime loss to Arkansas.

Johnson returned to the lineup in a victory over Texas A&M and has started Auburn’s last three games. White made a brief appearance against Georgia, but the injury proved to be a lingering issue.

Malzahn wouldn’t put a percentage on White’s health Tuesday during his weekly press conference, but confirmed the Florida native is practicing and looking healthier than he was a week ago.

“He practiced the other day and he was much improved,” Malzahn said. “I'll probably know a little bit better after today's practice since we'll have padded practice exactly how close he is to 100 percent.”

Malzahn is “hoping” to name a starter toward the end of the week.

“I think the positive, you look at it now, is we've got two guys we feel good about that both have experience, both have won games on the road and in our league,” Malzahn said. “Really, I'm looking at it more as a positive at this point in the season.”

He also didn’t rule out the scenario offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee brought up Sunday night where both Johnson and White take snaps against Alabama.  

“We haven't decided that yet either,” Malzahn said. “I'll get with coach Lashlee and probably Thursday (or) Friday we'll get our plan together on how we're going to approach this game.”

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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